October 1st, 2008
06:20 PM ET
6 years ago

New ad targeting Obama features connection to Rev. Wright

A new Independent ad targets Obama's past associations.
A new Independent ad targets Obama's past associations.

(CNN) - The conservative group Judicial Confirmation Network is launching a new television ad in key battleground states Wednesday that in part features Barack Obama's ties to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the controversial pastor who nearly derailed the Illinois senator's presidential bid last spring.

The independent ad is the first campaign spot in the general election to highlight Obama's lengthy relationship with Wright, a subject that generated considerable media scrutiny during the primary season but one John McCain has said should not be an issue in the race for the White House.

The ad also ties Obama to William Ayers and Tony Rezko - two prominent and controversial figures in Chicago. Ayers, a University of Chicago professor, was a founder of the 1960's radical group Weatherman that claimed responsibility for bombing the Pentagon. Rezko is a real estate developer convicted earlier this year of mail fraud, attempted extortion and money laundering who helped Obama secure a property in Chicago. Both men have been longtime supporters of Obama's political career, but the Illinois senator has said he is not close to either one of them.

Earlier: McCain says Ayers connection 'open to question'

A spokeswoman for the group says more than $500,000 is being spent on the ad, which is set to run in Ohio and Michigan markets through Election Day. It will also run nationally on Fox News during the upcoming debates.

The organization is classified as a 501(c)4, and as such does not have to disclose its donors to the Federal Election Commission. it's the second 501(c)4 to launch an ad attacking Obama Wednesday — Veterans for Freedom, which opposes his position on the war in Iraq, is spending more than $2 million on an ad taking aim at the Illinois senator.

"Choosing the right justices is critical for America," the ad's announcer states. "We don't know who Barack Obama would choose, but we know this: He chose as one of his first financial backers a slumlord now convicted on 16 counts of corruption. Obama chose as an associate a man who helped to bomb the Pentagon and said he ‘didn't do enough.’ And Obama chose as his pastor a man who has blamed America for the 9/11 attacks.

"Obama chose to associate with these men, while voting against these men," the announcer also says, as images of current Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito are shown.

The group, which advocates naming conservative justices to the bench, says the ad is part of a $1 million grassroots campaign to "to raise awareness and recruit activists on the critical issue of the U.S. Supreme Court." The campaign will also include an extensive outreach effort including direct mail, e-mail, and text messaging.

soundoff (339 Responses)
  1. My State Is Blue! Yours Can Be Too!

    Who Cares....
    This is old news.

    October 1, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Trot out the scary darkies now – its the only desparation card they have left.

    October 1, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. ANGY

    old news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Gop looser

    October 1, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. Sarah- ARIZONA

    mcshame is pathetic..... How dare he.

    look at palin she had a woodoo witch prayer done on her.

    pathetic.

    October 1, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. JohnLee

    THis is pure desperation by McCain and Company and it is sad. Just when I think mcCain and the republicans can't stoop any lower, they drop like a rock! What happened to the moral straight talking McCain I once knew?

    October 1, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Andrea in TX - Republican

    This is exactly why some groups don't deserve tax cuts; to spend this kind of money on a dead issue at a time like this troubles me and confirms my choice to vote democrat for the 1st time in my life.

    I'll also bet that Sen McCain and Gov Palin will not come out against this group and the ad...

    October 1, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. banderson

    What kind of name is POCHOLO or maybe you mispelled it and meant Pinocchio with your lying nose. Everyone and I mean everyone knows that this is one of those Misdirection, deception and propaganda tactics of the Republicans. First, they figure out how to get around campaign finance rules which John McCain supposedly championed, then they try to bring up dirt that has been brought before. Pathetic!!! Let's talk about the issues and how we can help the American people stay in their homes and pay their bills.

    October 1, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. jay in da bay

    Time to get nasty, i smell desperation....& these are supposed to be the "moral" party. Problem is, Americans are sick of it...this will backfire, as has almost EVERYTHING that the Republican machine has pooped out..lol

    October 1, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. David

    Yawn. Old news, long since dealt with and put to rest. Nothing new here except I guess it shows Republican and their ally's desperation if they're rehashing old issues that have long been known and discussed.

    October 1, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  10. J.D.

    Guess what, people, what Wright was saying about 9/11 is that we can't trample on the people of this earth and then not expect them to react. Israel was created by the Western powers and imposed on the people of Palestine (notice we didn't give the Jews a piece of the U.S. or Europe). Then the Jews treat the Palestinians like garbage for several decades and we act surprised that the Muslims hate us. Wright is right, the chickens were coming come home to roost. I'm a patriotic American, but it doesn't mean everything we do is right. We need to be critical of our own behavior and live up to our ideals.

    October 1, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  11. Independent woman voter

    Still voting for Obama. If McCain had picked a running mate with more experience I would have considered him. But picking Palin put a nail in his campaign to me.

    October 1, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. D.Kimbro OHIO

    John McCain and his crowd are cowards. So he is down to the smear. What a patethic old man. I guess the poll numbers are getting to him. So they think peolpe care about this mess, when our economy is in near ruin?? He really has lost touch. He needs to mind his temper also (Iowa blowup). I am truly surprised that people would consider him a viable candidate.

    October 1, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. markymark22

    Obama had the chance to avoid this and do the right thing... by breaking ties long ago and not just when he realized Wright was a political liability.

    October 1, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. michael minorgan

    two words...................desperate scumbags!

    October 1, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. dave

    I doubt this ad gets any more votes for McCain than it does Obama. Sure there are plenty of sheltered white folk who will look at Wright's comments and be afraid, but there are also many, many more people who understand his words in their context: this country is on the wrong path and doing lots of wrong things.

    October 1, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. TESAP;SAVANNAH, GA

    WOW AN OLDIE BUT GOODIE. I GUESS........ DESPERATE..

    October 1, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. New Voter for Obama

    Ahhh the sweet smell of Right wing desperation, there's a saying that goes they never boo great players. It's official Obama's a threat to right wing Ideology and must be swiftboated, it'll be nice to see how their money is wasted.
    The election is so much fun

    October 1, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. gluvnast

    been there, done that....obama still here.

    step ya game up!

    October 1, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. Matt

    Pocholo...are you even American? I'm seriously beginning to think McCain has been outsourcing his blog trolls.

    October 1, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. lore satt

    There's only one word to explain that: DESPERATION

    October 1, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  21. David Orbach, New York, NY

    No one cares anymore. Go away and lose with a little dignity.

    October 1, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  22. ex VRWC

    Trot out the scary darkies now – its the only desparation card they have left.

    October 1, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. please

    sorry – need to correct that post. I should say when I get HOME, I already have hope – hope that we don't have another 4 years of republican socialism for the rick. (see right wing nuts – I can throw "socialism" around too. Pretty cool)

    October 1, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. Michigan Go Blue

    When will they ever learn?? We're not interested in this anymore.

    American people demand honor, but McCain has lost it. I REJECT and DENOUNCE the old evil McCain!

    October 1, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. Scott L

    Liberal ad says McCain will die in office.

    Conservative ad says Obama heard racist anti american sermons in his church for 20 years.

    Gee, I'll take the guy dying in office for $2000 Alex!

    October 1, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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