"J.D. Hayworth, the challenger, needs to explain why he lost his House seat, OK?" Norquist told Broomhead. Rep. Harry Mitchell,
D-Ariz., ousted the six-term Hayworth in 2006. "If you can't get
yourself re-elected to your House seat, what do you bring to the table
on a Senate race? When you throw away your House seat, or throw away a
race like that, it's very expensive to the rest of the party. One needs
to focus on these things: getting oneself re-elected."
Norquist continues: "He (Hayworth) needs to make the case, that at a
time when Tea Party activists and conservative activists and Republican
regulars are being asked to raise tens of millions of dollars to win
Senate seats in Delaware and North Dakota and Massachusetts, for crying
out loud, why should we be asked to split up our time, energy and money
to replace a perfectly good, in working condition Republican who
consistently votes against tax increases and for spending restraint."
"Hayworth's views, if you put them both on paper, probably are
closer to my views, but I gotta support McCain because he's the
man," Bennett said on his "Morning in America" radio show
"He's the man who stands in the breach. He stood in the breach in Iraq,
would rather lose the election than the war. He's the only guy who
really stood up last week, that I noticed, probably a couple of others,
on this 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (debate). And he would want my support
-- and he would ask for it, I believe -- and he's going to get it."
McCain already has sewn-up the endorsements of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas.
Hayworth touts his own high-profile conservative supporters, such as Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and conservative commentators Mark Levin and Pat Buchanan.