Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), the challenger to Sen. John McCain in the Republican primary who has come under fire for his participation in a 2007 infomercial for a company's questionable seminars promoting "free money" in government grants, has put up a web video telling his side of the story. In it, he declares that McCain is a hypocrite on this subject. And in response, the McCain campaign is calling Hayworth a very dumb man for making the comparison.
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"Three years ago I appeared in a video presentation about government grants, for which I was compensated. In retrospect, it was a mistake. I should have never appeared in the ad, and I apologize for my involvement," Hayworth says. He then lays out all the problems with this company: the consumer complaints, its own financial troubles -- and the fact that they later went on to continue to use his name and likeness past the agreed upon expiration date, necessitating a cease-and-desist letter from himself and his attorneys. "So I had my own difficulties with that entity."
However, he calls out McCain: "It is worth noting, as well, that Sen. McCain, on his official website, has an entire section devoted to government grants. So obviously, he believes in the merits of government grants -- though he tries to attack me for being less than fiscally conservative."