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. Eric

    Bill Ayers an admitted and unrepeant terrorist and Obama are good friends. Ayers stated on 9/11/01 that he should have done more acts of terror while Obama sat on a board with him and allow Ayers to raise money for him. This is even worse than Rezko.

    August 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  2. Dee

    COME ON CNN....WHAT ELSE DO YOU HAVE? YOU KEEP TRYING TO BRING UP OLD NEWS. MSNBC DOESN'T DO THIS. PLUS, THE FEDS ALREADY INVESTIGATED THIS AND THEY SAID OBAMA HAD WAS CLEARED OF ANY WRONGDOINGS. HE NEVER ACCEPTED OR GIVEN CASH TO THIS MAN. AND CNN......YOU KNOW IF THERE WERE THE SMALLEST EVIDENCE OF ANY WRONG-DOINGS ON OBAMA'S PART IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ALL OVER THE AIRWAVES. CNN...YOU ALL ARE NOTHING BUT A BUNCH OF MCSAME FLUNKIES! GROW UP ALREADY....PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO. THE KEY WORD BEING "TRYING".

    August 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. Dylan

    McCain's foreign policy: Joke about bombings (which kill civilians including women and children); threaten to bomb anybody who doesn't look exactly like us; and then smile. The man is bizarre, reckless, and extremely dangerous to our long-term future. Think for yourselves and aim higher.

    August 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  4. Barbara - NC

    Hey CNN – ask Nat. Enq. to investigate – How about Cindy stealing drugs and WAS CONVICTED but kept out of PRISON because she was married to a senator that her mafia-related daddy helped get a start in AZ politics?

    Where's that CNN??????

    August 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  5. Music Producers for Obama !

    What Obama needs to do at this point is remind people of the Keating Five and Jack Abramoff.

    August 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  6. Obama gone win

    The Republicans and racist Democrats waited too long. This is old news. It would be like bringing Rev. Wright up again. Who doesnt already know about this?

    August 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  7. SONGBIRD

    FOR THE PEOPLE NOT OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW MCCAIN'S PAST STAY TUNED THIS IS GOING TO GET NASTY. TRUST ME.

    OBAMA......08

    August 21, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  8. Mike P

    You're weak man, real weak. Give me some substance for once!

    August 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  9. RAY BANZI

    This won't get printed because CNN is in the tank with Barack Hussein Obama (oohhh..I can't say his middle name? How about Hillary Rodham Clinton?) I am a Democrat but I will definitely not vote for a man who's "just words." No substance,fear monger and a toy buy of Nancy Pelosi,Harry Reid.

    August 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. JOHN

    LET ME SEE I GET HICHED BEFORE I DIVORCE MY FIRST WIFE. I LEAVE MY FIRST WIFE AND HAVE AN AFFAIR WITH THE STEPFORD WIFE AND LIE ABOUT THAT. NOW I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY HOUSES I HAVE. SHE LIES ABOUT THE COOK BOOK, I LIE ABOUT THE CROSS STORY. OK.OK,OK, I'M BUSTED, BUT I STILL WANT TO BE P.O.T.U.S.

    August 21, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  11. so what

    I don't see what the big deal is

    If my friend money and I was like "hey dude I need a favor can you help me buy this house" and he said yes so what

    just because rezko sold it back to obama for cheaper doesn't matter the original dude selling the house got all of his money so no one cares

    August 21, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  12. Observing his own behind

    OBSERVING----–PLEASE OBSERVE FACTS----

    BEFORE POSTING----–YOU SOUND-----LIKE A--–

    STUPID IGNORAMUS

    August 21, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. Ken

    You can bet your last dollar that there was something shady about the deal that Obama made on his house the property next to his.

    I would not put anything past Obama and his shady past with Rezko and his pastor Wright.

    The only way that he will get my vote is if he puts Hillary Clinton on the ticket as his VP, and better yet, the delegates should see that Obama cannot win against McCain and if they want to win back the White House, they ALL need to vote for Hillary Clinton and make her the nominee instead of Obama.

    August 21, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  14. sety

    It is a shame that McCain camp is using this as their message. Those of you who are so bitter to vote against Obama, if you like vote for McCain, you will have yourselves to blame for voting the last administration back to power. Senator Obama will still have a decent living with his wife and children. You all against Obama will be the losers for not voting for Obama.

    August 21, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  15. JC

    Oh geesh – how juvenile so many of these blogs are. The same people cheering and clapping for the Obama campaign for airing an ad about how many houses McCain has (which has nothing to do with any of the issues) are now complaining about McCain returning the favor. Boohoo....cry me a river.....Obama is dirtier than McCain and it is about time Obama's crooked past gets a little coverage.

    August 21, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. question

    hahaha...obama threw the first rock....he better duck.......he should learn to think more before he opens a can of worms......by the way...kerry s wife is richer than mccain s and no one seemed to care 4 years ago....so why are the dems making an issue of it now....iand i do think, ,,,gore, clinton, kerry and edward and obama are all rich richer and richest.....

    August 21, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. i don't like McCain and there are 30,000,000 other people just like me

    wake up people, don't you see that this country is going down? make a smart decision in November, and don't doom us all.

    August 21, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  18. LT for Obama

    Mila

    I would suggest you get your facts straight. Obama purchased his home with his own money and legally.

    As for your precious candidate, in his own book he states that the reason he decided to run was purely ambition and not to reform anything. He was 62 an figured this was the only time to claim the prize, so please explain to me where in any of that you see someone who really cares about YOU.

    August 21, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  19. ENE M DIAZ

    OBAMA , IS ON GUARD BECAUSE THE PRESENT SITUATION MIGHT GO TO THE HANDS OF THE F.B.I. TURNIG IT DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS AND EXPLOSIVE EVIDENCE TO PROOF MORE WRONG DOINGS./////

    August 21, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  20. Dan, Santo Domingo, DOM

    Americans are realy sickening... This ad is based on a bold-faced lie and has been previously cleared already! Why do you get attention distracted with this kind of foolishness and don´t concentrate on the issues? Should you elect this inmoral old man, then you got and will have what you really deserve...

    August 21, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  21. Reality check #1

    Obama should have had enough sense to keep his whinning, school boy attitude to himself. Owning a million + dollar home does not make you better able to relate to those that are facing foreclosure, even if it's only one home. What Obama is not saying is that his home deal was accessed with the aid of a convicted felon, one who took at least 14 million dollars of tax payers money that Obama helped him get through his Senate office. In other words, Obama wrote letters, etc. to screw the tax payers out of all this money and we are the ones who have to pay. it will be a cold day in h- before I will vote for obama.

    August 21, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  22. Republicans Hate America

    Obama will haunt your dreams McLoser. He hits you with the out of touch not only to Americans but to your own portfolio and all you can do is throw some six degrees of separation nonsense. I knew you were a tool as far back as the 90's.

    August 21, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  23. Mark

    Again Obama makes a fool of himself!! What a fake he is, so what ??? what the big deal people ?? Mr. McCain can have as many homes and properties he wants! That's called a hard working man folks!! If that's his American dream then God Bless him!! Maybe all you good for nothing tug's will stop selling the drugs and get a job!!! McCain worked for his home people and Obama gave favor's and took money for a felon Mr. Rezko in jail. If you people let this slug Obama Trick you out of your vote that your problem, were all voting for McCain all the way. Thank-God for McCain and i hope someday i can work hard and own my home too.

    August 21, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  24. Vince

    single homeowner August 21st, 2008 7:00 pm ET

    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

    1 The Tribune is in the tank for Obama. I bet you have never picked up a copy of the Trib in your entire life. Google Chicago Tribune endorses Barack Obama for president.

    2 How exactly was Obama cleared of anything in the Rezko trial? It was the people vs Tony Rezko. Obama was mentioned but not on trial. Without being on trial you can not be "cleared" of anything. Or did they just start handing out judgements on everyone involved? If they can tie Obama or Gov Blago to this in any way. They will. One trial at a time. This was the first of MAYBE many trials.

    If you want to support Obama, it's cool. However don't just start making stuff up. If you have no clue what you are talking about. Don't talk.

    August 21, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  25. Republicans Hate America

    For those that support McCain you and your children better be the first in line to join the military.

    August 21, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
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