Attention Senator John McCain and Senate hopeful J.D. Hayworth: The word "dang" sucks -- stop using it.
That being said, Hayworth, in response to McCain's "Build the Danged Fence" television ad has created a new "danged" Web site called The Complete Danged Truth to point out how he claims "The Maverick" has "flip-flopped" on the issue of border security.
In the spirit of the new Web site's name, Hayworth welcomes you to the site with what the McCain campaign says is a bit of a fib.
On the Web site's homepage, Hayworth quotes McCain -- speaking in front of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee in February -- as saying "the border fence issue has been a waste of billions of dollars. One huge effort failed several years ago and now apparently this one as well. I've asked the chairpersons of this committee to if we . . .
could have a hearing on [the fence which has been a] waste of billions of dollars in what seems to be an abject failure."
At first glance, you would think Senator McCain has flopped like a fish with his recent call to "build the danged fence."
However, Hayworth only quoted part of McCain's testimony before the committee and left out the (ahem) minute detail that McCain was -- in part -- referring to the "virtual fence," an elaborate -- and expensive -- collection of cameras and other technology along the border, a program that was scrapped by Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano in March.
Hayworth campaign spokesman Mark Sanders tells New Times McCain's comments are referring to both the actual fence, and the "virtual fence."
"We can split hairs about it, but what it comes down to is McCain's against the fence," Sanders says.
You be the judge -- we got the "danged" video of McCain's comments right here: