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. Joe Bloggs, Haiku, HI

    Interesting. CNN never fails to include the McSame's predictable response to all Obama ads (ie "I know you are, but what am I?") Yet, when McSame runs a totally dishonest discredited ad, they don't even provide the Obama campaign's response. My son is right. CNN in some ways is worse than Foxnoise bc. they PRETEND to be unbiased. Everyone knows Fox is a right-wing shill operation!

    August 21, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. cab

    894th out of 899 students, God please not another C- student in charge.

    (As opposed to the Editor of The Harvard Law Review. Harvard don't take C students. If your daddy and grand daddy are admirals, you get to go to Annapolis. [894 out of 899] Even if you're not qualified.)

    When you loose 4 planes due to pilot error, they shouldn't let you fly a country.

    August 21, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  3. McCain=the draft

    McCain's ads are LIES, and that speaks volumes!
    Obama was cleared of any wrong doing with Rezco.
    McCain's banking on the average Joe believing this crap!

    August 21, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. McCain=the draft

    NOT THIS TIME!!

    August 21, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  5. Jon

    TO : SCOTT L. about the draft yesterday your man McCain said that he was for reinstating the draft. If you wish you can see it online. You won't see it on CNN or Fox but you can hear it for yourself. And about this new McShame Ad he knows that Obama did not get help in buying his home that he bought part of a lot next to his home from rezko . After a investigation it showed that Obama did nothing wrong. Now John McCain , Cheated on his wife and had a affair with the new Mrs. McCain... she had more money and was not scared from injuries, lied to congress 2002 flip flop on 21 issues said that he voted 95% the same a Bush, said in Mar. 2008 that Bush has done a good job and the counrty is better off in some ways. Gof help us if he wins,

    August 21, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. Sharon

    I just heard the Republican analyst call Cindy McCain a "hot chick". Did anyone else hear that? It is on now with Campbell Brown on "election center" 7:15 or so central standard time. This guy is trying to defend McCain saying he is married to a "hot chick"????? What century is this? I wonder how his previous wife feels hearing his present wife referred to as a "hot chick"?????

    August 21, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. Bulldog

    The only reason McCON can have his 8 homes is because he cheated on his ex-wife (who was his best friends ex-wife) with Cindy, married Cindy who inherited a fortune from her daddy's beer distirbution business which was a criminal activity and Cindy's daddy was indicted at least 2 time for fraud and illegal activities. Why doesn't anybody report that?

    August 21, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. Alex A.

    Come on CNN!!! Why are you reporting on this when Sen. McCain was just recently asked if there was a way we could chase Bin Laden with out the draft, and McCain says that he agrees with the woman!
    If Barack Obama had said that, he would have been blasted by the national news media. Someone get tough on McCain and hold him responsible for what he says!

    McCain wants the draft!!!

    I want OBAMA 08

    August 21, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. Michigan for Obama

    Amen, Rob! The fear tactics won't work this time, there is too much at stake.
    Obama 08

    August 21, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. Wake UP America

    It's about time someone brought up this issue in the ligt of the mainstream media! Barack Hussein Obama can no longer hide! The truth is coming out! Hopefully the DNC will see it in time to change their nominee!

    August 21, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. Bulldog

    The Rezko story is old news and has already been run over and over. McCain 8 houses is a NEW story people didn't know about.

    August 21, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  12. Luke Brown, Charleston SC

    Does Big Mac even have a vision for the country? Johnny, get yourself out of the gutter and act like a leader. You are about as inspiring as dog poop.

    August 21, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. Gene

    MILA:

    You know NOTHING about the facts. This ad has already be PROVEN and VETTED to be a complete lie. Obama WAS able to afford that home, and he bought it at market price. He bought a small plot... 10 foot strip.. to expand his back yard a little bit.. which he ALSO bought at market price.

    So before you go off spouting ignorance... learn the facts. It's people like you and McCain that make this country so disgusting to live in.

    August 21, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  14. Herman in LA

    Bring it on war mongers neocons we are ready, how about the keating 5? McCain started it and we are going to end it by not putting McCain in the White House NO MORE NEOCONS...

    August 21, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. Rezko and Obama

    Rezko and Obama, both more crooked than a fork in the road!

    August 21, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. jack

    Again Mcwar declaring war against Sen. Obama without enough intelligence!

    August 21, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  17. WAW

    So the McCain "Campaign" is at it again. Ever notice John never says anything? Well, not anything right! It is always his "Campaign" that has to explain what he didn't say. For 7 years we've had government by PR Campaign, that should be "experience" enough!

    August 21, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  18. JOSEPH D'AQUINO/ Obama-Graham 08

    MCCAIN SUFFERS FROM PTSD

    August 21, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  19. Spencer in LA

    M c S A M E -- T A K E S -- P R I D E -- I N -- H I S --
    I G N O R A N C E -- A N D -- M O N E Y -- F R O M --
    A B R E M O F F -- C R O N I E S ! ! !

    August 21, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. pam Eugene OR

    I am happy to see Barack fighting back. McCain is a liar and a coward. I will not think less of Obama for defending himself against these "swift boat" attacks. McCain will slime to any low and any lie to try to get into the WH.
    Well, Cindy Lou does nor belong there. No chippies in my WH.

    August 21, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. Rezko and Obama

    CNN please posts some of Obama's racist remarks from his books.

    The citizens of the U.S. needs to hear them before they vote in November!

    August 21, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. Selina

    um HILLARYOUS um

    August 21, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  23. TN for Obama

    This is not about 1, "more than 4" or 20 houses.

    IT'S ABOUT TELLING LIES ! ! ! ! Don't you get it??????

    If McSAME doesn't know how many houses he has he can't run AMERICA!

    If he *does* know . . . he lies like the rest of the G.O.P.

    Throw the bums out of the White House and give it back to the real people of America who live in ONE House (and know it).

    August 21, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. gary

    WHATS IT ANYBOY'S BUSINESS HOW MANY HOUSES MCCAIN HAS ANYWAYS. THESE STUPID ISSUES HAVE NOTHING ABOUT BEING EXPERIENCED RUNNING OUR COUNTRY. O.B. IS UNEXPERIECED AND SO HUNG UP ON HIMSELF. YOU YOUNG MORONS PRAISE HIM AS IF HE IS THE SECOND COMMING. YOU YOUNG PEOPLE ACT SO CHILDLISH SLAMMING THE CLINTONS AND COLORING THE PICTURE OF OBAMA THE WAY HE TELLS YOU.I NEVER THAUGHT AMERICA HAD SO MANY NAIVE YOUNG PEOPLE.NO HRC NO OBAMA. WE DONT NEED A SCHOOL BOY TRYING TO PLAY PRESIDENT. AMERICA GHETS WHAT THEY ASK FOR.

    August 21, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. McCain...whats in your closet?

    McCain says he was not questioning Obama's patriotism but his judgment....i think McCain is again confused...
    lets see...Obama says he would talk with Iran, after all of the criticism Bush...talks to Iran.
    Obama calls for a time table of withdrawal...McCain criticizes...today Rice negotiates a timetable of with drawl...
    the only one in the GOP following judgment is John Mccain...he followed the Oil Companies judgment to drill off shore.

    August 21, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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