Phoenix, AZ (JUNE 18) - U.S. Senate Candidate J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) today challenged Sen. John McCain to debate him on "Any Given Sunday" between now and the beginning of early voting and beyond.
"There are six Sundays between now and early voting," Hayworth said. "And there are four more Sundays after that until election day.
"Surely, Sen. McCain can find a couple of Sunday nights when he is not too busy and come out of hiding and debate me."
It has been 113 days since Hayworth officially challenged McCain to a series of debates. Despite efforts by the state Republican Party, network television programs, cable outlets, local television stations and other organizations, McCain has refused all debate opportunities.
Hayworth has accepted all debate offers.
"Sen. McCain may be running for the Senate, but he's running from debates," Hayworth said. "I think he is convinced he can hide behind his multi-million-dollar television advertising campaign and avoid facing me and defending his record."
Hayworth said McCain manages to find time for his lobbyist friends in the Washington, D.C., establishment but can't spend enough time in Arizona to debate.
"He finds nothing wrong with skipping a joint candidate appearance here in favor of a lobby-backed D.C. fundraiser," Hayworth said.
"Voters deserve a Senator who is willing to address them in an open forum and not hide behind slick, misleading advertising," he said.