Although commentators believe Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) should be able to defend his seat in this year’s midterm elections, some of his GOP challengers appear to be attracting growing public and media attention.
In particular, the recent announcement by former congressman J.D. Hayworth that he would challenge the incumbent for the party nomination has drawn attention on account of the jabs exchanged by the two rivals.
At a news conference in Phoenix, Hayworth, who is also a former conservative talk show host, said that there are "two John McCains—the one who campaigns like a conservative and the one who legislates like a liberal."
In response, the 2008 GOP presidential candidate accused Hayworth of "blatant lies and fabrications," and McCain’s team confirmed that they are prepared to call him out on his congressional record when he allegedly voted for bills that contained earmarks and broke a term-limits pledge, according to NationalJournal.com.
At 73, McCain is running for his fifth term in the Senate and to date has garnered endorsements from former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, as well as Sarah Palin, his former vice presidential running mate.
The GOP primary is scheduled for Aug. 24.