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. Thomas

    What happened to the Republican Party I used to love?

    Senator McCain, You used to be an honourable man. But you and my party have changed and that makes me sad and so disappointed.

    October 9, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. Craig a Texas Democrat

    These are the Christian so called Right wing of Americans. Racist, sadistic, wealthy and dont care one bit about the issues facing the American People.

    October 9, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  3. Otto

    Yeah, that's great news! Well I'll tell you all what's up; everytime Democrates hear these slime, we give more.

    Today I was approached by a lady on 5th. Ave Manhattan Who was collecting on behalf of the DNC. She started telling me all about Barack Obama and I stopped her and laughed out loud.
    Lady, I said; I know more about him than you do. She went on to tell me how much I can help the cause. I showed her my BO/Biden button and siad I am a doner on the Internet.

    The conversation continued for a while and she said the Internet is but one way to keep the movement going.

    I told her everytime we hear the negatives from McCain and his clan, we give more. Needless to say I gave her a checque for $100.00.

    This should have already be known to the Repubs, that we take this election seriously. You go on with your bad selves Repukes, we turn the red States blue.

    October 9, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. Brandon

    McLiar sure is getting desperate. It's so blatantly obvious.

    October 9, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  5. CNN loves McCain

    So has CNN become the McCain newsnetwork?

    Stop trying to make this race close by pushing his propaganda.

    October 9, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  6. Jeff Brown

    It is so sad to watch the McCain train wreck speeding forward. Just when you think McCain/Palin can not sink any lower, they trot out this stuff. Is the prize that seductive John? Important enough to make you a laughing stock who is despised and pitied?

    October 9, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. Q

    I'm litterally sick to my stomach at this point..can you just pls say what you can do as President, and save us all this mess.

    October 9, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  8. Craig a Texas Democrat

    These are the Christian so called Right wing of Americans. Racist, sadistic, wealthy and dont care one bit about the issues facing the American People. Shame Shame Shame on McCain.

    October 9, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  9. cecil

    All You Gov. Palin Supporters, When's The Next "AIP" Flag Burning Event. I Here Gov. Palin Never Misses Them.

    She Never Lets Her "AIP" Pals Down She'll Be There I Sure!

    October 9, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  10. Red

    Political stunt scorecard:

    Picking Palin: FAILED
    Suspending campaign to save the country: FAILED
    Showing understanding of the economy: FAILED

    Calling Obama a "Bad Person": .......

    October 9, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  11. Tennisguypitt

    2 words: Keating 5!

    Factcheck.org found this to be false. It didn't work for Hillary and it won't work for you now!

    "That One"/Biden '08

    October 9, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  12. Jeff

    Could we please hear some ideas from Mr. "I don't get Economics" and Josie Six Pack on how they are going to get us out of the downward spiral we are on?

    October 9, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. C Harris

    People are struggling we don't care about ayers. If McCain knows that the american people care more about economics than smears why won't he stick to the issues? Why try to tear someone down or attack them with lies? Obama is dueing a great job with not responding to this nonsense that has nothing to do with our future.

    October 9, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  14. E.C.Coleman

    It's about time the RNC publicized this issue. The American People have a right to know each and every single fact about Barack Hussein Obama. Obama has received a FREE RIDE as a Democratic Candidate and has the networks pulling strings and backing his every word. Obama is NO SAVIOR and he is NO ONE SPECIAL. Obama is just an unqualified guy who's a COMPLETE Fraud playing a Kool Hoops Playing Kat trying to grab the POWER and the PERKS of this office. Obama is the very SAME AS "I smoked marijuanna, but I did NOT inhale!" Americans have had enough. This is OVER!

    October 9, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. SC for Obama

    Can anybody say "desperate?" McCain and Palin, it's over guys. Make this your farewell tour, thank the fools that were voting Republican yet again, and ride off into the sunset. America is better off without either of you!

    October 9, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  16. MN

    I would challenge anyone to find one person who is actively involved in education support and reform in Chicago who doesn't know Ayers. This is pathetic.

    I also think it's interesting that this whole Ayers thing hasn't been important since the nominations were accepted...

    IT'S IMPORTANT TO MCCAIN AND PALIN NOW BECAUSE THEY'RE LOSING!!!!

    This has nothing to do with them being "concerned" about the issue... It's a campaign tactic and nothing more.

    October 9, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  17. Ron L

    AMERICA...WAKE UP..Do not let up the pressure on the McCain campaign to allow the GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN to do interviews on the Sunday morning NEWS show, WITHOUT DADDY McCain by her side. If she is so qualified there should be NO FEAR in allowing her to meet with Wolfe Biltzer, Campbell Brown, Tom Borkaw, etc. BEFORE the election....DO NOT LET UP...KEEP COMPLAINING..it is only the way it MIGHT happen. this is a woman that COULD become the Vice President and/or President of the greatest nation on the planet!!!

    October 9, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  18. For McCain

    It is pretty sad that Obama supporters are pointing the finger at McCain and Palin when it is clear that Obama admitted he used drugs in his book. We should be concerned about every aspect of our canidates character . I would much rather have a president who has served our country with honor, experience and integrity. As well as a vice president who keeps it real and tells you the truth not what you want to hear. We all need to stop listening to the media and the rhetoric. Its quite obvious that the media has been bought by the Obama campaign. As far as Obama's campaign strategy its ironic how there was a fundmental difference between the two campaigns at the start of this election and now Obamas plan has changed to the point of it sounds alot like McCains.... or is it? Is Obama telling you what you want to hear, just to get elected the first black president?

    October 9, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. Dave

    This has become pathetic, I am an Independent and I was hoping the issues would be discussed. McCain and Palin just want to divert from the issues. I now know how I am voting. Keep it up and you will alienate more independents.

    October 9, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  20. Donna

    Yet they fail to mention that Obama and Ayers met at the house of one of McCane's CURRENT supporters...............

    October 9, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  21. Katrina

    At least Ayers has been vetted, and is now a Professor at a major
    university. Who is Sara Palin?

    (We still don't know.)

    October 9, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  22. Obama

    CNN I betcha if you find out what was promised or paid to the first dude to take the entire BLAME for the abuse of power case in Alaska, you would get extra credit? wink.....wink!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  23. Joe in C-land

    There is nothing as dangerous or pathetic as a demagogue – Palin and the McCains. This has to end, they are inciting trouble for their own benefit. These are difficult times that need character, honesty, integrity and smarts – Obama and Biden. America, this is to important for games and the dark side of human nature. We are better than this!

    October 9, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  24. Yuck!

    McCain you are scum of the earth.

    October 9, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  25. Don

    If you can't win on the issues, take the low road and try personal attacks to distract the voters. The republicans know they have put us in this financial situation by deregulating the financial industry and can't argue their stance for improving the economy. The trickle down theroy hasn't worked. This is their last ditch effort to divert the publics attention but it won't work this time.

    Obama/Biden 08

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