McCain: Carmona ad gives erroneous impression

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Associated Press

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 30 at 7:07 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Sen. John McCain says 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 says the senators endorsed Carmona.

Text on the screen says the comments were made at the 2002 hearing.

McCain says ad gives the impression his comments were made recently.

McCain says he wasn't taking back his 2002 comments, but notes he had more faith in Carmona back then.

The Carmona campaign says the ad was never intended to give the impression the senators endorsed Carmona.

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