McCain: Carmona ad gives wrong impression
PHOENIX -- Sen. John McCain said a new TV commercial by Democrat Richard Carmona gives the incorrect impression he's endorsing Carmona in the race for Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat.
The ad shows McCain and Sen. Jon Kyl making favorable comments about Carmona at a 2002 hearing over Carmona's confirmation as surgeon general.
The GOP senators endorsed Republican Jeff Flake in the race.
The spot never explicitly said the senators endorsed Carmona. Text on the screen said the comments were made at the 2002 hearing.
McCain countered that the ad gives the impression his comments were made recently.
McCain said he wasn't taking back his 2002 comments, but notes he had more faith in Carmona back then.
The Carmona campaign said the ad was never intended to give the impression the senators endorsed Carmona.
Carmona will be campaigning in southern Arizona this weekend, starting in Tucson on Saturday morning.