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. Roland

    Glad to see the Repugnicans spending their own money to help the economy instead of spending mine to bail out their buddies on Wall Street.

    October 9, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. Kelly Smith

    When will this end? McCain, go home. And don't forget to take Sarah, Todd and Cindy with you. Thanks.

    October 9, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  3. Joe

    They are saying absolutely nothing about the issues. Even BUSH at least talked a LITTLE bit about the issues during his elections.

    October 9, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. Jim

    Give me a break!! I am getting so fed up with the desparate antics of the Republican party in their attempt to make Barach Obama look bad. It only makes them look more pathetic!! What a bunch of whiners!!!!!

    Obama/Binden 08

    October 9, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. Rodger

    The RNC should spend their money on the 11 Senate races they are going to lose. The McCain run for the White House is out of issues and is left with smears. I hope this effort causes even more of the Republicans in congress to be sent home. RNC, your a disgrace!!!

    October 9, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. Jean, Indiana

    Indiana!?! They think we're stupid?

    Ha!

    October 9, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. dan

    William Ayers issue will pay all the debts we have, lower gas prices,cheap houses to buy, free credit from bank whether you qualify or not, will buy cars for us?????????

    October 9, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. SB in NoVa

    I see more and more states represented in the blogs supporting Obama. Used-to-be "red" States like NC, WV, OH, FL and my own VA (and "communist country") are STEPPING UP and SPEAKING UP!

    WAY TO GO USA! Keep it up, there is still lots of time. Spread the word, volunteer, donate if you can. The Obama/Biden team are excellent leaders showing us the way to victory is to stay SMART and CONSTANT. Yes we can!!!!

    I'm voting for the SMART one!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 08 and Beyond!!!
    Turn VA Blue, and WV and FL and OH and NC, etc. etc. etc.

    October 9, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Old CNN – this is not new – it's irrelevant – why are they wasting taxpayers money on these things?

    Obama/Biden '08

    Man, these negatives things turn me 180 degrees away from the party doing them – ha ha ha ha ha

    October 9, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. Douglas, Los Angeles

    I am not destracted and I hope America isn't either.

    Did anyone see the stock market today? And you think I care about a 1960's radical who was angry, like so many, about the Viet Nam war? For heavens sake, this man has been long redeemend..He help kids get a better education and is offering more to this world than McCain and Palin.

    October 9, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. MikeH

    Silage for the ignorant. Two specialties of the Republican Cancer party.

    The Malignant Republican Political Tumor needs to be cut away from the body of America, and destroyed.

    October 9, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. AUC

    Go ahead and waste your money- you're running out of time. How patheic you people are. Sick very sick.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 9, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. Jay

    sad sad sad

    October 9, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. dustin

    I wish mccain and palin were as concerned about the economy as they are about ayers.

    October 9, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. Jacob

    Mccain is connected to bigger terrorists. Their names are Bush and Cheney.

    October 9, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. Barbara Campbell

    Same old Fear & Smear tactics. Americans are better than the neocons think we are – we can see through this garbage.

    October 9, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  17. MBFLA

    I believe your pal, Mr Keating, is in prison, John!

    October 9, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. MM

    Pitiful. Can't they talk about how they are going to try and fix the economic mess we are in?

    October 9, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  19. kayla

    KEEP IT UP REPUGBLICANS, THE MORE YOU ATTACK, THE MORE OUR MIND IS MADE UP FOR SEN OBAMA. KEEP DIGGING THE HOLE DEEPER. SOONER OR LATER YOU END UP IN THE HOLE.

    October 9, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. John McCain STOP THIS BS

    This is BS (I am Sorry CNN) People like me are lossing everything and John McCain wants to talk about Barack Obama.

    I am so upset that I am asking the media to make this stuff go away. I am going to vote for Obama not this man with these Crazy ads. The Republican party must loss and loss bad.

    October 9, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  21. Kate in NC

    If you can't win on the issues, make it up. Careful McCain, you and Caribou Barbie are hardly squeaky clean. Once the mud starts to be flung, it will be flung back, and there is alot of it to fling at both of you!

    October 9, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. JP

    McCain and Palin are dead in the water and hoping to fill their sails with their own hot air.

    October 9, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  23. NEVER OBAMA

    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.

    October 9, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  24. unknow

    McBush talk about the problem American is having right now .

    October 9, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  25. Voter

    Issues = 0

    October 9, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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