The Democrat challenging an indicted California Republican congressman went on MSNBC on Thursday to harshly challenge his opponent, who has refused to debate him.
Anchor Chris Hayes introduced the segment by playing a racist campaign ad by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), which he described as “perhaps the most odious ad in the entire country.”
“Are you surprised by the tenor of these ads?” Hayes asked Ammar Campa-Najjar, who is challenging Rep. Hunter for the San Diego seat.
“Not at all, ” he replied. “It’s deeply un-American, it’s not true.”
“I’m not a security threat, I was given a clearance by the FBI,” he noted. “The security threat is Duncan Hunter, who was criminally indicted for spending a quarter million dollars and the corruption smoking gun that you talked about was when he paid back $60,000 — he is guilty.”
“I would note he probably couldn’t pass a background check if he were to get a routine job in the federal government that needed security clearance,” Hayes noted.
“That’s right, for a couple reasons,” Campa-Najjar replied. “One, the indictment. Two, financial instability, he had to overdraft his account by $35,000. Three, his well-known documented excessive drinking. And then fourth, the womanizing.”
“All those things are things that are red flags, if I had any of that in my background I would not have gotten a security clearance,” he added.
“He’s out drinking and partying,” Campa-Najjar noted.
“We need somebody who will put country over party, not their wife under a bus — I’m ready to do that,” he added.