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. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    That all you got?

    Pathetic.

    October 9, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  2. Christine

    Go Away McSame & Failin – PLEASE For The Sake Of This Great Country
    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 9, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. Will18E

    Ayers who? Never heard of him.
    Waste your $$$ GOP, whiling going negative, for it will get Obamma even closer to the W.H.

    October 9, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. CJ/PA

    Methinks it's time to call Pastor Moothy back in to try cast out the witchcraft which has permeated the entire McCain campaign! This time, though, we should add a Jesuit Priest to perform an Exorcism, as the campaign has morphed from ugly and nasty to pure EVIL!

    October 9, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. Carol Peterson

    This is the reason I'm voting straight Democrat this year. Weed out as many of the Republican liars and do-nothings as we can.

    October 9, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. Ted:Canada

    IN CANADA

    SARAH WOULD BE BROUGHT TO TRIAL

    The Criminal Code of Canada: Hate Propaganda:
    "Hate Propaganda" section of the Criminal Code of Canada (Section 318 & 319) prohibited the expression of hatred against - or the advocacy of genocide of - four "identifiable groups:" people distinguished by their "color, race, religion or ethnic origin."

    The RCMP will get her if she crosses the border!

    October 9, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  7. SCOTT

    SHAME ON MCCAIN AND THE RIGHT WING REPUBLICAN PARTY. THE PARTY HAS SOLD OUT AMERICAN FOR THE ILLUSION GAME. WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO COUNTRY FIRST AND NOT CAMPAIGN FIRST.

    AMERICAN HAS REAL ISSUES AND WE NEED REAL LEADERSHIPS!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 9, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  8. Ali

    Never Obama you must be on something. They didn't even meet until after Obama finished school. I won't even bother with the other obsurdities you are spewing.

    October 9, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  9. Deb, Allentown,PA

    McCain and Palin are desperate and disgusting.

    October 9, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. Sandy

    NEVER OBAMA, IN THE EARLY 80'S OBAMA WAS A TEEN YOUNG ADULT MAYBE MADE SOME MISTAKES IN HIS LIFETIME...BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? I'M SURE EVERYONE AT SOME POINT AND TIME DELT WITH SOME UGLY PEOPLE AND MADE A CHOICE TO STEP AWAY WHEN THINGS BECAME CLEAR ABOUT THEIR CHARACTER. SO DON'T ACT LIKE YOUR POOP DON'T STINK.

    October 9, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. cecil

    Gov. Palin And Her I Hate America Pals, "AIP"

    October 9, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  12. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    SWIFTBOATING WILL NOT WORK THIS TIME!

    WE ARE NOT LOW-INFORMATION CITIZENS!!!!

    GO OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!

    YES WE CAN!

    October 9, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. Kelley James

    Dear Never Obama we need intellectual's to run our country if you want to excel. McCain and Palin does not appear to be. Look at the way the run their campaign and look at Obama's. If he McCain cannot even manage his campaign well, how is going to manage American when she is in financial turmoil. It does not matter if a man is black or white if he has the capability we should vote.

    October 9, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  14. travis

    It's more alarming that Sarah Palin's husband wants Alaska to succeed from the USA - that's treason.

    October 9, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  15. Lori

    Who is this Annenberg person who endorsed McCain? Didn't she serve with Bill Ayers on some Committe? Well, well, well... I guess that means McCain is palling around with people who pal around with terrorist!!!

    People take this one and run with it! The GOP is in for a rude awakening!

    October 9, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  16. ken

    is it not a crime if a felon is a co chairman of a presidential campain, if so why is charles keating the co chairman of mc cains campain. when this country is in such a bad is a man with a criminal record of stealing money , millions of dollars ,and almost cost mc cain his seat how can he be in this position,when he has a felenoy . ken

    October 9, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  17. Will in Carson City

    It's funny to see all the Dems up in arms over this - yet if it were McCain in this EXACT situation, all the Dems would be applauding the whole thing.

    October 9, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. Geraldine

    Unreal. The more of this I hear the more money I send to Obama. Saw McCain today and he looks and acts like he's confused. can't even read from his notes.

    October 9, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  19. Jr

    cnn post this please dont put awaiting moderation on me
    .
    JOHN McCain!! TELL ME ABOUT UR STORY OF KEATING 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THIS!! I KNOW JOHN MCCAIN IS VERY DANGEROUS AND STEALING MO MONEY .. I DO NOT TRUST JOHN MCCAIN!

    VOTE OBAMA 08

    October 9, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. joan

    I've got enormous info (negative and positive) about Obama from all the media and sources during this long election season, then I got to know about him enough to figure out who he is, and I got to like him enough to vote for him. BUT actually I really DON'T KNOW about MCCAIN and Palin and Cindy. Mccain says he knows how to fix economy, how to win war, how to do this, how to do that...But What did he fix in the ecomony during his long years in Washington? Which war did he win? Is he a real war hero? Was he really tortured in prison? Who proved that? Was he a good pilot? Why did he crash down 5 planes? How dare he cheated on his wife? How smart is he? Is he smart enough to lead the country? Is he really healthy? How much does he know about Palin? Does he really love America? Does he really care about the people? Why doesn't he explain of the KEATING FIVE in front of the public? etc.

    October 9, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  21. Peter of Oregon

    I can't vote for a man who'd cheat on his wife over and over again with various women and then cheat on her for 9 months with Cindy before getting a divorce.

    I'll be voting for "that one" in November.

    October 9, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  22. JN

    NEVER OBAMA...you're a lying sack of crap!!!!

    October 9, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. E.C.Coleman

    How did Ayers stay out of Jail? Boy, if he did something like bombing the Pentagon in these times, Ayers would be put under the jail, for the rest of his life. That's exactly where he belongs now. How does this Terrorist get to TEACH ???? Makes No Sense.

    October 9, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  24. Insulted

    I think the more appropriate question is why did Ayres pick Obama? What is it that Ayres saw in Obama that he liked so much?

    October 9, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  25. Sumi, CA

    Unbelievable and such hate. McCain has just lost this election. How can he even think we American's want this type of character leading and respresenting us! Such a shame...

    October 9, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
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