McCain in fight for his political life

J.D. Hayworth: Can he take down McCain? (AP)

A serious re-election fight wasn’t what Republican John McCain expected when he returned to the Senate after losing the presidency.

But the four-term senator is battling for his political life in a race that embodies the volatility of an unpredictable election year. He’s facing former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, a fellow Republican pushing him farther to the right as GOP voters demand conservative purity in their candidates and punish those with ties to the Washington establishment.

Two longtime Senate incumbents have fallen — Bob Bennett, R-Utah, and Arlen Specter, D-Pa. A third — Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark. — could see her hopes dashed this Tuesday in a runoff amid voter inclination to reward political neophytes who adhere to party principles over experience.

McCain’s popularity fell in Arizona as he spent years campaigning outside of it, twice for the White House. Hayworth, a radio talk show host who had been in Congress for a dozen years but lost to a Democrat in 2006, saw a chance for a political comeback.

The behemoth in the race, McCain has a decades-old political organization, millions in the bank and six campaign offices. He’s counting on his deep ties to Arizona and legions of longtime backers to carry him through. In contrast, Hayworth has never run statewide, is struggling to raise money and has just two offices. But he’s being fueled by disaffected McCain backers and voters hungry for new leadership.

“He’s been there too long. And he hasn’t done anything for Arizona,” Ally Miller says of McCain, 73. “It’s time for someone new.”

Among Hayworth supporters, there’s a feeling that McCain hasn’t been a loyal Republican, he’s ignored Arizona and his time has passed. Many have voted for him for years — because, they say, there wasn’t another option. With the 51-year-old Hayworth, people fed up with the status quo — and unwilling to automatically give McCain a new six-year term — have somewhere to turn.

“Hayworth is a true conservative patriot,” said a supporter, John Kessler. “McCain has become a big government, tax-and-spend liberal.”

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press

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11 Responses to "McCain in fight for his political life"

  1. paulb6  June 6, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Can’t any newspaper do there own investigating instead of copy and paste from AP news. You read one and it is the same as all the rest, unlike tv HAHAHA

  2. griff  June 6, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Geez, put the old man out to pasture already. Who the hell would want to seek reelection at 73 years old any way? Oh that’s right – a power-addicted parasite, that’s who.

    • Louis  June 7, 2010 at 4:53 pm

      How about dedicated American who wants to see his lifes work realized?

      • hologram5  June 11, 2010 at 9:18 am

        The only thing this old codger is dedicated to is promoting his own agenda. He is an old racist bigot that needs to go the way of the dinosaur.

  3. Charles  June 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Putting the old man to pasture would be the dumbest thing Arizona could do. There is no way we want the ever so unethical, never intelligent, lack of contentment, love of earmarks, blowhard of the century returning to Congress. JD is a joke and not good enough for me to vote for him!

    • paulb6  June 7, 2010 at 7:09 am

      Would you rather have a old man who has not done anything for AZ except try to block there right to be free of ILLEGAL immigrants, except when the citizens finaly have enough of his ways and throw him out. Hero my butt !

    • George  June 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm

      Not only is he not good enough for you he’s not good enough for Arizona as a whole. We already got rid of JD once it’s time we do it again.

  4. Louis  June 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    This is ridiculous! JD will never get elected again in this state. The media is truly creating this competition b/c not many in AZ would give JD a second look..

  5. roy  June 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    JD is an unethical blowhard who has wasted our time in the past not to mention our money. Stand up Arizona and send JD back to low end radio station where he belongs.

  6. woody188  June 7, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Looks like Arizona is getting duped by the establishment again. What a choice, an old man that does nothing for their state or an unethical moron that would sell his mother for a dime. Is this the best out there they have to choose from?

    No, of course not. It’s just the best that those currently in charge want to give you for a choice. Two easily controlled psychopaths to further your destruction. Good luck Arizona!

  7. hologram5  June 11, 2010 at 9:22 am

    It is clearly time to take the money issues out of running for office. I think that it is unconstitutional for you to have so much money to run. It’s ridiculous and should stop. It should not matter how much money you have. But of course that’s the way they want it to stay. Only the richest and most “groomed” make it into office. Hey we tried it their way and look what is happening. Let’s try putting a poor working man in office for a change? We want change, so let’s make it happen ourselves because obviously these clowns like the status quo.

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