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. Chris in Va.

    Republicans have NOTHING on Senator Obama and it just KILLS THEM!!!!!....and I love it!

    THAT ONE AND THE OTHER ONE '08!!!!

    October 9, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. BJ

    Too many shady characters in his past... and they would still be around IF he hadn't been called on it.

    OBAMA = ACORN =SUBPRIME LOANS =VOTER FRAUD

    How can anyone in good conscience vote for a man who is so far left, that is beyond liberal?

    October 9, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. Nija

    I had great respect for you McCain and now I hand it over to Obama. I am sorry.

    October 9, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. FactCheck

    The Dems should counter by re-releasing the flyers from the 2000 election that suggested that McCain fathered a black baby out of wedlock. Hey, Bush said it was true and Bush and McCain are great buddies so he would never lie.

    October 9, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  5. America think for you

    There is no political connection between Barack and that man. Keating 5 did put some money into McCain pocket.

    October 9, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. tpipe Owosso MI

    For everyone who believes this is swiftboating I have one question to Sen. Obama
    Would you forget and/or work with Bin Laden thirty years from now?

    October 9, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. reggie

    All the skeletons in unqualified Obama's closet are starting to surface. Well, at least we are beginning to know something about this guy other than the fact that heis a great speaker.

    October 9, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  8. Moe, NY

    Pure republican sleaze.

    October 9, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  9. ohio

    cry me a river GOP you guys lost this time sorry it wont work. DEMS 08!!

    October 9, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  10. meeze

    Is this really what our country has come down to. Noone is really looking at the big picture here. Here we have someone running for president that is getting slamed for someone he knew in the past. Has anyone forgot that Mccain has been in the White house with the one and only George W. Bush standing side-by-side next to this man for the past 8 years even after losing to him twice. All I have to say is there better be something in everyones mind about that. You gotta love this country. God help us.

    October 9, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. What's wrong with McCain???

    NEVER OBAMA wrote on October 9th, 2008 8:32 pm ET

    Also, Michelle obama and Ayers were co-workers together at Sidney & Austin.The four of them were friends.
    Ayer's paid for obama's education. No one knows for sure if he even attented Columbia.The records are sealed.
    What was obama doing in the early 80's in Chicago?
    He also was a lawyer for and trained ACORN.
    --------------------------------LMAO – "Never Obama" u r too funny. are you even serious??? I can't stop laughing...LOL

    That one 08'

    October 9, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. P u m a for Hill

    If the shoe fits Obama junkie boy. You are pathetic and nothing, NOTHING but a egocentric arrogant S.O.B.

    I didn't fall for your hype and I am ashamed that so many of my fellow Americans have.

    Where's the BEFF Obama boy?
    NO BEEF, NOBAMA!!!

    October 9, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. lily ny

    what a joke the mccain and palin ticket is. They are definitely changing the subject on the economy. America is not stupid maccain and palin are disgusting, old angry man, she kills moose, kills wolves from helipcopters, she has no knowledge or experience how come no one is taking about todd palin he admitted to trying to fire the state trooper,
    this is disgusting.,

    October 9, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. Mary

    As I watched my 401k lose $10,000 in ONE day, McCain is talking about this crap. How about a workable solution or don't you have one?

    Stop this stupid stuff. The American people are losing.

    October 9, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. Turnabout is fair play

    No Hillary = No Obama October 9th, 2008 8:22 pm ET

    Ayers is a self-righteous radical, always was, always will be. He should have been jailed and it was just fumbling of the evidence that he wasn't. We call that a criminal.
    ---------------------------------

    Sounds like McCain you're describing, he got out of being put in jail because of his connections in the Senate, McCain is still a criminal who got off.

    October 9, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. only for Hill until now

    I am sure this will make it on the liberal CNN blog...

    love you Barack... you are everything this country needs....
    (wink, wink)

    let's see.

    October 9, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. Stacie-Ann

    John McCain is the lowest person and the most desperate person i have ever seen. McCain!! Here's a Advice give people reasons to vote for you and Lay off Sen.OBAMA... Americans are smart and it hurt me so much that all you can do is try to slam Sen. Obama... Same on you John McCain... Have some dignity and honor in you old days....

    October 9, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. Dr. Proctor, PHD

    As a teen, I smoked pot, drank beer, ate pop rocks without dying like
    Mikey, turned my eyelids inside out, tried a little LSD(while listening to
    Seals and Crofts Hummingbird), popped wheelies on my motorcycle,
    rang doorbells and ran. BUT THEN I GREW UP.

    (I am now the Chief of the neurosurgery department of the best
    hospital in the country).

    I won't t tell which one for obvious reasons.

    Democrats Rock!

    October 9, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  19. Ras in Rome

    Yeah, Obama! At least he led a normal life, The Republican party is and always has been a fear mongering, morally corrupt group of big mouths. Their attempts to 'control' the population through the use of SS tactics (read National Security Agency) and other extreme dictator-like practices is well documented throughout the entire history of the party. Their lies, unethical behavior, condescending attitude and propensity toward 'do as I say, not as i do' is legendary. Throw out the bums while we still have some semblance of freedom.

    October 9, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  20. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    So as the economy is tanking Cadaverick want to throw mor mud and then hide behind moose burgers skirt...he won't do it to Obama's face

    October 9, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  21. nana bruno

    shame ou you Mccain.
    we have 26 more days left for this mess to stop
    i can't take this anymore.i am tired and sick for all this negative campaign.don't worry it will all be over very soon

    October 9, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  22. jo

    Sir HE WAS ONLY 8 YEARS OLD ......CAN YOU READ ME......KEATING 5 WHEN YOU WERE 50 YEARS OLD. THE ECONOMY STUPID.

    October 9, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  23. America think for you

    The RNC ticket is living in the past. We want to know what are their plan for now and for the future economy. They seem to stuck in the past trying to tie Barack to staff that happen when he was eight years old. McCain was an adult when Keating 5 happened. He knew what he was doing and we need to question his character and Palin character for firing that guy because he refused to fire her ex brother in law.

    October 9, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  24. Maryland

    Silly

    October 9, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  25. Chris Columbus

    What a sad day to see a decorated war hero reduce himself to this. Is Jerry Springer running his campaign?

    October 9, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
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