For Immediate Release: April 13, 2010
Introduces Debate Challenge Clock on Website
Phoenix, AZ (April 13) – Over 45 days after first challenging Senator John McCain to a series of debates, J.D. Hayworth has reissued his challenge and called for McCain to give the voters of Arizona the attention they deserve.
“Senator McCain clearly believes that spending millions of dollars on attack ads is what constitutes a campaign, but the voters of Arizona deserve much better from our part-time Senator.” said Hayworth.
Hayworth is critical of McCain for continuing to travel around the country while ignoring numerous opportunities to debate Hayworth in front of Arizona voters.
Hayworth went on to say, “It appears that our now-reluctant ‘maverick’ Senator just can’t get enough of the national limelight, but after more than ten years of caring more what voters outside of Arizona think than voters here at home, it is time for John McCain to give the voters of Arizona the same debates he demanded of Barack Obama.”
In McCain’s campaign against Obama, McCain called for ten debates that would allow the voters to hear directly from the candidates – without the empty sound bites and media-filtered exchanges that dominate elections.
Hayworth said, “I would be happy to accept the same scenario, but it would be even better if John McCain would agree to a debate in all 15 Arizona counties.”
“John McCain and J.D. Hayworth have very real differences on a variety of issues, and the voters deserve to hear directly from the candidates.” said David Payne, Hayworth’s campaign manager. “Whether the issue is McCain’s votes for amnesty, cap & trade, bank bailouts, or so many others, I can understand why he would not want to debate a consistent conservative like J.D., but the people of Arizona, like people all over America, are getting very tired of career politicians who do not believe they should be held accountable.”
To help voters track how long McCain has been avoiding debates, the Hayworth campaign has launched a John McCain Debate challenge clock on its website, www.JDforSenate.com.