Hardball to McCain challenger: Are you a birther?

January 29, 2010

Birth certificate posts
Hayworth: birth certificate/eligibility an “esoteric argument”

For the record, I think it is disgusting that a Republican is fighting Senator John McCain for his senate seat. It takes scummy to a whole new level.

Anyway. The challenger, J.D. Hayworth, who on Nov 6 wrote an open letter recommending Sen McCain for Secretary of State, was on Hardball and Matthews went after him for being a birther. It still surprises me that folks refer to “birthers” as far right wing. They don’t seem to grasp the number of Democrats who want him to produce his birth certificate “vital records”.

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TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS

MATTHEWS: J.D. Hayworth represented Arizona‘s 5th District in the House of Representatives from 1994 to 2006.  A few days ago, he announced he had stopped doing his Phoenix-based radio talk show, and now he sounds ready to challenge John McCain in the Republican primary for Senate this August. Mr. Hayworth joins us right now from Phoenix.

Have to say – Matthews defended Sen McCain with a few good questions – before this video clip.

MATTHEWS:  Would you be a finer representative from Arizona than the present senator?  Would you be a finer person to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate than John McCain?

And then later jab jab jab:

MATTHEWS: Is it better for the state of Arizona that he be dropped as the senator and you be replacing him?  Is it better to dump John McCain and replace John McCain with you, sir?  Is that a better deal for Arizona?

Here he gives Secy Clinton unwitting praise by how he describes the job of S of S.

MATTHEWS:  On November 6, you wrote a letter, a public letter, urging the newly elected president to make him secretary of state of the United States, one of the most demanding positions there is in the country.  And now you want to retire him. In only a few months, you have chosen to go from a position of urging to put him into one of the high-intensity positions in the country, demanding all kinds of energy and intelligence and sharpness of mind, and now you‘re saying he‘s tired and he ought to quit or leave.

And then the birth certificate, which he clearly didn’t have the energy to hammer at. Hayworth’s calm voice and demeanor had a lot to do with it. Not sure why Matthews still doesn’t grasp that barry can be a perfectly legal American citizen and not be eligible for the presidency. I don’t think he’s doing it to discredit birthers, I think he still does not get it. And the scary part is he used to be a speechwriter.

MATTHEWS: Are you as far right as the Birthers?  Are you one of those that believes the president should have to prove he‘s a citizen of the United States and not an illegal immigrant? Are you that far right?

HAYWORTH:  Well, gosh, we all had to bring our birth certificates to show we were who we said we were and we were the age we said we were to play football in youth sports.  Shouldn‘t we know exactly that anyone who wants to run for public office is a natural-born citizen of the United States, and is who they say they are?

Let me pause and make another point, because I‘ve read—

MATTHEWS: No, I‘m reading your letter that says the president should go back and get his birth certificate from the governor of Hawaii. You dated this November 6th, 2008.  I‘m just asking, do you stand by this letter?  Should the governor of Hawaii produce evidence that the president is one of us, an American?  Do you think that‘s a worthy pastime for the governor of Hawaii right now?

How long is it going to take? barry could authorize Dr Fukino to post it on the WH site with a few sentences that it is they are the real and true vital records. Ten minutes tops. Gov Lingle is Republican and contrary to what anti-birthers have said over and over she never vouched that barry was born in Hawaii.

HAYWORTH:  No, look—

MATTHEWS:  Should she do it?

HAYWORTH I‘m just saying, the president should come forward with the information.  That‘s all.  Why must we depend on the governor of Hawaii?

Good question. Matthews moved on to something else. If interested, the full video segment/transcript are on the website.

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