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. Shari, NY

    Democrats: I am warning you – do not be complacent even if Sen. Obama is 100 points ahead. Satan is at large!

    October 1, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. katiec

    Isn't everyone sick of the republicans??
    They cannot run on accomplishments as they have none.
    They cannot run on issues, education, economy, health
    care, deficit as they have irresponsibly almost destroyed
    our country.
    They cannot run on record as they are criminal.
    All they have is dirty politicing and the American voters
    are sick of it.
    By the way, am sure glad palin's pastor rid her of
    witchcraft. Unfortunately the witch part remains.

    October 1, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. OS

    Where is Palin's Witch Craft ad.

    You GOP play cheap games and are wiling to go any length to win the election.

    October 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Eric

    I hate saying "I told you so" but I predicted this ad 2 days ago. Let's not forget McCain had promised not to go down that road but as you know, who believes this guy has any principle left.

    But it will get more vicious than that, don't be fooled. Within 5 days, you will see an ad with Larry Sinclair, I guarantee. The GOPs make a Banana Republic looks sophisticated.

    October 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Enough

    This is a reflection of a campaign that will sink lower than a snake's belly. What about the Keaton Eight McShame? What about leaving your first wife in her time of need to marry your mistress? Your charactor causes extreme concerns...by simply looking at how and who you slected for your VP.

    October 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Amy

    I knew when the McCain campaign became desperate they would bring Rev Wright up again. What about Palin having hands put on her by a Kenyan pastor with a history of being a witch hunter? We haven't had to worry about issues like that in several hundred years!

    October 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. ralph

    What happened to all the so called pumas?

    October 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. Steve

    This will undoubtedly help the McCain campaign......collapse.

    October 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. redhead from Toronto

    Lisa, We LOVE Florida, especially today, your skies are BLUE, your water is BLUE and your state will be BLUE on Nov 4.. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

    October 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Lee in Ohio

    Scare tactics based on race. The specialty of the extreme right. Remember the Willie Horton ad from Poppy's campaign.

    October 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. Just Human

    Can we hear some thoughts from McCains ex-wife on what she might have to say about him too? I'd think she might not have some nice things to say either but, fair play. Just because someone said/says something does not mean someone else is responsible for that now does it?

    October 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. Jude

    Here's we go...Repubs trying to scare voters...No way..No How..No McCain-Palin!!!

    October 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. LOL

    here we go again zzzzzzz

    and stop with the ................... crap, learn how to use punctuation

    October 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Crazy Cat Lady

    The McCain campaign must be feeling really desperate, to be unleashing the 527 swiftboaters already. Pity for them all this garbage has already been raked over during the primaries; there aren't many people still swayable by it at this point.

    October 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. Curtis in North Carolina

    McCain is really beginning to take on the look of a loser.

    Obama08

    October 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. Elana, Melbourne Florida

    oh just stop it already- Wright didnt effect obama in the primaries and it won't effect him now- stale and old- dontcha got anything else? that ship has sailed.....

    October 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Tim

    Just donated $100.00 to Obama Campaign. Let's all show our support!!!!

    October 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. Independent from GA

    This is desperation to a new low.

    October 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Syymone

    The desperation continues.................

    October 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. Dan, MA

    Obama-Wright connection attacks are as old as McCain. Let's hope they both die out soon.

    October 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. Mizzy

    Ahh, the sounds of the right wingers becoming scared...
    Are the new polls alarming you guys?
    Think this Rev. Wright is going to work 6-7 months later?
    Get a grip, Repugs! Is this the best you can do?

    Obama/Biden '08/'12

    October 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. Lorna, NY

    Here we go! The polls are up for Obama and the swiftboating begins! DON'T THEY KNOW THAT IT WILL NOT WORK THIS TIME! THESE PEOPLE ARE A BUNCH OF IDIOTS!

    October 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. Jack

    Rev. Wright poses no threat to our national security. Sara Palin is
    a direct threat to our security because she has no foreign policy
    credentials whatsoever, and ignorant to boot. She is more dangerous to our country than Wright. John McCain should be ashamed of himself.

    October 1, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. AntiBrenda

    Desparation signs. This is the Mr "clean campaign" Mcain was preaching. What a bunch of losers?

    October 1, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. SV

    HOW WOULD MCCAIN LIKE IT, IF (OBAMA ) PUT AD OUT ABOUT
    HIS DRUG POPPING WIFE

    October 1, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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