October 9th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
6 years ago

New RNC ad mentions William Ayers

The RNC will begin airing a new ad Friday that mentions William Ayers.
The RNC will begin airing a new ad Friday that mentions William Ayers.

(CNN) – Republican efforts to link Sen. Barack Obama to William Ayers, a member of a 1970’s anti-war terrorist group, will increase Friday when a new ad from the Republican National Committee hits the airwaves.

Related: Ayers, Obama crossed paths on boards, records show

“Chicago Way,” attempts to cast Obama as a stereotypical “shady” Chicago politician. Shot in black-and-white, the ad asserts “Obama’s first campaign was launched at a gathering at Mr. Ayers's home.”

The ad also mentions convicted Chicago businessman Tony Rezko, a onetime prominent supporter of Obama’s, and William Daley, a national co-chair of Obama's presidential campaign who is also the brother of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and the son of legendary Chicago political boss Richard J. Daley.

Related: Daley slams new McCain ad

“There’s more you need to know,” an announcer says as the ad ends.

The ad comes as the McCain campaign continues to carry out a more aggressive strategy of raising questions about Obama’s judgment and personal associations in the last month of the general election campaign. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin recently said that Obama sees America as “so imperfect that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country,” in an apparent reference to Ayers.

Related: Get the facts about Palin's charge

The Obama campaign has hit back hard accusing the McCain of trying to distract voters’ attention away from the many challenges the country is facing.

The RNC says "Chicago Way" will air in major media markets in Indiana and Wisconsin.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Political ads • RNC • William Ayers
soundoff (342 Responses)
  1. McCain/Palin 2008!!!

    I'm sick of how this election has turned so ugly. Shame on you Obama!

    October 9, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  2. nikki

    the executives who have this country in the current economic mess are terrorist!

    October 9, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  3. Briana

    If Ayers is a terrorist why is he a college professor? Walking free in the streets of Chicago. How about McCain and his republicans friends lock him up?
    I guess it's not that big of a deal.

    October 9, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  4. lisa

    once a drug user and a liar always the same so goes the same for his friends... people wake up"< this man is a joke .. not to mention a danger to all of us .. vote Mc Cain/Palin.. whats is wrong with all or you

    October 9, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  5. thomas

    McCain guru linked to subprime crisis
    Source: POLITICO By LISA LERER | 3/28/08 2:06 PM EDT
    The general co-chairman of John McCain’s presidential campaign, former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas), led the charge in 1999 to repeal a Depression-era banking regulation law that Democrat Barack Obama claimed on Thursday contributed significantly to today’s economic turmoil. Gramm’s role in the swift and dramatic recent restructuring of the nation’s investment houses and practices didn’t stop there. A year after the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act repealed the old regulations, Swiss Bank UBS gobbled up brokerage house Paine Weber. Two years later, Gramm settled in as a vice chairman of UBS’s new investment banking arm.
    Later, he became a major player in its government affairs operation. According to federal lobbying disclosure records, Gramm lobbied Congress, the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department about banking and mortgage issues in 2005 and 2006. During those years, the mortgage industry pressed Congress to roll back strong state rules that sought to stem the rise of predatory tactics used by lenders and brokers to place homeowners in high-cost mortgages. For his work, Gramm and two other lobbyists collected $750,000 in fees from UBS’s American subsidiary. In the past year, UBS has written down more than $18 billion in exposure to subprime loans and other risky securities and is considering cutting as many as 8,000 jobs.

    October 9, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. ines

    Desperate and Pathetic. Looks EXTREMELY weak, McCain...................

    October 9, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  7. It's Ronald

    They really need to get over this 60’s artifact and start arresting the Wall Street criminals responsible for our financial meltdown.

    October 9, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. Bobby tray

    Will it ever end?

    October 9, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  9. Kathy

    The more the Republicans smear, the more they drive voters to vote for Obama. How stupid do they think we are? Americans are tired of this crap.

    John McCain and Sarah Palin have turned into a cancer on the face of America.

    October 9, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  10. Michael Dunn

    You know I think ti's amazing to watch the Obama campaign stay focused on the issues. So since they won't say I'll pose the question. I watched Sarah Palin rail against Obama and his ties to Ayers, mean while she's married to a man that was a member of the Alaska Independence Party till August of this Year! Now this is a party that wants to secede from the United States, look this up people. Next we have McCain who's been closely tied to Charles Keeting and was a member of the Keeting 5, or his service on an advisory board for Council For World Freedom, a group with very controversial aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.

    Okay here's the new plan for McCain, obviously he has completely abandoned his honor in this race so he has two paths to the presidency. A. all this fear mongering actually works and Americans take a complete leave over their senses and vote for this man, or B. one of these whack jobs at his rallies decides he's going to save America from a potential terrorist becoming President. This is a very very dangerous game McCain and Palin are playing; I just hope that people realize this for what it is; the desperate maneuvers of a loosing campaign. McCain should be ashamed of himself!

    October 9, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  11. leslie

    Same old smear tactics, dirty politics and Mccain/Palin call themselves the reformers? Republicans better be careful raising Obamas teenage drug use, Cindy Mccain was stealling drugs from charity to consume them! What goes around, comes around!

    Here we go
    Barack/Biden the true reformers

    October 9, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  12. L AM A REPUBLICAN

    mcsame/palin u lost my vote today.shame on u meet at ohio .shame on u.

    obama 08 012

    October 9, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  13. AD

    It's only going to get worse until they whip themselves into a desperate frenzy trying to pry voters' fingers off Obama's lever in the voting booths on the 4th. Hopefully not literally, but you get the point....

    America, we ARE better than...this.

    -Peace

    October 9, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  14. Fredric, Las Vegas

    Now they are attacking Obama on his drug experimentation in college.
    But what about Cindy being a pill junkie as an adult.

    October 9, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  15. California Gold

    The country's financial institutions are collapsing, Wall Street has crashed, millions are homeless, millions are unemployed, the elderly are unattended to with program cuts, children's programs are being cut, the banks need bailout, the American auto industry is on the brink of extinction, our children are fighting and dieing in 2 wars.

    With the world crashing down around our ears a 1960's radical is all McCain can talk about?

    McCain is a failure.

    October 9, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  16. TonyinKentucky

    I'm used to the media putting up with smears, stunts, and lies but REHASH is taking it too far.

    Its bad enough to be fraudulent but to be boring and lame should be unacceptable to the media.

    The Republicans are lint in the dustbin of history already, all they have is retread mud already thrown and washed off.

    McCain/Palin its time to call it an election. If you're going to be soulless shameless muckrakers then you must at bare minimum get fresh muck.

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO the lame McCain/Palin ticket BOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    October 9, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  17. Nils Bruteig

    How seriously stupid it is to suggest Senator Obama should speak candidly about his experience with drugs and alcohol to the American people when he has already done so and even written about it!

    October 9, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
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