Phoenix, AZ (May 4) - U.S. Senate Candidate J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) today re-issued his challenge to Sen. John McCain to debate in light of the Senator's continued excuses not to face voters.
Hayworth spokesman Mark Sanders said, "Apparently, Senator McCain is not even comfortable discussing the name J.D. Hayworth in what should be the friendly confines of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C."
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"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.
"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."
Hayworth has accepted debate invitations from The Fox News Channel, MSNBC and other national news organizations and has proposed debates in all 15 Arizona counties, including two already scheduled by Mohave and Pinal County Republicans.
"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.
"I'll pay for the gas or the jet fuel or buy a ticket to meet him on his home field in Washington," Hayworth said. "Let's just get this on."