McCain and Hayworth battle over infomercial
The infomercial plays on in Arizona. At least when it comes to the feisty battle between Sen. John McCain and GOP challenger and former U.S. Rep J.D. Hayworth.
The McCain camp came out swinging on Thursday, calling on his opponent in the Republican primary to “come clean” about an infomercial he did post-Congress that promised viewers free, yes, free government money. The 30-minute infomercial for a Florida company was made in 2007.
McCain wants to know how much the former six-term congressman was paid and the terms of the contract he inked with National Grants Conference, a company that has drawn harsh criticism from some consumer advocates.
“For personal profit, Congressman Hayworth sold his name and the integrity of the United States Congress to an absurd ‘free government money’ infomercial scam that ripped innocent people off,” said Brian Rogers, McCain’s campaign spokesman.
A campaign spokesman for Hayworth, who lost a close election in 2006, cast aside the charges made by the twice-presidential candidate in a statement released to Reuters.
Spokesman Mark Sanders said the claims are nothing more than “distractions and distortions” meant to hide the real issue from Arizona voters.
“One and only one issue matters in this campaign,” he said. “John McCain’s inability to tell the truth about his real position on granting amnesty to illegal aliens and how much that ill-conceived plan will cost taxpayers.” He pegged that figure at $2.6 trillion.
Stay tuned. The primary is still 48 days away.
Reporting by David Schwartz