John McCain's campaign spokesman, Brian Rogers, says "The Maverick's GOP primary opponent, J.D. Hayworth, has "clearly lost it."
That would suggest at one point Hayworth had "it," which we would say is a stretch, but Rogers' comment was in response to something Hayworth said that, on the J.D. Hayworth scale of lunacy, is one of the less-bat-shit-crazy things we've heard pop out of his mouth over the course of the campaign.
At a campaign stop last night, Hayworth suggested that the United States would be worse off if John McCain had won the 2008 presidential election.
Watch some video of Hayworth's claim after the jump.
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As you can see in the video, Hayworth's direct quote is "don't get me wrong, I don't like the guy we've got there now, but I think the last thing we needed was a progressive trying to wear a Republican cloth coat as president of the United States."
Hayworth, the self-proclaimed "consistent conservative," would apparently prefer a president who's about as far left as the mainstream electorate will tolerate.
Certainly a stupid thing for a conservative candidate to say, but not nearly as crazy as saying the United States never declared war on Nazi Germany, or that gay marriage will lead to men marrying horses, or even Hayworth's apparent fear that former Arizona attorney general Grant Woods is a vampire.
Hayworth later issued a statement saying while he voted for McCain in 2008, he wouldn't "make that mistake" in the August primary.