As the primary election draws near the contestants for the Arizona Republican Candidate for Senate kick their campaigns into high gear. According to a recent Rasmussen Poll Sen. John McCain only holds a 5% voter support lead over his challenger J.D. Hayworth. The report states that an incumbent who earns less than 50% of the vote at this stage in the race is considered vulnerable. I am sure this has Sen. McCain’s campaign committee pulling out all the stops with his voter support at 47%. The campaign committee for J.D. Hayworth must also be strategizing how to continue the increase in support that the challenger has received over the past few months. I believe both Sen. John McCain and J.D. Hayworth are campaigning strongly by addressing the key issues that are extremely important to the voters in hopes to win the much needed support to put their campaign in the lead.
Issues Facing the Candidates
Health Care Reform
Economy & Jobs
Medicare & Social Security
These issues are important to the voter and in order for a candidate to be supported they better have some exceptional ideas for reform and answers to tough issues that can be achieved.
Sen. John McCain
Sen. McCain has been serving in Washington since 1982 when he was elected to the House of Representatives from Arizona, serving 2 terms then elected to the senate in 1986. Sen. McCain’s theme is reform. Government spending, health care, and education are the areas he claims need restructuring. According to Sen. McCain’s website he wants to secure the future for Arizonians and the nation. He states that by securing our borders, strengthening our allegiance with Mexico, reforming health care, reforming education, protecting farmers’ freedoms, opposing higher taxes, and reforming Medicare and Social Security, our country and the state of Arizona will become stronger. If you want to learn more about Sen. McCain, he has a Facebook Page, published YouTube videos, a blog, and audio clips. Just click on the links for more information about Sen. McCain.
J.D. Hayworth served as a Republican member of the House of Representatives from 1995 through 2007. He is a radio and television personality and has written a book titled, ‘Whatever it Takes,” concerning the illegal immigration issues. According to Hayworth’s website he is going to fight for our second amendment rights, heath reform, fight against higher taxes, fight for real border security, defend life and marriage and end the bailouts. Hayworth is also on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. If you want to learn more about this candidate research these links.
Note:Both candidates have links on their websites where you can request an appearance and invite them to speak.
Illegal Immigration Hot Issue for Candidates
The illegal immigration issue is a heated topic right now in Arizona because of the new immigration law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer last week. Both candidates are using the issue to promote their campaign agenda.
Yesterday, May 5, 2010 ABC News reports that Sen. McCain stated if President Obama does not ask Congress to send the National Guard to the border for military protection, he will. After yesterday’s shooting and wounding of a Pinal County police officer and the March 27th killing of a Cochise rancher, many feel it is time for military protection along the border.
And today, CBS News reported that in support of the new immigration law, J.D. Hayworth called for Phoenix Suns Manager, Steve Kerr, to publicly apologize for remarks made comparing the new immigration law to Nazi Germany. Hayworth states that there is no basis for facts on such a comment. Many businesses and companies in Arizona and nationwide have been voicing their stance on this new law.
So many times in a campaign, candidates will attack the other and I disagree with that approach. I think a contestant should focus on themselves and what they can or can not do. I have noticed that J.D. Hayworth has taken on this strategy. On his website his has a “comparison page” as well as on his “issues page” he addresses many negative subjects about his opponent. This tactic will not stop me from voting for him. But I have not made my decision yet. This is a hard race for a voter like me who likes what each candidate stands for. I am going to have to continue to watch each candidate and make my decision later, maybe on Election Day!