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. McCain has no original thought in his head.

    McCAIN YOU'RE SO OLD.

    August 21, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. Griff

    Again! "What can I say"? John McCain.... Stability! When all the World Has Gone Crazy.... John McCain is still on Stable Ground ..

    August 21, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Obama '08 in Little Rock

    CNN or McCNN,

    McCain could not remember the number of houses that he and his wife have. Not "the number of properties" which undoubtedly is an even larger number - if he can't remember the number of houses, he surely can't remember all the "properties" they have. But what would you expect from a man who even when he was young finished 894th out of 899 cadets.

    August 21, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. Jason

    IF Obama is that dirty, then why isn't he facing charges?? Surely a man running for President would be scrutinized more heavily.. More McCain tricks of flinging mud and seeing what sticks..

    McCain has over 55+ lobbyists working on his campaign. McCain has 7 homes, Obama has 1.. Now who is the elitist? McCain got favors in the Navy because of daddy. McCain sang to the Viet Cong during the war to less his punishments.. He is NOT the hero he is made out to be!! If he is such a hero why no M.O.H (Medal of Honor)??

    McCain will raise taxes and lower medicare payments.. He collects Naval Disability but yet he won't release his Navy records.. What is he hiding??

    August 21, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. La Raza

    who cares. McCain is going to lose big time.

    August 21, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. wow!!!!!

    mc c you cannot go any lower than a snake´s a_s

    you are corrupt (Keating 5) cheater (on your first wife=Misogynist, warmonger, shameful and you look like the albino hulk......numbskull repugnants all of them.....

    August 21, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. Cynthia

    As we all know there was no findings of wrongdoing on Senator Obama's part in the Rezco trial so once again Senator McCain is putting out his norm of half truth and out right lies. He is trying to deflect from what is known about he & Cindy owning all those houses. Maybe he may have forgotten or be having one of his senior moments so lets not be so hard on him but he at least needs to tell the truth.

    August 21, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Wynter

    Obama tells the truth in his ad. But McCain's campaign lies about this one with Rezko. When will McCain start "straight talking"?

    Wynter

    August 21, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. Cecil

    Hey McRichie Rich How Cars Do You Owned?

    August 21, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. Indiana Voter

    It's amazing that the mccain campaign has said very little about what it wants to do for the country. The experience touted is POW. I applaud mccain for his service to his country but it does not qualify him for president. What specifically has he done in his 26 years in congress to better the life of Americans?

    If we as voters allow ourselves to be suckered in emotionally by all of this negative campaigning then we deserve what we get because it works. When I close my eyes and listen to mccain, I get flashbacks to George Bush who said and acted the same.

    Please, let's step up and take our country back from the politicians, lobbists and special interest groups!

    August 21, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. John from LA

    It's about time-hit BO where it hurts-BO comes from the cesspool of American politics-the Daleys-who of course have ties with Rezko-dirty, dirty, dirty!!!-Here comes the tidal wave!-gonna be fun and watch Obama UM his way out of this one!!!

    The Daleys delivered IL for JFK and they coined the phrase-"Vote Early and Vote Often" in Nov. 1960.-

    August 21, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. BGIV in NC

    This is OLD news. We hashed this out during the primary. John must have been too busy trying to find out where all of his houses were and not seen the Rezko headlines that were floated for almost three weeks. Hey didn't McHouses belong to some cool group of five guys – Keating something or another?

    August 21, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. pat C.

    dig harder than this old man McWar...this is old news an can not hurt our new president. barack obama. did you really not know how many houses you have or did you just have a senior moment? THANK GOD IT WAS NOT 3AM AMD YOU FINALLY HEARD THE PHONE RING AND YOU WERE ASKED SOMETHING IMPORTANT LIKE SHOULD WE BOMB OR NOT BOMB. MAYBE YOU SHOULD SEE A DR.FOR ALL THAT FORGETFULNESS.

    August 21, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. SONGBIRD MCCAIN

    Lies...

    Obama purchased the home as the highest bidder. The owner was not Rezko, but rather Rezko's neighbor! After Obama moved in, he paid full market value for what was in essence Rezko's backyard so that Obama's girls could have a nice backyard. No favors were granted at all.

    Unlike McCain's involvement in the Keating 5 scandal, Obama was never even involved in Rezko's trial. He was not involved ... because he was not involved!

    Yet another example of McCain not being able to win on values or ideas, so (like the GOP always does) he resorts to mud slinging. Throw enough lies out there and eventually the moronic, dittohead public will believe. Ask Bush and Co. how that 9-11/ Saddam mantra worked. You right-wing sheep.

    August 21, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. 60 year old white woman Supporting Obama

    Why hadn't CNN included the Obama response to this ad as they always do when there is something scrutinizing McCain??

    Why aren't these ads from either side scrutinized when published? Isn't that the ROLE of a NEWS media? All of the claims in this ad were debunked during the primaries and your news staff is aware of it.

    Is McCain getting "testy"?

    August 21, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. Jason, Los Angeles

    Obama has committed no crime with Rezko, and all the money that Rezko ultimately donated to the Obama campaign was transferred to charity. McCain had to do the same thing with donations he took from questionable sources.

    Slimy Republican politics. I hope Americans are smart enough to see through this garbage.

    August 21, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. Casey - Missouri

    Just like McCain... point the finger at someone else to hide who HE really is - rich, more houses than he can count and all because he had the foresight to grab a rich heiress even before getting divorced from his first family. NOW THAT'S JUDGMENT

    August 21, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Alan Boyer

    Time to demand McCain to release his Navy records.

    August 21, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Jan Il.

    It's about to hit the fan!!!!! I hope we get to hear it all before the election.

    August 21, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. Ralph V.

    McCain should know about land deals being one of the Keating 5!

    What a jerk!

    August 21, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. CBR

    Lame... Next

    August 21, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  22. Casey - Missouri

    Just like McCain... point the finger at someone else to hide who HE really is - rich, more houses than he can count and all because he had the foresight to grab a rich heiress even before getting divorced from his first family.

    NOW THAT'S JUDGMENT! He's got his - you're on your own.

    What a crock. McCain probably can't REMEMBER where the houses ARE, I mean... he's proven how little geography he knows without Joe Lieberman whispering in his ear.

    McCain = Bush = 4 more years of the SAME lies, the SAME aggression, the SAME giveaways to BIG OIL.

    McCain is a moral and ethical wasteland.

    August 21, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  23. Undecided Republican

    Let's add to it: There was nothing illegal found to have been done. Vs the Keating Five, where there WERE people put in jail for their involvement. One of those people involved was John McCain.

    If you think 'not doing something illegal' is worse then 'doing something illegal', then you are obviously going to vote for McCain anyways. The rest of us are waking up and finding out that McCain offers a 27 year record of corrupt politics and self interest for a few close friends and lobbyists.

    I haven't completely ruled out voting for McCain, but his ties to corruption run longer and deeper then any of Obama's.

    August 21, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. Obama 08/12

    Cnn you have printed the same thing twice and since you have connected t with Fox you better print this at least a dozen times but just in case you missed something just ask Hannity he in the desk right beside you he will guide you .

    August 21, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. Hayden

    GREAT AD John McCain!!!!

    Expose Obama the fraud and thug that he is....

    August 21, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
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