Hayworth to Hit McCain With Conservative Wrath
Challenger says Palin is backing Mac out of gratitude
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2010 9:38 AM CST
Sen. John McCain, talks during a news conference as Yuma, Ariz, Mayor Al Krieger, left, listens as he joins more than two dozen Arizona mayors endorsing McCain yesterday.   (AP Photo/Bob Christie)
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(Newser) – JD Hayworth officially launched his campaign against John McCain yesterday by promising a year of change—the conservative kind. The Arizona challenger slammed McCain's voting record and promised to do a better job of standing up to the Democrats. "There are two John McCains," Hayworth said at his campaign HQ. "The one who campaigns like a conservative and the one who legislates like a liberal."

Hayworth—currently 20 points behind in the polls—says he plans to tap into conservative anger and the Tea Party movement. His high-profile supporters include a cofounder of the Minutemen and famously irascible Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Sarah Palin will be campaigning for his rival, but the underdog says many Palin supporters are on his side. Her support for McCain is an “impulse of gratitude, politically," he tells the Christian Science Monitor.