Saturday, July 10, 2010

I'm Listening Ahwatukee

Sen. John McCain held another in a series of “town hall” style meetings this morning, this time in a hotel event room in Ahwatukee, an upper middle class neighborhood of Phoenix. These meetings have replaced traditional rallies in McCain’s 2010 reelection campaign. 

He spoke for about 20 minutes on mistakes of the Obama administration, criticizing it for everything from the war in Afghanistan to the high unemployment rate to health care reform. At one point the Senator pledged that the new, presumably Republican Senate and House, would repeal the health care reform bill passed this year. The people in the audience, many of whom appeared old enough to be on medicare, cheered wildly when McCain made the pledge. 

The only contentious exchange was between the Senator and supporter of his opponent, JD Hayworth, the so called “consistent conservative.” The Hayworth supporter was critical of a series of television spots that McCain is running likening Hayworth to a television informercial huckster. In fact, McCain calls Hayworth a “huckster” in one of the spots. McCain silenced Hayworth’s supporter when he asked the man what part of the ads were untrue. 

There are more photos of John McCain in my archive or available from ZUMA Press.