McCain slams primary opponent over Birtherism

Things get nasty as Arizona Senate race heats up

By Alex Koppelman

Published February 24, 2010 5:49PM (EST)

Speaking of Arizona and Birthers -- Birtherism is becoming an issue in Sen. John McCain's reelection campaign, in which he's working to fight off a primary challenge from the right.

In an indication of how nervous the McCain camp is about the threat that former Rep. J.D. Hayworth poses to the incumbent, McCain's campaign released a Web video Wednesday that ties Hayworth to Birther leaders Orly Taitz and Philip Berg. It concludes with a narrator saying, "The only difference between these people? Only one is running for the U.S. Senate."

You can watch the video below. My favorite part of it, of course, is that it uses footage from an MSNBC appearance Taitz made in a time slot I was originally slated for; I got bumped for her. One of the prouder moments of my life.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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