October 1st, 2008
06:20 PM ET
10 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. s.positive

    Well Well Well losers still digging deeper as if we will suddenly change our mind for four more years of this mess. YOU MUST BE KIDDING YOURSELVES...

    October 1, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Palin aint our Hillary

    You can try but nothing is stopping Obama now!!!!

    October 1, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |

    Time to break out Sarah's witchdoctor videos

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 1, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Jasmine

    The desperation ads are being released. I'm still waiting for the Lie of all Lies, The BIG one.

    October 1, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Mike

    I was wondering when the slimy right-wing would use their "trump" card. This only shows their desperation.

    October 1, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. No Hillary = No Obama

    It's about time Americans are being reminded of Obama's racist affiliations and his and his wife's sudden transformation into Mr. & Mrs. Patriot., surrounded by rows and rows of American flags as backdrops embellishing their images. Actions speak louder than words and what I remember seeing is Obama not bothering to lift his arm to say the pledge of alligence. How arrogant. How disrespectful.

    October 1, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Glenn in California

    I guess this just goes to show that any idiot with money can run an ad.

    Just say NO to Bush 44.

    October 1, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Barney

    Keating 5 McCain helped those guys – sling at us, we sling back

    October 1, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. America will be free again

    Let McCain now swallows his statement about not going to support any ad that includes Rev wright.....Leadership by example...lol

    October 1, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Yeah, but I never saw Obama hug Wright the way McCain hugged Bush.

    October 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Obama/Biden 100%

    Pull out all the kitchen sinks....MSame and his Palin Puppet are not going to pull the wool over our eyes this time....WE REALLY ARE SMARTER THAN THEY THINK!!

    October 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Silence Dogood

    As a progressive liberal I will not vote for someone who went to a racist, antisemitic church for 20 years. That was not OK then, it is not OK now.

    Vote Green Party – 100% inclusive.

    October 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. Louis

    I never thought they would get that desperate–game over, thanks for playing.

    October 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. 37-year-old First Time Voter

    Okay, now it's time to bring out ads about barracuda's pastor. It's time for Palin's witch doctor ad. It's time to bring an ad about Palin's husband relationship with AIP. It's time for Keating 5 ad, it's time for casino ad, it's time for an ad with McCain's lobbyist and their ties to Fannie and Freddie.

    October 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Don

    The Trickery has started and Karl Rove is all over this. They are stoping at nothing with the scare tactics. We will not be fooled again. This is old news Mr. McCain and it will bite you hard.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Independent

    What does this do for my wallet and health care that I need. ahhhhhhhhh

    (takes a deep breath)

    REPUBLICANS LISTEN WELL. This is NOT 2004!! The country is in dire situations right now. This silly stuff will not work and will instead make you all look increadibly foolish.

    I really do not give a damm who anyone knows. I just need help right now and your party has yet to give me any tangible policies.

    So STEP UP!

    October 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. MD in GA

    Everything including the kitchen sink. Sorry but swiftboating won't work this time...

    October 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. Tanya

    So are we going to run the "laying on of hands" to protect Sarah from witchcraft video?

    October 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. Former McCain supporter now for Obama!!!

    I am on the floor laughing!!!! This is the most pathetic add ever. It is the last flailing actions of a dying campaign. Americans are not stupid and you just wastes $2M of McCain and Cindy's money!!!! LOL!!!!!

    October 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Finally!!!....the Repugs have managed to sink to an all-time low!!!

    October 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Chris

    Attack with smears/kitchen sink instead of point out McCain's stance on issues? I'm SHOCKED!

    October 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Vincent, Great Lakes, Illinois

    Geeze, maybe the left should do an add with McCain offering his wife up in a top less biker contest, or how about showing a crippled woman sitting on the curb in the rain with three children as he rides off with Cindy in a Limo.

    Give me a break this is foolish and anyone with a half-brain knows it.

    October 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. Tina

    Here we go again. Last ditch efforts to rile up the people against Obama. Well, when they bring up McCain's past about him being envolved in the Keeting 5 and his extra marital affairs then we'll be talking.

    people are tired of hearing about this crap! America is in trouble and no one wants to hear this childish crap!

    October 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Kevin from Seattle

    Okay, here we go again with the fear and negative tactics. The act of desperation. McShame!!

    October 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. Puzzled

    They are so desparate, the Rev. Wright and Tony Rezko stuff is old news.

    October 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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