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. RS

    McCain is nothing but an angry old man and has lost all respect. Palin on the other hand is a disgusting puppet who is being used and has not yet figured it out. There is a lot of air upstairs with her....

    October 9, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  2. White-African(born there) American Military BRAT

    The PALIN/McCain campaign should be in jail for making terrorist threats agains Barack Obama. WE ALL HEARD the White Supremist PALIN/McCain followers calling for an old fashioned lynching.

    THEY should ALL be ASHAMED of themselves.

    And they call themselves 'Christians' .....HYPOCRITS would be more appropriate.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 9, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  3. Walt

    McCain worked with Bush and Cheney, I can't think of any greater terrorist. Hell, Ayers didn't kill 4000 Americans in an illegal and immoral war. Y'all did that.

    Obama deserves an award for just putting up with so much ignorance.

    October 9, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. Brian

    Keep it up, you scumbags. Everytime you run something like this Obama shoots up the polls. Looks like it's gonna be Obama/Biden by a landslide!

    OBAMA / BIDEN '08!!!

    October 9, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. Perla

    It appears McBush isn't content to lose gracefully and with dignity. He wants to make sure no one has ANY respect for him whatsoEVER.

    Fine, we can oblige you.

    October 9, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  6. beesofga

    We just need to get on with a Presidential Election! We have so many other problems in our country right now. What happened 40 years surely isn't one of them.

    but while I'm on the subject of SMEARS.....They can say what they want about Barack Obama, but, we sure don't continuously hear anything about McCain's past girlfriend Vicki Iseman, who happens to be a Lobbyist, in Washington DC and we don't hear anything about McCain's possible past mafia ties, DO WE? Google it...see what you find out, for yourselves.

    October 9, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. Youth Voter

    Why is this election so dirty and nasty when the young american youths are voting for the first time. What happen to the nice primaries where we heard nice things about the candidates. As a youth I am scared to death to cast a vote. McCain a Republican beating up on Obama a Democrat. I just don't understand why so much violence from the Republican and the Democrats can't fire back. Republicans give me and my friends something to select from except Ayers and Wright. If they are famous why didn't we learn this in school?

    October 9, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. Critical Thinking

    John McCain has sold every strand of honor he may have had for this election. I used to be comfortrable with him but am so nervous about the favors he will need to repay if he was in office. HOW DO YOU HIRE PEOPLE WHO ONCE USED YOUR OWN CHILD AS A SMEAR TACTIC? Obama's vote against a military funding bill due to its lack of a time line made Cindy's blood run cold yet SHE IS OK WITH HER HUSBAND WORKING WITH PEOPLE WHO CALLED THE CHILD SHE CONNECTED WITH IN (I BELIEVE) BANGLADESH AN ILLEGIMATE BLACK BABY?

    AND YOU WONDER WHY THEY ARE SEEN AS SUCH LOW DOWN JOKES...SHAMEFUL.

    October 9, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. Mark in NC

    The Republicans are beating a dead elephant. They have nothing left, and McCain is going down in flames.

    The real domestic terrorists are in the current administration . . . and they've sadly brought this country to its knees.

    October 9, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  10. jmh

    The Osama plan is to implant radical views in our schools to think like he does. But then again he's a normal black peasant who likes to belittle anyone he's feels is below his level. Guess what Barney you will never be as smart as you want to be. Yes he is a radical, yes he wants to convert America to a Islamic nation, why ?, BECAUSE HIS DADDY WAS NOTHING BUT A RADICAL HIMSELF,A DEADBEAT. AMERICA WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU.

    October 9, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. TexicoFrom Mexico

    this is so stupid! so they met each other a few times in the company of others at functions or what not...big deal! 1995 is a long way from 1968 people...no wait...i think Obama was up to something as an 8 year old! You republicans are pathetic! Unpatriotic and communist!

    REPUBLICANS CAN NOW BE COMPARED TO THE NAZI PARTY!!!! YES THATS RIGHT REPUBLICANS ARE THE REAL AMERICAN NAZI PARTY

    October 9, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  12. Christine, Michigan

    To Michelle Marietta.......right on!!! I couldn't of said it better!

    October 9, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. brenda from charleston sc

    is there anyone out there, anywhere, that guided and advised obama in shaping his political ideologies who ISNT a radical socialist, communist or marxist?

    October 9, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  14. Micheal

    Why is a man called a terrorist because he stood against a war that was killing US baby yea baby just turn 18 and sent to die. If any thing should have been called a terrorist act that should have been, as well as what going on now, with bushes war, look at the life’s that as been lost to kill his daddy once kickin it buddy. Yet your not calling bush a terrorist, oh here we go again money and power makes a new title. We need people stand up against this war and speaking about the 4000 souls who died so bush could make a point. The children who lost Mama Daddy or both to his cause. We call other country leaders terrorist for such acts. Ayers was standing for the rights of US men and women and children and moms and dads which was being violated by the power to be, he was nothing less then a Dr King with a different approach. Now he works at a college teaching our youth so why should any one have a problem benign his friend when he teaching our youth and being paid for it a terrorist I think not!!!

    October 9, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  15. Michael

    Everything I have seen on Ayers says that he is an above average citizen that does outstanding things for the community – I think I read he was citizen of the year or something like that in 1998 in Chicago.

    I think he may be able to sue John McCain for libel because these attacks on him are in my opinion unjust today when the history of activity was what – 40 years ago and his actions in the last 10-20 years are far better than the average citizen

    October 9, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  16. bobby

    If McCain and Palin are elected after all of this, the United States is going to be the laughing stock of the world.

    October 9, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. EqualBranchesofGovernment

    Down in the polls...........the "swift-boating" has begun by the McCain campaign!!

    October 9, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. That One

    Still voting for him. Just keep piling it on – it only makes you look desperate and angry.

    October 9, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  19. Mohammed Khader

    Obama past shows how radicale he is , we American have the right to know Obama Past.

    October 9, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  20. Judy

    Never Obama you are too stupid to believe that Obama and McCain files are public anymore since Obama file was breach during the primaries. If you had common sense all of the credinals were made public last month where were you when McCain was giving out dummy cards. Looking for Palin?

    October 9, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  21. Ken, LA California

    A new Meaning of Smears
    S -Sarah
    M -McCain
    E – Erratic
    A -Attitude
    R – Result
    S- Stupid

    October 9, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  22. Tom in Delaware

    Real scumbag politics out of Chicago.

    I've 'crossed paths' with my share of low-lifes in my day, but none of them have ever said, "Hey Tom, you seem like my kind of guy, here's $50 million dollars to distribute as you see fit...BTW, why don't you come over to my place to launch your political career."

    Obama's goin' down.

    October 9, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  23. bernie from maryland

    The infamous 1963 Mississippi Burning civil rights case involved members of the Ku Klux Klan murdering three civil rights workers. These KKK members were acquitted or given short sentences, although everyone knew that these guys should be spending the rest of their lives in prison.
    How is Bill Ayers different than these murderous thugs?
    What if some of these thugs are now upstanding members of the community?
    If one of them gave a fundraiser of for a senate candidate and he knew of their past, would that be a reflection on his character, even if the murders occurred when the candidate was only 3 years old at the time?
    I may still vote for Obama, but this does raise a question.

    October 9, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  24. Roz, IL

    so pathetic, GOP your days are numbered, get over yourselves, we the American people, are so over you. BYE BYE

    October 9, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  25. Tanya

    I must say I admire GOP. They are so flexible! How low can they go?!

    October 9, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
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