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. Ari

    Bill Ayers was never convicted of anything. Say didn't Sarah Palin say that Biden should not focus on the past? That is exactly what the McCain campaing is doing. They can't win on the issues so they try personal attacks. Well McCain, this is one Arizona voter who is voting for Obama.

    October 9, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. Amy in Texas

    If you ignortant Democrats vote for Barack Obama get ready for the US as we know it. Gone will be free markets-the government will run everything. Gone will be working hard and moving up in the world to make a higher salary-you will be working for the worthless people on welfare so Obama can give them something for doing nothing-you'll also be taxed out the wazzu while people who don't work still don't pay taxes. Gone will be the American way of working hard and making a better life for yourself. The government will run everything and pretty soon it will be communist with Obama at the helm.
    BE SMART VOTE MCCAIN/PALIN Keep America the America our forefathers wanted and fought for!!!

    October 9, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  3. Roberto Fugazi

    History will show that Obama and his ilk will have had more to do with the economic collapse than John McCain. It will also show that Obama is a more accomplished liar than the fool who "didn't inhale". Of course Obama, thanks to his color, has the so-called "media" giving him a lot of help there.

    October 9, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  4. No McPain

    I thought McCain said he wasn't going to do this anymore. More lies I guess.

    October 9, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. ohio

    REPUBS ARE BUNCH OF LOSERS

    October 9, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. Critical Thinking

    BTW – why must we overlook Keating 5 because McCain was "exonerated", yet we are told to question Obama's past re: things he has never been found guilty of or strongly connected with? WHEN DID HYPOCRISY BECOME PATRIOTIC?

    The last group I know of in American History that characterized its hatred as patriotic is the KKK...

    October 9, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  7. Another White Female

    Yep, I must say more and more negative McCain gets make me so sure Obama is choice USA and world needs.

    October 9, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  8. keith

    its funny how all you anti american MF want a terrorists lover in the WH
    While McCain was protecting this country his friend was bombing it.
    you anti american fools will sell out this country just to get a Dem in office.

    October 9, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. tuff Col. Oh

    it's the ECOMONY. STUPID, let there little minds keep sprewing hate, that will make the victory that much SWEETER

    October 9, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. Francheska

    I could less about Ayers and I wish someone in the campaign would tell McCain/Palin that Americans have bigger things to worry about like jobs, 401Ks, gas prices and commodity prices. This is just a lame attempt to defame Obama and change the subject from the tough economic times we are in. Bush ran this tatic on McCain in 2000 and again on Kerry in 2004. Hopefully Americans have gotten wise to the game the Republicans play. Anything that McCain has to say to Obama about Ayers, he should say to Obama's face the next debate or he should have said it at the last debate.

    October 9, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  11. cecil

    Palin She's Melting, Time For Her To Head Back To Her "AIP" Pals!

    October 9, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  12. Donny

    The McCain campaign is going in a direction the few want to go in. What is sad is the fact that no one on that team realizes that the majority of Americans don’t care about the nonsense being put out by the losing side. They just don’t get It.

    October 9, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  13. Mike

    If you don't have any content to present to the voters about how to solve the issues facing us today, then just resort to smears and lies. The good old Karl Rove Way.

    And to think that McCain wants us to believe that he is a man of character.

    October 9, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  14. Frank Glendale Ca

    it's McCain who will say anything to get elected. Even when his statements were proven lies (thanks to fact check) he still repeats them like they are true. I'm sick of him insulting my intelligence! And about Obama not voting for funding the troops…how many times does Obama have to stress that it was a timeline issue and McCain also voted against it because a timeline was in the bill. McCain and the RNC has always followed Hitler's number one policy: "A lie will become a truth if it is repeated enough times" Adolf Hitler 1941…know your history!!!

    I thought it would've been a great move during the last debate for Obama to put Palin's crappy comments to McCain: "Senator, your running mate has recently said such-and-such about me. Are you prepared to look me in the eye and make those same accusations?" There's no way in hell McCain would've done it. It would've played beautifully on TV.

    These two should be tried for treason.. They are grabing at straws..
    It's over!!

    October 9, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  15. SHELLI1313

    Here we go again! The Republicans are so scared of the Economy issues they cannot face Senator Obama winning ways and Senator Obama speaking on the Economy and Healthcare and Energy and what is happening with the People of the United States of America. McCain and the Republicans along with his idot Wife Cindy and sidekick Sarah Won't talk about the Economy, Healthcare and Energy because they've driven it into the toilet. The Democrats are Of the people, By the people and With the people. The Democrats also care about what's happening with the Wall Street Mess that the Republicans made and how the Dems are going to get all of us out of this DooDoo that we are in.

    Shelli13 in Georgia

    October 9, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  16. Sarah

    Awww....now there you go again John, going back to the past. Dog gone it, let's focus on the issues and tell the American people what your plans are for the future of the country, and where you want to take us. What about the economic mess we're in, the two wars, energy independence, China's unchecked influence in Africa and Latin America, Russia's re-emergence, and my 401k. LET'S GET TO THE ISSUES!!!

    October 9, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. rafael

    the Republican only know how to talk about nothing,i can!t understand
    how those peoples can go to sleep at nite,what they don!t understand is that in USA 80% of the inmigrants will vote for Obama plus most of the young American plus 60/70% of old American,Obama is already the
    next president of UNITED STATE OF AMERICA.

    October 9, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  18. kravitz

    John McCain now thinks he was set up by...wait...not Charles Keating!!! Did you know James B. Fowler, McCain's friend who was busted for smuggling heroin out of Thailand, is the same guy who shot Jimmie Johnson, an unarmed black man, and set off a movement that led to The Voting Rights Act? Ironic that McCain knows the guy whose killing of an unarmed black man led to the Voting Rights Act. Very Ironic.

    October 9, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  19. Lori

    Doesn't McCain have a campaign advisor who served on a committee with Bill Ayers? Anyways, who cares? All this talk is backfiring on McCain because everyone can read through the GOP's lame and desperate tactics.

    As for Rev. Wright- how can anyone think that Obama is racist when his mother and grandmother are white!!! Barack Obama is not only Black, he is Black and White so how can he be racist? That must mean he's racist against himself!! Think about it. The GOP is so negative and the people at their rallies so hateful. I turned from Independent to voting Obama because of all the GOP's negativity.

    Let's look into the background of some of McCain's friends. Keating was a known crook, does that make McCain a crook too? I guess so.

    October 9, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  20. Tiff of lithia springs

    From my understanding Ayers has reformed himself. Palin is trying to throw her weight around and caused people their jobs. Oh she did fire some poor guy. Not a reformer but a bully.

    October 9, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  21. Any fabre

    YOU'RE A SMACK MCSAME IT SHOWS ALL OVER YOUR FACE.

    October 9, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  22. TATANKA

    NOBODY CARES WHAT THE RNC DOES OR SAYS. THEIR CREDIBILITY IS NIL NOBODY IS GOING TO LISTEN EXCEPT FOR THE DUMB I ONLY VOTE REPUBLICAM AND NOBODY ELSE SQUARE HEADS. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER WASTE OF MONEY THAT COULD BE SPENT HELPING THIS COUNTRY OUT OF THE CRISIS THAT THE REPUBLICAN MONEY GRUBBERS HAVE GOTTEN US INTO.

    I AM VOTING FOR THAT ONE GO O AND JOE!!!!!
    TATANKA

    October 9, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  23. Robert Schrader

    I just donated $25 more dollars to Obama. Not a lot, and the economy is tough, but when I see this pathetic garbage spewing out from the desperate, dessicated GOP, I want to do all I can as a proud American citizen to bury this hate-mongering party, so completely bereft of ideas or solutions, FOREVER.

    October 9, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  24. INDEPENDENT

    THIS IS ANOTHER RIGHT WINGED REPUBLICAN ILLUSION GAME. OBAMA WAS 8 YEARS OLD LET GET REAL WITH THE REAL ISSUES FACING AMERICA. MAYBE SOMEBODY SHOULD CHALLENGE DIRECT CONNECTIONS WITH THE KEATING SAVING AND LOAN SCANDAL.

    AMERICA IS BETTER THAN THAT. PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING AND THE RIGHT WING WANTS TO PLAY THE ILLUSION AND DECEPTION GAMES! WE THE PEOPLE ARE SMARTER THEN THAT.

    OBAMA 08

    October 9, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  25. Letsgetreal

    Predictably as things get worse and worse for McCain, he abandons his pretenses at an honorable campaign and he and his surrogates go for the groin. I am offended that he wants to pander to the lowest common denominator. In doing so, he, his supporters, and the not-delightful Governor Palin are only validating the prejudices and low road values of the extreme right. I am appalled that attendees of your and Governor Palins rallies are shouting hate slogans and racist words.Too bad, Mr. McCain, that Barack Obama appeals to us to find the best in our selves and believe that together, the change we need is possible. Your only appeal is to the lowest of the low who are already prejudiced and divisive and your only hope to win seems to be your encouragement of that. We need your ilk like we need the plague.

    October 9, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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