John McCain attacks GOP challenger for his support of ‘birther’ movement

U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the former Republican presidential nominee, has launched this Web video attacking GOP primary challenger J.D. Hayworth for his “birther” challenges to President Barack Obama.

“These are serious economic times, yet some are consumed by conspiracies,” the video begins.

Take note. You could see a version of this in Georgia’s race for governor:

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Andre

February 24th, 2010
1:52 pm

I’m not even Republican voter, but just seeing that there. It would make me vote for McCain. He really made a fool out of J.D.

Road Scholar

February 24th, 2010
1:59 pm

It would have been nice for McCain to have said what he feels instead of a narrator infering it!

mb

February 24th, 2010
2:03 pm

Lol the “birthers.” What a group of imbeciles.

bart

February 24th, 2010
2:14 pm

Nathan Deal for sure is a birther, and possibley Oxendine. Both are on record as not being opposed to secession, which, since they don’t seem to know their history, the Civil War actually took care of. With our state facing so many problems, the last thing we need are these far right loonies going off on tangents like birth certificates and secession. Furthermore, Deal has been my congressman, and he has done absolutely nothing for our district as far as I can tell.

Tony

February 24th, 2010
2:14 pm

LOL…whoa, talk about in your face slam dunk. Great ad.

Just in...

February 24th, 2010
2:20 pm

Jon McCain said this afternoon that he is against the video, that he, too, has always been a ‘birther’…

LOL! Flip-floppin old senile coot…

Larry

February 24th, 2010
2:43 pm

The birthers are mostly a Southern thang – 80% are from the South – it’s the new way denigrate and try to delegitimize OUR president, legally elected by a majority of American voters, without using the usual racist phrases and code words.

tc

February 24th, 2010
2:51 pm

the birthers are a bunch of goat ropers! how bout an iq test for congressmen and all political leaders.

lmno

February 24th, 2010
3:04 pm

If they ran that commercial in Georgia, it would ensure a victory for Hayworth. Hopefully, people in Arizona aren’t as dumb as Georgians.

Clem

February 24th, 2010
3:12 pm

Imno and Larry, sadly you are both correct.

RetiredSoldier

February 24th, 2010
3:33 pm

IQ test TC? Hmmm, only if you have one for voters too.

RetiredSoldier

February 24th, 2010
3:34 pm

Does that include you lmno?

Heather Czerniak

February 24th, 2010
3:42 pm

Oddly enough, the birther movement started in Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the Democratic nomination, with a little-known feminist splinter group called PUMA (Party Unity My A**). Of course, the Democrats are hoping we have forgotten about it.

Clem

February 24th, 2010
3:48 pm

Heather, quite honestly, it doesn’t matter where it began, it is still veiled racism. I believe one of the reasons Hillary lost was because of her negativity toward Obama, and the birth issue was one of them. She lost a lot of votes when she and Bill started playing the race card. Now it’s an issue the far right crazies in the Republican have taken up.

RetiredSoldier

February 24th, 2010
3:52 pm

Thanks Heather, libs don’t like to look into their closet and see they are just as bad.

RetiredSoldier

February 24th, 2010
3:53 pm

Clem, do you think the dems would have done the same thing if McCain had won? He wasn’t born in the U.S.

Keith

February 24th, 2010
4:22 pm

Folks, this a is a revolution and the party has to get rid of progressive Republicans like McCain and Lindsey Graham.

Eds

February 24th, 2010
4:27 pm

McCain is going to look really dumb if the demanded document is finally brought to light and Obama is evicted and has to go to jail for grand fraud. The conspiracy was not a detail

RetiredSoldier

February 24th, 2010
4:27 pm

Folks, this is a revolution and the party has to get rid of moderate Democrats like Ben and Bill Nelson. Keith, does either comment make sense?

tc

February 24th, 2010
4:28 pm

retired, yes i would support a test for voters like a citizenship test and some proof of minimal intelligence, maybe high school diploma or ged. further, they should pay or have paid taxes ie sales, property, or income for state level and at least fica, income or cap gains for federal level or married to someone who has some skin in the game. no tickee no laundry

tc

February 24th, 2010
4:30 pm

retired, i should have added to above or service to our country

RetiredSoldier

February 24th, 2010
4:32 pm

Wow, you shock me tc. The libs will be after you with a firing squad to follow at dawn. BTW, that comment of yours makes sense! Thats why it will never happen.

Winfield J. Abbe

February 24th, 2010
4:41 pm

The U. S. Constitution demands that only natural born citizens can serve as president. Evidently many of the anonymous posters above like to be fooled. Why doesn’t Obama simply produce his true birth certificate as all Americans do on a daily basis for a host of services? What does he have to hide? Numerous lawsuits are pending on this issue by some very serious and good Americans. This has nothing to do with his race. The issue for Mr. McCain was already settled earlier but never settled for Obama. For an extensive documentation of this issue see http://www.worldnetdaily.com.
It you like to be fooled that is your choice. If you do not like this provision in our Constitution that is your choice also, but don’t criticize others who legitimately seek to have the Constitutional demands complied with. It is Mr. Obama who has failed to be forthright with this issue and numerous others to, like his school records, papers authored and many other issues. Evidently he has plenty to hide. Mr. Obama has also continued most of the Bush policies. Both failed wars are going on bankrupting the nation and costing billions of dollars a day that must be borrowed. The debt limit was just increased to $ 14.3 trillion a totally unsustainable number. His attorney general has been running around the country defending every secrecy decision begun by the Bush Administration.
Obama is nothing but a smooth talking con artist.
As is illustrated above, some Americans have obviously been brainwashed and love to be fooled. Evidently you watch too much football entertainment and too many movies from the perverts in Hollywood.

tc

February 24th, 2010
4:41 pm

both the progressives and conservatives have good ideas, generally not at the same time on the same subject. amazed that the bulk of us in the middle of the bell curve can’t move this country to a better place.

Cutty

February 24th, 2010
4:47 pm

Winfield, if its not about race, how come no other President in recent history has had to jump through hoops to validate their citizenship? And if I recall, many dems knew McCain was born in Panama and not a peep was said about whether he was legally fit to be Prezbo.

tc

February 24th, 2010
4:55 pm

abbe, don’t you think the real issue with the birthers is obama’s policies or race? they should have challenged him adequately before elected.

RetiredSoldier

February 24th, 2010
4:59 pm

Cutty, that’s because he didn’t win. No issue if no victory. I bet it would have been an issue. Winfield is correct that McCain could be president because he had American parents that where deployed overseas in the military.

Alabama Communist

February 24th, 2010
5:10 pm

In another amazing new release of a McCain TV Political Ad. McCain accuses Hayward of being born and raise in Highpoint, North Carolina and a drop-out from the North Carolina State University Football team. Not only that, McCain said that Hayward was a failed TV Sports Reporter in South Carolina who always favor Clemson over South Carolina which cause him to lose the 2000 Republican primary in South Carolina. Hayward charge that McCain was born in weed Basket and was found floating in the Panana Canal by a women who claim to be the wife of Moses…..

BABY SAY

February 24th, 2010
5:11 pm

IT BE GOOD TU SEE BACK TC. HE BE GONE TO LONG. MCCAIN BE WASHED UP!!! HE BE TO MANY LIKE DA DIMOCRACKS.

Clem

February 24th, 2010
5:26 pm

Retired soldier, I am 100% sure it would NOT have been an issue if McCain had won. You birthers are pathetic. The birth certificate has been brought to light. I have actually seen it on TV. Even the Republican governor of Hawaii, where Obama was born, says it is legitimate. I used to be a moderate Republican, but no more. Sadly, my party has been hijacked by the far right crazies, many of whom are racists. I no longer have a political party. We moderates are prtty much lost in the wilderness. I do believe, however, the pendulum will swing back toward the middle again. Sooner or later the vast majority of Americans will get tired of the hate, animosity, racism, and bigotry that has befallen our politicla system.

RetiredSoldier

February 24th, 2010
5:33 pm

Wow big fella, check my posts, I’m not a birther. Pathetic is someone who shots with no ammo. If all republicans are “far right crazies, many of whom are racists” then you never were a moderate. You are another left wingnut that insults anyone that dares to disagree with you. Question, was Huckabee a far right crazy and a racist? That’ who I supported in the primary. If the answer is yes, I rest my case.

Good Riddance/AMF

February 24th, 2010
5:38 pm

“I used to be a moderate Republican, but no more.”

Captain Midnight

February 24th, 2010
5:42 pm

Tc,I agree with you 100%! You sound an awful lot like John Wayne. I liked all the criteria you mentioned. If you don’t contribute or havn’t contributed, then you should have NO say. Wasn’t it Jefferson who said something to the effect that a democracy will last only as long as the citizens don’t realize that they can vote themselves something for nothing?

Captain Midnight

February 24th, 2010
5:46 pm

And why is it that everyone calls Republicans racist? Is it because they believe in limited government and personal responsibility? “If I can’t have 5 babies and you refuse to feed them then your racist!

Greg Maness

February 24th, 2010
5:51 pm

I remember when J.D. Hayworth was the sports anchor at WYFF-TV (Channel 4, NBC affiliate) in Greenville, SC … … didn’t think much of him as a sportscaster, either. He also looked like if he was painted yellow he would like the classic SMILEY FACE!

GoOx

February 24th, 2010
6:10 pm

My man Ox was one of the original birthers. When he is elected he will force Obama to produce his birth certificate which will prove Obama is a communist Muslim Arab and My Man Ox will sentence him to jail. Then Ox will orchestrate a coup d’etat against the US Government and become President of the New Confederate States of America. Slavery will be re-instituted and Jesus will reign supreme. Go Ox!

tc

February 24th, 2010
6:43 pm

the ox is in the ditch and bears a striking resemblance to ET

Bill Orvis White

February 24th, 2010
7:26 pm

I’m writing my $2400 check to Hayworth. It’s a fact that Hussein Obama was installed into the presidency. I have seen the Kenyan birth certificate and it’s definitely real. I’m tired of RINOs parading around politics saying that they’re conservatives. I loved John Sidney McCain as a candidate in 2008 by saying the right things and putting Sarah on the ticket. Now, McCain has gone back to the whimpy version where he fought for that dumb campaign finance reform with that disgusting far lefty in the Senate, Feingold.

2010 will be a bloodbath whereby Speaker Pelosi and Harry Reid will be packing their bags. I for one, cannot wait for these Communists to be deported.

I’m proud to be a birther and a bigger and bigger Tea Party supporter. I do hope that you all hold another rally in April at yer state Capitol! I had a blast last year!

Tom

February 24th, 2010
8:16 pm

Just in case anybody’s interested, here’s the link to Bill Orvis White’s Kenyan birth certificate:

http://kenyanbirthcertificategenerator.com/4a75a62326e50c42a7d85026e44e53f9.jpg

I’ve seen it and it’s REAL!!!!

tc

February 24th, 2010
8:43 pm

BOW – WOW. not

Clem

February 24th, 2010
10:23 pm

Gosh, Retired Soldier, I did not say all Repubs are right wing crazies, but more and more are, or are at least cowtowing to them. Huckabee is not qualified to be President. Look objectively at his record in Arkansas. He is petulant and thin skinned and most certainly not a moderate. I actually supported Romney, and still do. Maybe by your standard I am a left wing nut, because I am not to the right of Hitler.

roxiroxi

February 25th, 2010
8:37 am

The real question is: Why would anyone spend over 1 million dollars to NOT show their birth certificate? In fact, why would anyone spend even $100 to NOT show their birth certificate ?
Where there is smoke, there is fire, and there is plenty smoke here. If you clean toilets in the White House, you need to show your long form birth certificate-asking Obama to show his is not too much to ask.
Ghandi said regarding the truth:”First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”
The truth will come out. When it does come out, one consolation is that all the bills he signed wil be voided,even Supreme Court nominations. When it happens it will tear this country apart and there will be only one to blame, and he is a constitutional law professor.

RetiredSoldier

February 25th, 2010
9:13 am

Clem I could be mistaken but to say Huckabee was not “qualified” to be president is silly. Huckabee was a Lt. Gov and Gov for an extended time. Romney was a one term Gov. Guess it is just sour grages for a distant third finish. There goes another lib using the Hitler word. Next please call me a racist, my day will be complete.

Loggie

February 25th, 2010
9:45 am

I’m sick of both extremes. The centrists need to come back to government.
I like the idea of smaller government and lower spending. But that has a high cost attached to it. The only way to do it is to drastically cut Medicare even more than it already needs to be. And it will need to be, I promise you!
Question for the Tea Party. What do you think is going to happen when you tell 78 million seniors they won’t get the subsidized health care promised to them? You think you’d have power for very long?
Neither party can fix our problems in isolation. We have to work together. We need to govern from the center. All extremists need to move aside and let the grown-ups run things.

Daedalus

February 25th, 2010
9:52 am

Yo – tc

“goat ropers” = birther movement?

Great post. I haven’t used the phrase in 20 years, but it sure fits those clowns.

Thx.

RetiredSoldier

February 25th, 2010
9:54 am

No one would argue with your comments loggie, but what are the solutions? Having a far left president doesn’t help.

Port o'John

February 25th, 2010
10:07 am

So Winfield says above:

“Why doesn’t Obama simply produce his true birth certificate as all Americans do on a daily basis for a host of services?”

Really? You carry your birth certificate around for access to a “host a services”. Don’t swing that nose at me pinnochio.

So long as GOPers like Winfield and roxiroxi focus on Obama’s birth certificate — by the way the Republican Governor of Hawaii said that Obama was born in that state (she must be a RINO though, right?) — there is no chance for the right and left and to work together, at least here in Georgia.

Its worse here in Georgia where some on the right insist on calling Obama a black hitler, communist, etc., and left-wingers here call all Republicans racists. Clearly very few Republicans are racist (probably no more so then democrats), but you don’t see any southern Republicans willing to work with democrats. At least in some states democrats and republicans actually work together (witness GOP and demorcratic congressmen in Oregon jointly sponsoring legislation discussed on Kyle Wingfield’s post yesterday).

There can be bipartisan consensus, just not here in Georgia.

jack

February 27th, 2010
2:40 pm

To Mr. Winfield J. Abbe and other “birthers”.

I suspect you genuinely care or you would not invest your time to discuss this matter.

The Obama birth certificate controversy is complete nonsense. Any fool can see through it is a second.

1) Do you really believe that Dick Cheney, with his ties to the CIA and FBI would stand idly by if Obama had not been born in Hawaii?

2) Do you believe the Republican Party would have sat idly by (they spent several hundred million dollars on the campaign) and not employed an army of investigators if there was the slightest doubt that Obama was born in Hawaii?

3) In a vote by Congress … “Whereas the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961″ The House later voted 378-0 to approve the resolution.

So just why did 378 Members of Congress engage in this “conspiracy”?

Whether you like the President or not, Obama IS the legitimate President of the United States. He won by a large vote majority (unlike when Al Gore got 500,000 more votes than Bush did).

pil

March 3rd, 2010
9:57 am

Knowing the background of McCain. I think he is dirty from the get go. He is stooping to all time lows here. I think he is using the birther issue as a last ditch effort. I hope it blows up in his face.

as you can see if you click on the link they have diabled the comments. I wonder why!!!?!??!???

go JD HAYWARD

pil

March 3rd, 2010
10:04 am

Entertain this!!

Both Democrats and Republicans want to keep the birther issue silent. If it was uncovered this country would be on fire with riots and anarchy.

The United States of America would be the laughing stock of the world and that would deliver a blow to our nation that would last for a century. Its too damaging and not one person in this country would be albel to control the damage or lawsuits. Every citizen can file against their congress, party and then more. It would render the democrats dead but the republicans would be to blame for not stopping it.

Too much dirt everyone has on everyone!! You tell on me and I’ll tell on you!

If a non citizen can be president then our laws are not inforceable.