J.D. Hayworth Says It Was A Mistake To Appear In National Grants Conferences Infomercial

06/25/2010 11:26 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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PHOENIX (AP) - John McCain's Republican primary challenger says it was a mistake to tape an infomercial on behalf of a company accused of taking advantage of consumers.

Former congressman J.D. Hayworth says in a statement released late Thursday that he didn't completely check out National Grants Conferences before agreeing to serve as its pitchman.

National Grants Conferences has received widespread criticism for its misleading business tools among officials in both the political and business realms. The company also earned an 'F' "reliability" rating from the Better Business Bureau.

In the infomercial, Hayworth urges viewers to attend a free seminar to learn how to get free government money. Critics say the company used high-pressure sales tactics to persuade people to pay for information that is free online or at a library.

McCain's campaign began airing a television ad Wednesday showing clips of Hayworth's performance and calling him a "huckster."

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