August 24th, 2010
06:06 PM ET

Arizona primary: McCain avoids questions, Hayworth throws final punches

Jessica Yellin
CNN National Political Correspondent

Phoenix (CNN) – On primary day in Arizona, Republican Senator John McCain seemed a man of few words considering his front runner status. Joined by his wife, Cindy, who was wearing a leopard print suit, McCain voted at Phoenix's Madison Camelview Elementary School shortly after 9 a.m. MST. He chatted briefly with school kids and their parents then gave 21 seconds of remarks to the gathered press before refusing to take questions.

The candidate, seeking a 5th term as a U.S. Senator from Arizona, told gathered media: "We're looking forward to a good turnout today and there's already been a lot of early voting. We're confident we're going to win but obviously it isn't over till it's over."

McCain joked about the weather, and promised to "take nothing for granted." As he started to walk away, CNN asked him to respond to his opponent's charge that he'll move to the left if re-elected. The candidate smiled and kept on walking.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If you spend $21 million dollars like John McCain did it means money can buy anything and it speaks for itself. I pity the poor fools who can't see that.

    August 25, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    This is what I hate about the media "question":" will you move to left?"
    of what the economic debate, the healthcare debate, the wall street legislation, or something else. Of course we all know what you really meant but you dont ask the question. You pose one without a subject only a clear drama potential object or objective?.
    As a reporter learn how to ask and speak correct and proper American or English questions. Your question had reasonable multiple interpretations than pure immigration. If that's your question ask it prpoerly " Will you move to the left on immigration?"
    Had it been me I would have stopped for a second and said: What are you asking me I will move left on, when thats clear I may answer, stop being imprecise, and sorry I have to go.
    Ouch that will be moderated out.

    August 25, 2010 at 5:18 am |
  3. alexlyrics

    John Mccain

    OMG Someone please put that old goat out of his misery.

    He needs to lose and dissapear

    August 24, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
  4. vig

    I am having a harder time listening to CNN because of it's dripping sanctimonous biases and opinions. Actually, (and I never thought I would ever say this) CNN has become more oppressive than FOX News because of it's morally superior attitude and opinions. Why don't you people focus on the economy? Is it because you have become the official Obama Apologist news network? Today, I was in a store. The woman ahead of me didn't think she had the $.94 to pay for something. The other person was on the phone wonder where they were going to get $15.00 they needed. I walked out of work and a co-worker was lamenting the fact that her son-in-law just got laid off. IT'S THE ECONOMY STUPID

    August 24, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Annie Kate

    Ought to be an interesting vote to watch – McCain has served so long and overall has done a decent job. But with the anti-incumbent fervor can McCain do another come-back like he did in the Presidential race? I hope that people vote on the issues and not whether the person has been in office for a while; sometimes being a veteran Senator is not a bad thing.

    August 24, 2010 at 8:49 pm |