McCain, Kyl endorse Jeff Flake in Arizona GOP Senate primary

Sens. John McCainJohn McCainLots of (just) talk about 'draining the swamp' 56 memorable moments from a wild presidential race Is Georgia turning blue? MORE (R-Ariz.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) endorsed Rep. Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeReport: Investor visa program mainly funds wealthy areas High anxiety for GOP Five takeaways from final debate MORE's (R-Ariz.) Senate bid on Friday.

They also blasted his primary opponent, businessman Wil Cardon (R), for misrepresenting Flake's record.

McCain and Kyl described Cardon's "mis-characterizations" as "reckless" at a news conference, according to the Arizona Daily News.

"The effect of the Wil Cardon campaign in the primary is not to elect Wil Cardon," said Kyl, who is retiring and Flake is running to replace. "He hasn't been able establish why he should be elected but he tears Jeff Flake down."

McCain said he was "disturbed" by the kind of campaign being run by Cardon and warned that they could hurt him in the general election against former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona (D).

"Frankly, I also worry that these attacks might make it harder in the general election for us to elect Mr. Jeff Flake to the United States Senate," McCain said.

Flake has had to work harder than expected to beat back Cardon, who has attacked his record on immigration in a strongly negative campaign. Cardon, a wealthy businessman, has poured his own money into the race.

Carmona's campaign was quick to point out that both McCain and Kyl praised the former surgeon general and backed his appointment to the position during the President George W. Bush administration — McCain went so far as to call him an "exceptional man."

Arizona's Senate primary is Aug. 28.