Arizona Sen. John McCain's re-election campaign plans to launch new radio and television ads that blast his primary opponent for supporting special funding requests known as earmarks.
McCain spokesman Brian Rogers told The Associated Press late Wednesday that the ads would go up statewide on Thursday. He declined to disclose how much the campaign was spending on the ads targeting former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth.
The ads feature an announcer criticizing Hayworth as "an avid earmarker" in contrast to McCain, who is described as waging "a determined battle against pork barrel spending," according to a script.
Earmarks use federal funds to pay for specific local projects in lawmakers' home districts.
Hayworth spokesman Mark Sanders says the ads are "a desperate ploy."
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