McCain vs. Hayworth: Debates Are On!

U.S. Sen. John McCain has announced that he's ready for two debates against Republican challenger J.D. Hayworth next month.

The debates are scheduled for July 16 on Phoenix TV station KTVK and July 17 Tucson station KUAT-TV, Channel 6. Arizona Illustrated host Bill Buckmaster says he's "delighted" that KUAT will be hosting the Tucson debate.

McCain has been hammering Hayworth hard in recent weeks, with the latest round focusing on J.D.'s appearance on an infomercial that promised "free government money." Hayworth said in a statement yesterday that his participation in the ad was "a mistake."

McCain seems to be planning on diminishing Hayworth as much as possible before they meet in a debate. How long before McCain starts mentioning Hayworth's relationship with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramhoff?

Here's the release on the debate from Team McCain:

U.S. Senator John McCain’s re-election campaign today announced that Senator McCain today accepted invitations from 3TV-Phoenix (KTVK) and PBS 6-Tucson’s “Arizona Illustrated” (KUAT) for debates with all Republican candidates for U.S. Senate on July 16th and 17th. The 3TV debate will be held at 3TV’s studios in Phoenix on Friday, July 16th at 7:00 p.m. PT, while the PBS 6 debate will be held at the “Arizona Illustrated” studios in Tucson on Saturday, July 17th at 7:00 p.m. PT.

“Senator McCain looks forward to a spirited discussion on the issues facing Arizonans today, including our economy, national security, border security, as well as health care and many other challenges,” said McCain 2010 Communications Director Brian Rogers.