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
soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. Filipina

    Why McLiar is running for president,,,,he was not born in the USA,,,I did not know they have change the rules that you must be born in the usa to run for president.

    August 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. Hotdog

    Oh No Mr. McBush.

    WHAT –ABOUT–YOUR–14 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF HOMES?

    WHAT–ABOUT–THE–$500–PAIRS–OF–SHOES.

    DONT– TRY–TO–CHANGE–THE–SUBJECT.

    PLEASE–EXPLAIN

    ELITIST

    ELITIST

    ELITIST

    ELITIST

    ELITIST!

    August 21, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. Robert in Seattle

    Only the foolish will vote for:

    McCLiar McCpanderer McCadulterer McCgambler McCdraft McCwar McCoilpuppet McCantremeber McCsenile McCkeating5

    How many more of our children are you willing to sacrifice for your war loving ways? Save the embryos until they are 18 then use them for cannon fodder!

    August 21, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. Napoleon Complex

    Scott L

    The Republicans are the ones who are morally bankrupt and will lose in a landslide in November. Who sent more than 4,000 troops to die in war based on lies and fabricated intelligence? McCain supported this policy and will undoubtedly get us into more trouble if elected. At one of his so-called "town hall" meetings he agreed with a woman who said that the draft should be reinstated. Get your facts straight before you post.

    August 21, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. Steve in DC

    Obama wins this round

    August 21, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. liz

    the sad thing is, the republican playbook of repeating lies over and over until people believe them WORKS because the American people are too lazy to bother reading anything other than spam emails and sensationalist headlines.

    August 21, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Chut Pata

    Good! The McCain scum was supposed to come as a commando action in the last moment but since Obama campaign finally decided to play neo-cons' game, they had to come early. Unfortunately for McCain, all of this dirt was already spilled by Billary. There is nothing left for the McBush. tch tch

    August 21, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. observer

    Sorry McCain, I am still hung up how many houses you own! I cannot identify with you, Move on OLD man

    August 21, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. Bob

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

    August 21, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  10. McDraft

    Scott L -your party has shamed the entire country with eight years of corruption and greed. You need to check the "air" in your candidate.
    My how quickly we forget

    August 21, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  11. ENE M DIAZ

    MC CAIN, WOULD BE TRUSTED TO RUN NATIONWIDE WITH A TEAM THAT WILL GOVERN VERY WELL FOR ALL USA CITEZEN AND ALLIED. THE CHALLENGE WORTH THE NEW POLLS RISE THE BIGGEST SINCE CORRECT DATA FROM POLLTERS ,FACED THE REAL PEOPLE WISHES./////

    August 21, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  12. Gary M

    You can alway tell when the left wing has been hit dead center by their attempts to redefine reality.

    August 21, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  13. Gene

    According to FactCheck.org... this entire ad is a lie...

    Obama bought a 10 foot strip of vacant land which Rezco owned to expand his back yard... that's it. The only involvement he had with Rezco was for a project where Rezco helped funding for community restoration. All political contributions made by Rezco have gone straight to charity. Obama was NOT involved any ANY of the projects that Rezco was indited for.

    August 21, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. Sarah

    When did it become a bad thing to be wealthy in America?
    You guys are putting McCain down because his wife is well to do?
    The probable truth is the Mr. is always in Washington as opposed spending time in those homes and the Mrs. is the one who enjoys them.
    When Obama sells a bunch (more) books and also starts buying multiple homes, will you still consider it bad?
    Follow and agree because you believe in his principles and ideas not because he told you to.

    August 21, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  15. Denise

    Actually, both John McCain And Democrat John Glenn had equal roles in the Keating Five situation and both were cleared. Obama should probably stay away from that one, with his numerous sleazy connections.

    August 21, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  16. Barbara - NC

    McCain's campaign hq in denver received a shipment of nose candy for botox barbie and called in the feds – ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    August 21, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. Obama 08

    Why is it that McCain even blames his lies on Obama and answers any criticism with the POW card? His antics and rationalizes give the Obama campaign the rational that everything about McCain is also on the table.

    Time to release all of your military records: 60 pages released; 540 unreleased. What is hiding in the other 90%?? McCain has not been thoroughly vetted!!

    August 21, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. kayla

    mcsame you should talk,(keating) how many houses do you own? oh wait a minute, let me ask my staff. since there is so many i can't remember. what an idiot. and you running for president. putz

    August 21, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    OKAY LET'S GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT!

    THE OBAMA'S WANTED TO BUY THE HOUSE, BUT THE OWNERS WOULDN'T SELL UNLESS THEY BOUGHT THE EMPTY LOT NEXT DOOR (CNN'S SPECIAL LAST NIGHT IS MY SOURCE) SO REZKO'S WIFE BOUGHT THE LOT AS A FAVOR.

    BIG DEAL!

    THIS......PALES..........IN COMPARISON.........TO THE KEATING FIVE!

    TO THE LIES BUSH/CHENEY TOLD ABOUT THE REASON.......TO ATTACK..........IRAQ!

    PALES........IN COMPARISON..........TO THE 225 DAYS OF MISSING WHITE HOUSE EMAILS!

    PALES........IN COMPARISON........ TO THE BUSH/CHENEY LEGACY OF ALMOST.............$10 TRILLION IN NATIONAL DEBT..........OWED TO.................CHINA.........SAUDIS........... DUBAI!

    THE GOP CAN ATTACK.......... BUT THEY BETTER BE CAREFUL.........WE ARE GETTING SMART...........AND LOOKING INTO THEIR DARK CLOSETS!

    August 21, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  20. Christian

    This is such a non issue. The facts are that he purchased the house at fair market value and later some land next door also at fair market value. The ad is misleading. Why is nothing being said about McCain's Keating 5 involvement?! Or the way McCain treated his first wife...that is enough deciet to make you never want to vote for this scumbag. If character (or lack of it) doesn't bother you, think about him bringing back the draft and your kids and grandkids being killed in an immoral war.

    August 21, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  21. Andrew

    KEATING FIVE

    The ultimate cost of the crisis is estimated to have totaled around $160.1 billion, about $124.6 billion of which was directly paid for by the U.S. taxpayer.

    LOOK FOR THAT AD SOON

    August 21, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. Barbara - NC

    McCain's campaign begins the fear-mongering way earlier than Bush did.

    Hmmmm – he must be more desparate than bushie

    August 21, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  23. David

    Does McCain really want to go here? Is he not worried that the Obama campaign bring up Keating 5. That's right KEATING 5. The one which cost the US taxpayers $3.4 billion dollars. The one which McCain was one of 5 Senators that got slapped in the hand.

    Or G. Gordon Liddy, the domestic terrorist who threw McCain a fundraiser.

    August 21, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  24. Sarah

    Another thing;

    Our country has lost respect, in part because of our President. BUT, also because we have become so rude and self-centered, just look at the names McCain and Obama have been called in these posts.
    If we want respect as a people, we need to start where WE can do something. Our attitudes.

    August 21, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  25. RRE

    I wonder how many guns are in marxist, militant Michelle Obama's closet.

    August 21, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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