Phoenix, AZ (JULY 6) - In what must be the most bizarre, incredible, unbelievable, disingenuous political flip-flop of all time, Sen. John McCain is now trying to convince Arizona voters he does not support amnesty.
"No amnesty. Many of them (illegal aliens) need to be sent back," McCain said during an interview with KOTH-FM in Tucson, when describing how he would deal with illegal residents.
He went on: "If we get the border secured, then a temporary legal worker program has to be part of it."
"Voters are not as naïve as McCain thinks," said Mark Sanders, spokesman for U.S. Senate Candidate J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ). "Everyone knows that McCain has been a champion for amnesty for the 12 million illegal aliens in this country. Everyone knows he sponsored the McCain-Kennedy legislation to impose amnesty, and everyone knows he and President Obama are going to push amnesty through after the election, if McCain is there.
"This latest shape-shifting move by McCain strips him of any hope of being regarded as a statesman," Sanders said. "Leaders lead, followers follow, McCain just engages in the most cynical flip-flopping seen in decades."
In 2003, McCain made clear his support of amnesty:
"Amnesty has to be an important part because there are people who have lived in this country for 20, 30, 40 years, who have raised children here and pay taxes here and are not citizens. That has to be a component of it," McCain told the Tucson Citizen. "How can we have a temporary worker program if we're not allowing people who have been here for 30 years to hold their jobs here?"