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Conservative challenger daubs John McCain “Avatar” blue in primary attack ad

March 5, 2010

Avatar_DrudgeBannerAn attack ad this week daubing Arizona Senator John McCain with blue face-paint like a cobalt-toned creature from the sci-fi blockbuster film ”Avatar” triggered a row in the desert state’s increasingly heated Republican primary race.

Fiery conservative challenger J.D. Hayworth launched the ad this week attacking McCain as a fake conservative, with a tag line that reads “John McCain, nominee for Best Conservative Actor.”

The ad, showing a slightly uneasy looking McCain tinted blue, channels the 3-D epic “Avatar” about the battle for survival of a turquoise-hued alien species, which is up for a Best Picture Oscar at this weekend’s Academy Awards. In the political spectrum, blue represents the Democratic Party.

Last month, combative talk show host and former congressman Hayworth launched a challenge to McCain, appealing to the party’s right-wing base in Arizona, a state McCain has represented in the Senate since 1986.

Hayworth is assailing McCain’s long record of working with Democrats who control an increasingly partisan Congress, in what analysts have predicted will be a bitter, hard-fought campaign that lays bare ideological fault lines at the heart of the Republican Party.

McCain’s campaign on Thursday asked Hayworth to take down or apologize for the “insulting online ad,” although Hayworth subsequently posted a second version that only added more blue tint to McCain’s face, further stoking the row.

“The Hayworth campaign obviously understands that the ad is offensive since they’ve already changed it,”  Brian Rogers, McCain’s campaign communications director, said in a statement.

“Unfortunately this proves yet again that Mr. Hayworth isn’t focused on solving the big challenges Arizona faces, but instead seems consumed by petty and insulting attacks against Senator McCain,” he added.

To shore up his vulnerable right flank in the race, McCain has lined up prominent conservatives to campaign for him. On Friday, Scott Brown, the recently elected senator from Massachusetts, was due to campaign with him at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.
   
The annual Academy Awards are being held in Los Angeles on Sunday. The edgy Arizona Republican primary runs through August  24.

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I love it!

Posted by osito3 | Report as abusive
 

Hmmm…lemme see. Arizona is being flooded by Illegal immigrants and the states services are being starved out by over use, Janet Napolitano thinks Joe Arpaio is a criminal, and McCain wants to make Arizona a Mexican territory….now you say that Hayworth is the one who is not facing the BIG PROBLEMS of Arizona? Bull-Krudd! McCain IS the Big Problem of the state of Arizona. Hayworth is the solution!

Posted by Justoffal | Report as abusive
 

Hmmm…lemme see. Arizona is being flooded by Illegal immigrants and the state’s services are being starved out by over use. Janet Napolitano thinks Joe Arpaio is a criminal and McCain wants to make Arizona a Mexican territory….now you say that Hayworth is the one who is not facing the BIG PROBLEMS of Arizona? Bull-Krudd! McCain IS the Big Problem of the state of Arizona. Hayworth is the solution!

Posted by Justoffal | Report as abusive
 

Working with Democrats is exactly how so many things get screwed up. McCain has had his time and now it’s JD’s turn to tackle some of the pressing problems that are being ignored. Shrinking government is the key to regaining freedoms.

Posted by dbt | Report as abusive
 

I’m looking forward to the debates. We need someone who will fight to stop the spending and bring back limited govt!!! JD is endorsed by the libertarian contingent of free market thinkers!!

Posted by MesaGuy37 | Report as abusive
 

I for one prefer the predictable sellout John McCain to an idiot talk-radio host. Who knows what kind of moronic legislation Hay-worth would support? Forget about actually writing legislation, he hasn’t got a clue.

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive
 

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