August 21st, 2008
06:45 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain ad highlights Rezko connection

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain is out with a new ad."](CNN) - On the heels of an aggressive effort by the Obama campaign to exploit John McCain's recent inability to recall how many houses he owns, the Arizona senator's campaign is launching a new television ad slamming Obama over his dealings with disgraced Chcago businessman Tony Rezko.

"Barack Obama knows a lot about housing problems," the 30-second ad's announcer states. "'One of his 'biggest fundraisers' helped him buy his million-dollar mansion. Purchasing part of the property he couldn't afford."

"From Obama, Rezko got 'political favors' including '14 million from taxpayers,'" the narrator also says. "Now, he's a convicted felon, facing jail."

The McCain campaign said the ad will air in "key states." Earlier Thursday, Obama's campaign released a housing ad of their own referencing his inability in a Politico interview to name the number of properties he and his wife own.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. Delay man

    The Rezko thing? It was already proven that Obama did nothing wrong? Obama didn"t do anything wrong? Why Didn’t McCain Call Ralph Reed To Testify During Abramoff Investigation?

    August 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. Hillary Supporter

    I am glad that McCain hit him back where it hurts. Obama did an underhanded deal with a convicted felon. He should be ashamed of himself. I think there is more to find out about Obama that will really show us who he truly is as a person. He does things that if another politician (white) did, they would be called in for it. The media is letting him get away with dishonest things but I suppose they are afraid to make too much of it becuse he is black and they will be called racist. That's the easiest excuse to use seeing that it makes all you white folks back off because you don't want to be called racist. Let all all his dirty laundry come out. I wonder what else is there lurking to be revealed.

    August 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. hillybilly

    obama did nothing wrong so get over it.

    August 21, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. Chanda-Cincinnati

    So....someone helped Obama buy his ONE house???!!!??? Is that what I am supposed to take away from this ad? McCain...have you figured out how many houseS you and Cindy own yet? Rezco is dead...Obama was never found guilty of any wrong doing. Lets start dragging out all the scum McCain and the Clintons are tied too in some form or fashion. Why is it never mentioned that McCain was part of the Keating Five...does anyone remember thatt liitle bit of criminal activity. Go home old have plenty of them to choose from!!!!

    August 21, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. MBFLA

    Keating 5, Mr McCain what did that cost? Some of us remember. The rest of you should google it.

    As for Reszko, if Obama had done something illegal, it would have come out in court because they sure tried hard enough to find some dirt.

    August 21, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  6. Jacob, Des Moines Iowa


    this guy just doesn't know how to control himself







    August 21, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. johnt

    obama helped Rezko buy many homes with taxpayers money . this was done to help house the people in his area while a community organiser. these buildings have been mostly condemned and those that are not are in such disrepair that they soon will be Rezko grabbed the upfront money and ran leaving others to worry about the fallout. that all happened and obama was well aware of it before obama went to him for help.

    August 21, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  8. Robert

    All right, Johnny boy, let's talk about your relationship with a fellow named Charles Keating and the savings and loan debacle you helped bring about.

    August 21, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. anonmouys

    i thougt forien policy was issue number one

    August 21, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  10. lol

    finally! let obama answer for his shady connections. rezko, and the link obama has to auchi, the iraqi businessman with connections to saddam hussein. bill ayers the domestic terrorist who bombed the pentagon, (among other buildings) and obama's relationship goes way back to the 1980's. can't wait till mccain does a commercial about that "friendly" relationship!

    August 21, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. dennis from chicago

    let me help you john mc cain......o bama friendS are....donald young....alexi giannoulias george soros.... huffington... and KOS.....OPRAH......AND ALL THE OTHER ILLEGAL CONTRIBUTIONS HE has managed to acquire from non AMERICANS VIA THE INTERNET

    August 21, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  12. anonmouys

    hey pumas did bill clinton having truble picking out his vp eight years ago

    August 21, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. Fed up with the lies

    Typical of McCain; Obama was cleared of any dealings with Mr. Rezko. McCain is the one with the housing problem. I can't imagine not knowing how many houses I own.

    Obama '08

    August 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  14. Brian

    Why not make an ad on him being an adulterer and the Keating 5 and supporting Bush 85% of the time..... oh wait that is McCain!

    August 21, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    This has been debunked nine ways to Sunday. The Republicans have nothing to offer on why McCain does not know how many houses he owns or why he want's to bring back the draft. this is always their strategy – throw out nonsense nad get the spotlight off of McLame. To bad the MSM falls for it every time.

    August 21, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  16. dan, TX

    Keating Five, McCain. McCain is worse than Obama ever was. McCain is a fraud.

    August 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  17. Michigan Voter !!!

    Obama Air Heads !!!!! Corupt Politicians Take tax Payers Money For Thier Corupt Circle of Freinds , So They ( Obama ) Can Get Their Home For $ 300,000 Under Market Value , And Have thay Corupt Freind Donate Hundreds Of Thousands To Your ( Obama's ) Campaigns .Corupt Politicians Like Obama Takes Tax Payers Money For Their Wife's Company , And In Return Obama 's Wife Gets A 250,000 Pay Raise . And That Company Donates To Obama's Campaigns .

    August 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  18. James

    This is such a slly thing. Let;s get to the important items.

    August 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  19. soloobama08

    Two words: KEATING FIVE

    And also...define rich...out of touch elitist.

    August 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  20. Eric

    this is a joke Obama gave back all the money and distanced himself from rezko. McCain has his own "Tony Rezko" Charles Keating

    August 21, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  21. RJ, CA

    YES! The Rezko connection is a major blight in Obama's record. Obama and Rezko go WAY BACK in Obama's political career. Rezko contributed to EVERY Obama IL campaign since DAY ONE! Obama manipulated Ilinois legislation to benefit Rezko's slum lord programs, all of which failed and cost Chicago MILLIONS of dollars. Then Rezko gave Michelle and Obama a favorable deal on their million-dollar home. There's no disputing that, no matter how hard you try. The record is very clear on that!


    August 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  22. Jim in Orlando

    LOL ... all you Democrats ... "McCain is McSenile" ... too old .... LOL ... what has gotten real old and tired in a hurry is Obama. Rezko .. Ayers .. Wright ... polls got you Dems panicking .. have to call McCain more names ....... LOL !

    August 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  23. banderson

    Deception, misdirection and propaganda that is the Republican way. They have nothing so they make up something. Senator Obama needs to kick hitting Senator McCain and keep hitting hard. In this game second place gets you nothing.

    August 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  24. linda from South Dakota

    mcains doin payback, but not warrented,,,,, he really needs new staff,,,,,,if mccain cant remember,, well, then doesnt that tell americans what he's like??????,,lol sure tells me,,,, my votes for obama,,,,,,,,mccian halloween isnt til oct,, silly boy,,

    August 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  25. anonymous

    I hear Obama must get mad if he wants to win. How in the world can this man function in the White House if he has to get mad to win? This is the most stupid thing I have ever heard. We have other people working in the White House besides the President, I do no think they woul want to work around some that must get mad to be a winner. What a loser. I think Obama has more sense than that any way.

    August 21, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
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