Republican U.S. Senate Candidate J.D. Hayworth has re-issued his challenge to Sen. John McCain to debate. But McCain has numerous excuses not to face voters.
“First, Sen. McCain said he would not debate me until I was a certified candidate. Well, I’m now a certified candidate,” Hayworth said. “Now he tells voters a decade ago I refused a debate, but his memory must be bad, because I did indeed debate my congressional opponent three times. And I am now told his latest excuse is that he will not debate until the May 26 deadline to submit signatures to be placed on the ballot has passed.”
McCain, all too aware of his limitations, has perfected the duck and dodge technique rather than face the voters — who certainly deserve better.
Former Congressman Hayworth, a conservative stalwart, has accepted debate invitations from The Fox News Channel, MSNBC and other national news organizations and has proposed debates in all 15 Arizona counties.
“I’ll even go to Sen. McCain’s beloved Washington, D.C. to debate if he will come out of hiding and meet me for a debate,” Hayworth said. “The voters of Arizona deserve to hear us both stating our positions and offering our vision for the future.”
Hayworth said he is surprised by Sen. McCain’s reluctance to debate.
“The Senator has been in Congress for 28 years, run for President of the United States twice, travels on a bus called the ‘Straight Talk Express’, flies on a plane called ‘Maverick One’ but he won’t come to Phoenix or Tucson or Yuma to face me,” Hayworth said.
“I’ll pay for the gas or the jet fuel or buy a ticket to meet him on his home field in Washington,” he said. “Let’s just get this on.”
In 2004, as a condescending lark, McCain debated his challenger, perennial candidate Stuart Starky, a middle school math teacher. Underdog Starky ultimately lost by over 50%. But J.D. Hayworth is no Stuart Starky. McCain has too much on the line with the conservative challenge presented by J.D. Hayworth, so he fabricates, ducks, weaves and dodges, to avoid a face off with Hayworth.
Give him a call and let him know you’d like a debate.
Sure, the scent of McFear is palpable. But Arizona voters deserve to hear the candidates before casting a ballot for the status quo. This election is too important.