October 15th, 2008
09:42 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama distances himself from former radical Bill Ayers

HEMPSTEAD, New York (CNN) - Barack Obama distanced himself Wednesday from William Ayers, an education professor with a radical past to whom the Republicans have been aggressively linking him in recent weeks.

Watch: Obama on Ayers, ACORN

Obama said Ayers had committed "despicable acts" 40 years ago as a member of the Weather Underground, which took credit for a series of domestic bombings - but pointed out that he himself had been eight years old at the time.

Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has accused Obama of "palling around with terrorists" on the campaign trail.

soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. vic nashville,Tn

    Obama lie

    October 15, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  2. Nick

    I think Obama is winning this, up to now

    Nick

    October 15, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. Accountant Guy

    McBush just got shut down and rejected!! Good job President Obama!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 15, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  4. Disappointed Republican

    McCain is drowning in his own retheric...

    October 15, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  5. Smarter than the GOP

    bravo Obama!

    haha McCain is defending Palin now... she hasn't done ANYTHING! Give it a rest and admit it was a stupid choice.

    October 15, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  6. Tim

    Obama just brushes off these ridiculous attacks, this is the type of cool demeanor we need for a president.

    October 15, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  7. dustin

    well duh, he's only been doing it for 2 years

    October 15, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  8. David

    Does Palin know what a terrorist is? Can she spell it? Just curious.

    October 15, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  9. Vanessa Napa, Califronia

    McCain is crazy...I am scared. He would not know the truth if it bit him on the fanny.

    October 15, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  10. Mick

    Great job on this one by Obama.

    October 15, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  11. Richie

    Big O did good on Ayers.

    Now McW is going off on what a role model Lipstick is for women. She is the biggest setback to women's rights I've seen in a long time.

    October 15, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  12. Lorraine

    LOL Now McCain is lying about Palin......oh here we go, pimping special needs children

    October 15, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  13. Carole

    The guy was named Chicago's Citizen of the Year. Drop it. Barack did not start his campaign in the guy's living room.

    McCain is trying to pull a rabbit out of a hat. It's not working.

    October 15, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  14. Joe Sixpack

    Obama said in his book, "Audacity of Hope"; "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

    From "Dreams of my Father"; "There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white"

    From "Dreams of My Father"; I nevr emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa, that I'd pack all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Malcom, DuBois and Mandela".

    October 15, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  15. Tim in Syracuse

    Apparently there are a lot of folks in DC 'palling around with terrorists' and a lot seem to be Republicans.

    October 15, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  16. Fitzpatrick

    Mc Cain is crying look at his face

    October 15, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. TexicoFrom Mexico

    WHO CARES ABOUT AYERS????ONLY THE REPUGS DO! DO YOU HEAR US DEMS CHANTING CHARLES KEATING? NO! WHY? BECAUSE TALKING ABOUT KEATING IS NOT GOING TO PUT FOOD ON MY TABLE!!! GIVE IT UP PEOPLE! IF YOU CANT WIN ON ISSUES YOU DONT DESERVE TO WIN! I AM A DODGER FAN AND WE ARE GETTING KILLED BY PHILLY BUT IM NOT CRYING BECAUSE PHILLY IS BETTER! OBAMA IS BETTER!!

    October 15, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  18. Dr. Roy

    Is there such a thing as a "former radical?"

    October 15, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  19. lou in ottawa

    does sarah palin undersand abuse of power?

    October 15, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  20. Lynne

    It's time for McCain/Palin to let it go...they are not winning any ground by beating this dead horse into the ground.

    October 15, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  21. Joan Fl Voter

    THAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH McCAIN CAMPAIGN – TOO NEGATIVE!!!!
    THERE HE GOES AGAIN!!!!!

    October 15, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  22. ines

    Obama set it straight. McCain is a lot of hot air – Has nothing to add to help the economy.

    October 15, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |