September 23rd, 2008
10:15 AM ET
6 years ago

Daley slams new McCain ad

CNN

Watch: The McCain campaigns latest ad takes aim at Obama's hometown political figures.

(CNN) – Former Commerce Secretary Bill Daley, the unwilling co-star of a Monday attack ad from John McCain's campaign, told CNN he was "shocked" by the spot: "I always had a good relationship with [McCain] - or I thought I did."

The McCain spot attacks Barack Obama for his connection to "Chicago politics," pointing to his relationships with convicted developer Tony Rezko, embattled Governor Rod Blagojevich - and Daley.

Daley accused McCain of hypocrisy for attacking Obama on lobbyists: "When I was at [telecom company] SBC, I had to hire [McCain campaign manager] Rick Davis to see John McCain," he said. "He wouldn't see anyone unless you hired one of his lobbyist friends. Telecom was his and Rick Davis was his telecom lobbyist. That was in '02, '03, '04."

He said that McCain voted for his confirmation as Commerce Secretary, and pointed to the Arizona senator's public praise of his work in the Clinton cabinet.

(For instance, during a May 1998 confirmation hearing for another Commerce official, McCain said that since Daley's arrival, "relations for the department have been improving. Mr. Daley's frank, honest style and hard work have been reaping rewards." And in 2000, he pointed to Daley's "valiant effort to clean up the Commerce Department's reputation as a dumping ground for the politically connected.")

Said Daley Monday: "I think [McCain] has totally sold his soul to get elected. The things he found important in 2000 he isn't doing now."


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  1. White Couple for Obama!!

    LOL... burn your friends in your little political fight and you get burned back.... SWEEEETTTT!!!!!

    Love it love it love it.

    Now someone spills the beans about the REAL John McCain, the one that is PRETENDING to be somoene Else!!

    September 23, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Yasriel

    Daley accused McCain of hypocrisy for attacking Obama on lobbyists: "When I was at [telecom company] SBC, I had to hire [McCain campaign manager] Rick Davis to see John McCain," he said. "He wouldn't see anyone unless you hired one of his lobbyist friends. Telecom was his and Rick Davis was his telecom lobbyist. That was in '02, '03, '04."

    What more needs be said of McCain...This man has really lost his mind and soul to the extreme right.

    September 23, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. rose

    here we go again.

    September 23, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Interesting what McCain will do. He's got bad temperment, bad policies, he lies, he's a known womanizer and he is very hot to start another war.

    VOTE OBAMA

    September 23, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. David Peter

    McCain is now the shell of a man who once was.

    September 23, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Elizabeth in Texas

    Thanks, CNN for giving McCain free ad time but never showing Obama ads which a new Obama ad came out today, but who needs fair reporting?

    -Elizabeth in Texas-

    September 23, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. KJL

    McCain has some serious explaining to do. Either he doesn't remember what he said and did yesterday, or he is completely lacking in ethics.

    September 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Barney

    I slam McCain. I'm a taxpayer, it's my right to do it.

    September 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Unshrub

    McCain would step on anyone on his quest to the White House. Just thinkk of what he will do if he had real power of the presidency. He would make a lot of lobbyist rich.

    September 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. dittohead with forty names

    John McCain and Rush Limbaugh are desperate, and are lying so much they believe their own lies now.

    September 23, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. Donkey Party

    What else would one expect form the most disgraceful campaign ever. McCain / Palin, ready to bankrupt the country and lead us into World War 3 on day 1...

    September 23, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Eric-29-m-PA

    Daley's father was friends with Bill Ayers, a member of the infamous Weatherunderground. Bill Daley's brother, Richard Daley criticized Stanley Kurtz, a journalist with the National Review, for wanting to look at documents related to the Annenberg Challenge, a foundation founded by Bill Ayers. Obama became chairmen of the board. It took several weeks for the 'Dalely Library' in Chicago to re-release the documents. Sounds fishy to me.

    September 23, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. WE NEED THE TRUTH

    YES MCCAIN HAS SOLD HIS SOUL AND WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET ELECTED....WATCH HOW MANY LIES WILL COME OUT OF HIS CAMPAIGN.

    OBAMA 08

    September 23, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. brownie

    Daley join the club! ... America knows that McCain has sold his soul to the lobbyist . The same guys that are running the show with the reporters about how the media is against them .... sad sad sad indeed

    September 23, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    McCain's most recent ads rely heavily on attribution rather than actual, substantive affiliation (i.e., Obama knew someone, shook hands with someone, LIVED near someone), whereas Obama's ads about McCain show McCain's RECORD, how he has voted AGAINST the good people of this country as regards market regulation, economy, etc. McCain is just reaching in and flinging whatever comes out to see what sticks. Obama's ads are based on FACTS! Heck, they have an ad with McCain's actuall COMMENTS highlighted! Tough to dispute the facts, whereas all McCain can do is hurl speculation about.
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN WITH THE TRUTH AND THE FACTS!

    September 23, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. georgia independent

    When this is all over, will McCain feel that the price of his soul was worth it?

    Especially since he's likely only going to have Palin left at the rate that he's been offending colleagues, conservatives, and friends?

    I thought the first rule in politics was "never burn your bridges"...

    September 23, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Vic CT

    Its okay guys John McCain is a desperate conservative Republican.

    September 23, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Ted:Canada

    WHY DO THE MAJORITY OF CANADIANS SUPPORT OBAMA ???

    1. Family! – We are family oriented!
    2. Education! – firm believers in higher education – yes we invented the blackberry in one of our universities and a lot more…
    3. Global! – understand global influences
    4. Freedom! – true freedom!
    5. Care! – most Canadians want the best for our southerly neighbors – silly as it sounds...

    Take care my friends!

    September 23, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Frank

    So what else is new, Bill?

    It has been obvious for weeks that John McCain will sell out anyone or anything to become President.

    September 23, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Country First?

    Way to go Johnny Boy-
    Attack ads are productive, aren't they? How's it working out for ya?

    September 23, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. IAMWMD

    It's the moose kool-aid brewed by Palin and served by McCains lobbyist.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 23, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. beal

    Bill Daley is not, as you said, "the city's former mayor." He is the son of former mayor Richard Daley and the brother of current mayor Daley.

    September 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Sharon Kitchen

    Are there any more of his "my Friends" he would like to burn........?
    Better be very careful .............they may release what they Know about you.......say anything to them in"private"? ....Oh, well...."my friends" has taken on a totaly new meaning.........

    September 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Republican turned Democrat

    McCain is just plain HYPOCRITE. He and Palin have been playing dirty politics. We just cannot trust those two.

    By the way, how come McCain is unable to campaign without Palin, does he need a "babysitter," too???

    Obama/Biden for the White House!!

    September 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Danielle, TX

    Said Daley Monday: "I think [McCain] has totally sold his soul to get elected. The things he found important in 2000 he isn't doing now."

    And this can't be emphasized enough. POLITICS FIRST, COUNTRY LAST.

    September 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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