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McCain Foe J.D. Hayworth Sorry He Made Infomercial for Dodgy Company

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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.
Former Arizona Rep. J.D. Hayworth
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.

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The only thing JD is sorry about is that he got caught. We have seen this time and time again from this character. JD gets into trouble, trying to pull off some scam to fill his wallet and then gets caught and it is only then that he apologizes.

June 27 2010 at 10:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

FOX NEWS supports the TEA PARTY and REPUBLICANS so they will not cover this one in any depth.

June 26 2010 at 4:31 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to andrc657's comment

Why should they cover it? It's being covered on every (and I mean EVERY) other network. Seems a little stupid to have to turn to every channel and see the exact same story. It's being WELL covered. And, I assure you, every avid FOX NEWS audience member is fully aware of JD Hayworth's mistake. Furthermore, unlike "the other side", we find his behavior reprehensible and he just LOST the election. It's over for him. We don't need it covered on FOX NEWS to make up our own minds.

June 29 2010 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To say that McCain wasn't Presidential material - hmmmmm, do ya think Obama was??? At least McCain had managed SOMETHING in his life. As for Hayworth's role as a huckster, why would he do that even for a legitimate company?? Is that really appropriate for a US Senate candidate?? I think not. Hayworth did well on the radio and he should have stayed with that. He's just one more radio/tv personality who sees the glamour and lucrative finances of Congress.

June 25 2010 at 10:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Isf you want someone to not sell you out to illegal aliens and protect your borders and jobs you don't want McCain. He teamed wit Ted Kennedy to give amnesty to aliens here illegaly.
Don't turn Arizona into little Tiajuana.

June 25 2010 at 7:53 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

ummmm can you say the keeting 5 !

June 25 2010 at 7:15 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

haywood is still #1 in my book!!!!!!!!!

June 25 2010 at 7:14 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to coyotedav's comment

He's "#1" in my book, too, but we're not talking about the same thing...

June 25 2010 at 7:22 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
Vasu Murti

Better to be honest and mistaken than evil and deranged.

June 25 2010 at 6:25 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

To say that he is trying to out-conservative McCain. McCain says one thing and then does another every time always leaning to the moderate almost liberal approach on subjects important to conservatives; i.e. taxes, immigration, health care, etc

June 25 2010 at 6:19 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

Let's hope the democrat wins this seat in November!

June 25 2010 at 5:24 PM Report abuse -19 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to andrc657's comment

I just did. You have to watch Fox to see it on Fox.

June 25 2010 at 6:57 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

McCain is NOT senile (yet), is still conservative, and has a lot of common sense. How can you NOT vote for him just because he's old? Maybe he never was Presidential material, but a lot of excellent Senators aren't either! Young and good-looking don't automatically mean better!

June 25 2010 at 5:12 PM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply

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