August 21st, 2008
06:45 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain ad highlights Rezko connection

McCain is out with a new ad.
McCain is out with a new ad.

(CNN) - On the heels of an aggressive effort by the Obama campaign to exploit John McCain's recent inability to recall how many houses he owns, the Arizona senator's campaign is launching a new television ad slamming Obama over his dealings with disgraced Chcago businessman Tony Rezko.

"Barack Obama knows a lot about housing problems," the 30-second ad's announcer states. "'One of his 'biggest fundraisers' helped him buy his million-dollar mansion. Purchasing part of the property he couldn't afford."

"From Obama, Rezko got 'political favors' including '14 million from taxpayers,'" the narrator also says. "Now, he's a convicted felon, facing jail."

The McCain campaign said the ad will air in "key states." Earlier Thursday, Obama's campaign released a housing ad of their own referencing his inability in a Politico interview to name the number of properties he and his wife own.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
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  1. Old f@rt McLame

    Is this all you got? Too bad there's NOTHING OUT OF LINE with the purchase of this house. Been covered and DEBUNKED already.


    August 21, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Alison, FL

    Oh yea, this ad is so full of lies! Sure, of course he has ties to criminals like all black people do! Racial overtones much?

    August 21, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    Rezko is already discreated as a non- issue. John McCain will be known before November and there is no holding back on his 26 years fake experience in DC. OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE REGULAR AMERICAN PEOPLE!

    OBAMA 2008

    August 21, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. Travis

    McWar are you not off topic just a bit?....Looks like Obama's housing

    ad did the trick.

    August 21, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    OBAMA N 08

    August 21, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. mama4obama

    Take the gloves off Obama. The GOP needs to know that the American people are sick and tired of the lies.

    Shall we list all the less than manly qualities that Old Man McCain has? This is just sickening.

    August 21, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Vespa

    Yawn. I think the celebrity ads were better. McCain: U lost this round, take the loss and move on.

    August 21, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |

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    August 21, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. BS

    Mccain ad highlights more bull in hope's to scare the public, oh my god he's a celebrity! Oh my god he knows somoene who knows someone who is related to a bad someone, oh noes!

    Mccain is an idiot, he literally is stupid, please do not put in an idiot into the white house again, it just doesn't work! In 8 years we've doubled our national debt, we can't afford another 4 years of the same policies...c'mon think....ah who am I talking to, almost half the country is a bunch of idiots that swallow republican BS like good little sheep.

    August 21, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. Ian MacIsaac

    Wanna talk about bad money connections, McCain? How about the Keating Five?

    August 21, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. Spencer in LA

    Wow the right cant find anything new so they dig up a dead horse and beat it some more. Losers!!

    Unlike McCain, Obama has taken responsibility for the mistake of dealing in real estate with Rezko, gave all contributions to charity, and cut all ties long ago. McSame is still raising money with Abremoff cronies.

    The McSame OLD politics!!

    Dont back down Obama nation, the Attacks are working, as the Right Wing is in full defense mode, just where we want them.

    August 21, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. Franky

    Yeah.........he worked with Rezko and when he decided to run for President, his cover up would be revealed regardless of the consequences...

    I tell you what, we can probably have the GOP on our'll be just like the good times! LOL!!!!

    August 21, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. Sue/PA

    This ad is another lie...McCain has yet to have an ad with truth in it.............Resko did NOT recieve political favors from Obama in any way shape or form. Obama was not implicated in any of Resko's dealings..period.

    McCain is the fake in this race

    August 21, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. jt


    August 21, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. Rich in Seattle

    Hmmm, remember Keating 5 anyone?

    August 21, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. single homeowner

    Too bad Obama was cleared of any connection to Rezko's illegal activities, including the Chicago Tribune, who aren't Obama-friendly saying he did nothing wrong.

    try again senator McCan'trememberwhomanyhousesheowns

    August 21, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. Joe Kiloz


    August 21, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. California Voter

    What's worse, not remembering how many houses "you" own or getting a sweetheart housing deal (below market cost) and having Rezko's wife buy the adjacent property on the same day so that you did not have to purchase both properties. as the seller insisted......?????

    August 21, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  19. Elly

    Give me a break!!!!
    Senator Obama simply bought A .*.one house* from rezko
    He was investigated when rezko was and was not that tied in with him
    he was not tied in any illegally activity to rezko thats the *important issue*
    if you watched the show last night by Suzanne Mellville(Great show) you would know that!
    unlike McCain who was tied in with the keating 5 BIG Time!!!!

    August 21, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  20. mel

    and mccain got his 6+ houses (he couldn't afford by himself) by marrying into orgainzed crime by way of adultery.

    August 21, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. Adam

    Does this open up the Keating can of worms? I sure hope it does.

    August 21, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. Sean John

    What a lie!!!!!

    If Rezko got any political favors from Obama he would be in jail or under investigation...just like the Republican Senator from Alaska!!

    August 21, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. sten, CA

    There are a lot of issues (cost of food, energy, wars, dwindling 401Ks etc) affecting we as Americans and yet we sit and let our leaders ran stupid negative ads against each other, and we use that as a yardstick to measure how good they would be as a leader. WOW!! No wonder we've lost our respect in the world market. Boy we have not credibility.

    August 21, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. Pat

    I can still see both Cindy and John boy saying how they were not going to travel down this road, I think Obama tried to make this election about the people and would still like to but how can he when obviously McDumb has made it about Obama since it is the only way he can get attention from the Bush followers.

    I will vote for Obama over McCain any day of the week, I live in Arizona and know the real "JOHN", if you did you would not vote for him either.

    August 21, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. Biffington, Biff

    a kitchen sink response to his gaffe about how many homes he owns.

    August 21, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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