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. brenda from charleston sc

    Voting October 16 for Barack Obama – with every smear from the republicans, it just makes us more determined to not let a republican win this time.

    ____________
    thats nice. i hope you dont feel real bad on 11/5 when you awake to learn that mccain is the president.

    October 9, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. Cindy-St. Louis

    It is sadly easy to see now how ugly fascism can take hold in a "civilized" country.

    I feel sorry for the ignorant people so easily whipped up by appeals to their shadow side. I feel contempt for those that do it.

    America, the dream, our dream, is better than this.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08 AND 12

    October 9, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. just wow.

    I can't wait for this election to be over. This actually made me sick to my stomach. Seriously. I am a registered Republican, have been for over 30 years, and to witness the party of fiscal responsibility and good morals resort to THIS is totally heartbreaking. I actually believed McCain when he said he would run an honorable campaign and raise the tone. I guess not. Obama it is...

    October 9, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. Boomer

    McCain and pit bull Palin are the real terrorists. They incite hate at their rallies and appeal to the lowest, base instincts that exist in America. They must stop NOW before they get somebody killed!

    October 9, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. Obama

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! About 100 plus STRONG will be voting friends, families, co-workers, friends of friends, neighbors, ect...will be voting with you Barbara on Oct. 16th. And....YES, we all live in NC......

    President Obama...............YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  6. Jim D. in Costa Mesa

    If Mr. Ayers ever wanted to learn how to build a really big bomb, he should study the McCain campaign.

    October 9, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. arun

    Just when i think the republicans cannot sink any lower in my eyes, these guys find new and innovative ways to do just that. Amazing skill I must say

    October 9, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. Jay

    Why do people think Ayers had to pay for Obama education? Well here is what I think. John McCain daughter is black and he hate Obama who is half black and half white. Now tell what is wrong with this picture. Maybe McCain don't like his daughter because she is black and he can't get around this. Now eat on this stupid Republications.

    October 9, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. MarioB. from Berlin for OBAMA/BIDEN

    well, these ads are so bad!
    McCain doesn't have any plan to offer.
    these ads don't help any American, who's in trouble in those days!
    in times of such a crisis, no smart American voter cares about something, that happened decades ago. come on,
    Look at the national polls (one has Obama leading by 11%), look at the battleground states, also including WV. they all are leaning towards Obama, because he's talking the issues, The repugs do not!!
    CNN has Obama leading comfortable and I'm looking for election night and CNN projecting Obama the New POTUS. :)
    Obama/Biden in a landslide, becauce finally America wakes up!

    October 9, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. Andy - Atlanta, GA

    How is it the RNC has about 3 to 4 times more money than the DNC? Lobbyists? Big business/wealthy individuals who stand to gain from Bush/McCain tax cuts for the rich?

    I think it's time for them to cut their losses & stop contributing, cos this race is OVER!

    October 9, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  11. Ron J

    Democrats refuse to acknowledge the truth. So be it. Go ahead and elect this guy. When the nation has been pulled thru the ringer, Republicans will be guaranteed the next 16 years. We hate to lose this election to someone people are going to say "We didn't know!" We tried to tell you but for most of you, its too late. God help the United States of America. Because Obama and the liberals will not.

    October 9, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  12. bill

    this probably will not get approved, but the entire presidential RACE comes down to one word...RACE. Enough said. Go McCain.

    October 9, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  13. Laura, WI

    McCain has officially given up on the issues that matter to the American people....

    I am astonished that some people can still consider voting for McCain!! A man who puts attacking Obama above telling voters what he would do as president!

    October 9, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  14. John in Minneapolis, MN

    What would the Left be saying if it was John McCain, instead of Barak Obama, who maintained a long-time relationship with an unapologetic domestic terrorist who escaped conviction on technicalities?

    October 9, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  15. Ms Brown

    INTELLIGENT people talk about issues...IGNORANT people talk about other people.

    Obama keep talking about "issues" and what we care about...

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 9, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  16. Mawuli Dake

    Who cares about Ayers. What are you guys going to do about the challenges we face? What is your solution to the economic crisis? What are you going to do about global warming, and health care? and education? and unemployment? etc etc. That is what we are interested in McCain.

    October 9, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  17. fed up

    Quit trying to use old news McCain. Tell Palin to stop inciting racism and run a respectable campaign.
    McCain still doesn't get it and never will.....IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID!
    And yes, I believe now after all that McCain and Palin have said – they are both less than intelligent liers who will do or say anything to get elected. Not the kind of people we should allow in the White House, we've have enough of that for the last eight years.

    October 9, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  18. MarioB. from Berlin for OBAMA/BIDEN

    well, these ads are so bad!
    McCain doesn't have any plan to offer.
    these ads don't help any American, who's in trouble in those days!
    in times of such a crisis, no smart American voter cares about something, that happened decades ago. come on,
    Look at the national polls (Gallup has Obama leading by 11%), look at the battleground states, also including WV. they all are leaning towards Obama, because he's talking the issues, The repugs do not!!
    CNN has Obama leading comfortable and I'm looking for election night and CNN projecting Obama the New POTUS. :)
    Obama/Biden in a landslide, becauce finally America wakes up!

    October 9, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  19. jane

    the heck with Ayers...I just lost 22,000 $ of my 401k!!!!

    October 9, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  20. lil

    This is nothing except for mccain trying to take our mind off of the
    economy and swiftboat Obama like they did kerry in 2004 I sure hope we dont fall for it twice.
    Mccain has been encouraging people at his 'rallies to shout terrorist
    now they are shouting kill him. I guess this is what he want some
    body in a crowd to shoot Obama.
    Mccain is dangerous, He really scares me.
    Thats why I am voting for the green men Obama/Biden 2008

    October 9, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  21. Marylou

    John MCCAIN is brain damaged from being tortured in Viet Nam

    October 9, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  22. Ruby Red

    YOu know when you have nothing to OFFER - your strategy will go negative

    I really dont understand McCain supporters! Well actually they ARE not really supporting him– Just want to make DARN sure Obama not elected

    Well guess what!!!! You better get used to it b/c come Nov 4 when its all said and done
    Obama/ Biden and true citizens of USA will prevail and rest of you negative dangerous, hateful people go on and live your miserable lives

    October 9, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  23. Bonnie

    McCain and his cronies are a joke, not to mention a bunch of COWARDS, instead of spreading lies, get to the truth of the matter, why you really don't like him, I dare you. None of you have the nerve, so you make excuses. Didn't your mothers teach you not to lie, oh I forgot, she made you, who you are today.

    October 9, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. Allen in Hartwell, GA

    Hey McCain people, if the citizens of Illinois thought enough of Barry Obama to elect him to state and federal offices, don't you think he would have been discovered if he had anything to hide?

    Please stop trying to incite riots. Just watching the mobs at your hate rallys makes me fear for this country. I've never seen such hate.

    October 9, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  25. Victor from MI

    I think its time for the DNC to bust out the Alaskan Independence Party card.

    October 9, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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