In the ad, McCain says of Carmona that his "inspiring story is the living embodiment of the American Dream." He goes on to say that Carmona is "extraordinarily, perhaps uniquely qualified to address the needs of our nation."
"One might call him a man for all seasons. His unique background will serve him well and serve us well," Kyl says in a clip.
But both senators have endorsed Carmona's opponent, Rep. Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeOvernight Regulation: Senate moves to strike Obama-era internet privacy rules Overnight Tech: Senate votes to eliminate Obama internet privacy rules | FCC chief wants to stay out of 'political debate' on fake news | Wikileaks reveals new CIA docs Senate votes to block internet privacy regulations MORE (R), and they called the ad deceptive in a statement issued by Flake's campaign on Thursday night.
“Let’s be clear: Richard Carmona’s first vote in the Senate would be for Harry ReidHarry ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker MORE and the Obama agenda. As his new ad makes clear, Mr. Carmona is also willing to say or do just about anything to promote the interests of Richard Carmona, not the interests of the people of Arizona. It is shameful for Richard Carmona to try to deceive the voters inthis way. It shows that he has no credibility, and it says everything the voters of Arizona need to know about Richard Carmona’s fitness for office," they said in the statement.
Carmona's pitch to the red-leaning state relies on him being able to convince voters that he's an independent voice, and many of his ads have touted his bipartisan bona fides. He regularly mentions his "friends" from both sides of the aisle in Congress, and argues that his unanimous confirmation as Surgeon General is evidence that he has bipartisan appeal.
But Flake has worked to label him as a "rubber stamp" for President Obama, pointing out that Carmona was personally recruited by the president. Flake has also, in recent weeks, attempted to raise questions about his temperament by highlighting conflicts he's had in the past with women and his supervisors.
Polls have been mixed, indicating the race is close with just 12 days to go.
Watch the ad: