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. Robert, Miami

    Good.
    Americans don't need someone like Obama that loved going to a RACIST AND ANTI-AMERICAN church for over 20yrs!

    October 1, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. len2000

    This is really low. Given Palin's history and McCain's issues with his own pastor... I ask you:

    Do we really want to go there???

    Give it up, people. This is an old song that we've already heard before, and it didn't work. Everyone knows his comments were taken completely out of context, and Obama has proven his patriotism and love for his country (he's been proving it his entire adult life).

    Think about it for a minute. Would you want to be judged based on the words and actions of those around you, and not your own merits?

    October 1, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Schulzz

    Yawn. Reverend Wright got more coverage than any issue. This has not helped Hillary and won't help McCain. Just shows how desperate they are, and that McCain has no honor left, just lies and smears.

    October 1, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. INDEPENDANT VET

    NOT ONLY JERMIA WRIGHT . HOW ABOUT WILLIAM AYERS HIS TERRORIST BUIDDIE , THEY WORKED TOGETHER FOR OVER 20 YRS, AN HIS DEAR FRIND IS THE ONE THAT BOMED OUR CAPITAL , THEN WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE OF HIS CLOSER TIES LOUIS FARRAKHAN WITH ALL KINDS OF ROOTS. THEN HE IS GOING TO EMBRACE PRESIDENT MAHMOUND AHMADINEJAD , THAT WANTS TO WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE MAP.

    WE ALLL KNOW THAT HE IS FOR KILLING A NEW BORN , YET HE WOULD LET A TERROSIT SIT AT HIS TABLE .

    NOW WE HAVE COMING OUT AFTER THE ELECTION A THESIS FROM PRINCETION ON MICHELLE , THAT SHE STATES DUTY IS TO PUT BLACKS BEFORE WHITES , AN SHE STATES I AM OBLIGATED TO UTLIZE ALL MY PRESENT AND FUTURE RESOURCES TO BENEFIT THE BLACK COUMITY FIRST AND FOREMOST .

    ADD THIS ALL UP , AN THERE IS MUCH MUCH MORE , AN YOU REALLY WANT SOME ONE LIKE THIS TO OCCUPY THE WHITE HOUSE .

    WELL I DO NOT THINK THE WHITE HOUSE IS FOR SALE JUST YET.

    October 1, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. Republicans= Me First Country Last

    Up next: Hagee, Robertson, the Witch Hunter and Mrs. Palin speaking in tongues debut!

    October 1, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. Francheska Georgia

    Palin attended a church in which the pastor speaks of having defeated witchcraft...that Alaska will be the last hold out during the Last Days and the Republican Party decides to drag out Rev. Wright AGAIN!! Can't they find NEW material to try and smear Obama with?

    October 1, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. james

    It's October, is there an October surprise coming?

    October 1, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. whatever

    Well this should bring out the keating 5!!

    October 1, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. gerri

    Lets get their names and where they live,or can anyone just smear someone and get away with it?I THOUGHT WE HAD LIBEL LAWS.

    October 1, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Lisa T

    I've just donated another $120.00 to the Obama campaign! Everytime the McCain camp spews such hatred I will donate more! Hmmm...Palin pastor "witchcraft session"; Palin pastor "time of rapture"; the list is too numerous on the Hokey-Pokey that she is involved in!

    Turning Florida Blue!!!!
    Lisa Taylor – Lake Wales, Florida

    October 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. nitro

    I find it hard to believe anything Rev. Wright said was racist, it may have been unpatriotic but it wasnt racist. So get out of here and find another way to save a sinking ship.

    October 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. NYFN08

    Y. A. W. N. Like a fish out of water, a campaign gasping for dear life.. Speaking of fish out of water, be sure to tune into tomorrow night's debate!

    October 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. kevin

    Time for some other PAC to launch a commercial to remind voters of McCain's inclusion in the Keating 5.

    October 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. James In Oregon

    If McCain & Cronies want to open up this dead wood again , they are in for a big surprise.

    October 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. FactCheck

    Really? Is this the best that the Republicans can do? Well, I guess it's all over then. You gotta hand it to Bush and Cheney, they always had something stowed away in the closet for a special surprise not a rehash of week old meatloaf.

    October 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. Otanes - Atlanta

    Fine. Let’s see some ads with Palin’s Witch Hunter pastor!

    October 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. Frank from Peterborough

    To any American with enough sense to come in out of the rain they will see the desperation in a man gone past the edge of sanity as his advanced age has left him almost morally bankrupt with the scruples of an alley cat. McCain is toast and the world is laughing at him now instead of at Americans.

    October 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Joseph L

    TRUTH HURTS.YOU CANT HIDE FROM IT,YOU CANT DENY IT OBAMA,NEXT MAYBE YOUR NEIGHBOR AND FRIEND WILLIAM AYERS WILL BE ON TV BLOWING UP THE PENTAGON.

    October 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. the other jd

    the repubs are desperate...they weren't going to roll this out until the last week of october

    October 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. KJL

    On Youtube there is a video of Sarah Palin getting blessed by some nutty preacher to give her prosperity and protect her from "witchcraft" of some form or other. This was part of her preparation to run for governor.

    October 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. Does Obama Palin Comparison?

    20 years in the front pew, and Obama couldn't tell until this year that his pastor was a racist...Hmm...

    There is nothing that you liberals can say that will make change this from what it is...Obama tacitly agreed with this man, until it became politically unfavorable to continue to do so.

    October 1, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. v.ananthan

    THIS IS THE ONLY ONE CASE THAT I TRUST WHAT OBAMA SAYS...

    October 1, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    same old GOP smear tactics..... nothing to offer Americans but lies and innuendo... pathetic.

    October 1, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. concerned white privileged female citizen

    How about talking about the economy? When losers have no real solutions, they deflect to issues deemed irrelevant. Rev. Wright = Old Business; the economy = new business. McCain/Palin are stuck in the past, Obama in the future. With the poor economy isn't it smarter to deal with the future/issues that the American people are most concerned about. It's clear that NO ONE cares about Rev. Wright. McCain/Palin: NO ONE WILL LISTEN UNTIL YOU OFFER SOME SOLUTIONS AND QUIT PLAYING IMMATURE POLITICAL GAMES! YOU'RE NOT EVEN GOOD AT IT!

    October 1, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. J.MCKINNEY

    We were warn about this and we are ready to reject it NO WAY NO HOW NO MCCAIN/PALIN

    October 1, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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