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. Obama/Biden 100%

    J. Wright has shown his is loosing his marbles, just like McSame. I think it comes with old age and craving power. This is old news....NEXT!

    October 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. moveon

    move on with this non sense. we heard of all this before. please come out with new ideas that will help people suffering.

    take my advice and you may succeed.a

    October 1, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. sick and tired

    Well it's that time. Obama said it was coming. We can not let anyone scare us from voting for Obama. Let's show these grops that this tactic will not work this time. Not now, not ever, not McCain and not Palin.

    October 1, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. alicia

    Once again racism will show its ugly head. What about the Keating 5 when will that come to light again. Can the Republican stick to the issues, oh they can't because they always try to piggy back off Obama.

    October 1, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Christina

    This is so yesterday's news!

    October 1, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Why is McCain so Angry?


    There were no other sermons that were racist. In fact, this one wasn't racist. You can go to RolandSMartin on Itunes and download the podcast of the ENTIRE sermon.

    Don't you think that if there was something else they could try to use, FOX would play it everyday?

    It's about the Economy. People have not forgot about Jeremiah Wright, that was like 7-8 months ago. People care about the Economy.

    This shows the Republicans are getting desperate.

    October 1, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. America will be free again

    People pls remember that McCain has two pastors controversies...that will hurt him in Ohio, Fl and soo on...I hope Obama campaign go for that too....tit for tat.

    October 1, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. 37-year-old First Time Voter

    The rethugs idiots can't run on issues so this is all they got left. This will not work because everyone already knows about this.

    October 1, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Michael

    Fire up the swift boats! Palin's proven to be a dud, McCain's "Country First" thing over the bailout turned out to be a cheap stunt. The GOP face dissention in their own ranks and half of them won't support their own president. And the latest polls give Obama a significant edge in several swing states.

    They're scared. From here on in, they'll be fighting REALLY dirty. It starts by trotting out this old canard. Hang in there Barack - you can beat 'em.

    Obama-Biden '08

    October 1, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Steve

    McCain......Keating 5......Maybe these surrogates should think VERY carefully about this can of worms they're about to open.

    October 1, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. Susan

    Can you say desperate???

    October 1, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Karen, Arkansas

    Wow, these repubs are grasping at anything they think will work. Yesterday it was Clinton in the McCain ads. The repubs should have fully vetted the pit bull.

    October 1, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. jfs Memhis, Tn

    How dare they !!! Time to get the 527 on Obama's side to release the Palin Pulpit Witchcraft Excorsim............ At least she is in the photos and it was done just last June........

    October 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Crystal

    Mccain is an old pathetic fool. Mccain is getting very desperate. When Obama gains in the polls Mccain sinks to new lows. I wonder what he is going to come up with next.?

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

    Here we go. Desperation at it's ugliest!

    October 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Republican Mom for Obama

    Obama does not attend that church anymore. He was not there for that sermon and did not hear those comments. He is no longer a member of that church. Google it, fact check it, use common sense.

    October 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Michael

    Here comes the swiftboat!!!!!

    October 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. gEnie

    Mccain camp are desperate at this time , they will do anything to change our mind but they can't fool us anymore...........we had enough for eight years and it's time for a better change. Obama/Biden yes we can............

    October 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Melvin

    And i thought the GOP was the party of morals!

    October 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. DX in TX

    McCain has become “The Manchurian Candidate!” They have replaced his brain with a computer chip and Karl Roves is at the helm. The American people are tired of ruthless politicians. Change is not just a slogan! Change is what the American people want. This election is for ALL Americans, not a select few!

    October 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. ohio

    hahahahah weak mccain is loosing his mind \. Mccain stop the ads get back to work dude

    October 1, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Paula

    We are waiting for McCain to denounce this.......................unfortunately it won't happen. He will do or say anything for the "top prize". A quote directly from his book.

    October 1, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. Fav

    This was bound to happen!
    Sick Republicans are getting desperate and will, obviously do ANYTHING to scare us away from voting for Obama.

    As a staunch Clinton supporter, i am now praying and hoping Obama wins!!

    There is no way that such a couple of loonies can take over the White House – w/ all honesty, i fear McCain and Palin more than I do Bush, (and I've already seen all his atrocities)

    October 1, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. Kelly

    This is old news, can you guys please come up with something new. Forget it, you don't have to, there will be plenty of new material to come out with once Gov Palin takes the mic tomorrow night.

    October 1, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. Micheal shoemac republican voting for Obama in miami florida

    i hope sarah can keep the witches off of her, i wouldnt want here to be my president and she speaks with witches...lol

    Obama should make an AD with that lol

    Wat about the mega pretchers that suppor McCain and said that the holicost was an act of GOD


    OLD NEWS McCain

    October 1, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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