Former Arizona Rep. J.D. Hayworth, who is trying to out-conservative Sen. John McCain in a Republican primary challenge, has admitted he messed up when he taped on infomercial for a company that's accused of misleading consumers seeking government grants.
"I should not have made that ad. It was a mistake," Hayworth said Thursday in a statement reported by the Associated Press
The McCain campaign jumped on the misstep, calling Hayworth a "huckster" and airing clips of the three-year-old advertisement. After suffering criticism for making the infomercial, "Hayworth has made a political calculation and claims he's suddenly sorry. But it's too little, too late -- especially for the people who this company ripped off," a McCain spokesman said.
The firm, National Grants Conferences, is accused of using high-pressure tactics to persuade people to pay for information about government grants that was already available for free online.
Hayworth, a onetime talk-radio host, said he didn't thoroughly check out the company before agreeing to act as its pitchman. The ad was taped in 2007.