"So this 'no amnesty' statement from him is all an act," said Mark Sanders, spokesman for U.S. Senate Candidate J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ). "It's probably the most telling quote and an important insight into the Senator's thinking - there is no difference between public policy and acting."
McCain has tried to convince Arizona voters in the final days of this campaign that he has seen the light and has really abandoned his years-long pro-amnesty position.
"It's all an act, and he admits it," Sanders said. "Make no mistake, McCain was for amnesty yesterday, is for amnesty today, and will be for amnesty tomorrow."
Even McCain's pro-amnesty friends are eagerly awaiting his return to Washington. First, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) credited McCain as being his mentor on open-border policies, and then White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs and President Obama praised McCain for his pro-amnesty work. Two days ago, Gov. Bill Richardson (D-New Mexico) openly championed McCain's re-election in the belief he will support amnesty.
"Because you are known by the company you keep, even with a script change, McCain can't act his way out of his support for amnesty," Sanders said.