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. steve dumford, Scotts valley ca.

    All the ignoramus Obamabots are out in droves in these comments. Good thing they only make up a very small part of the actual electorate, we'd all be in big trouble. Mostly young, ignorant Obama supporters on these blogs and they're well known for blowing off their mouths but history has shown that when it's time to leave the party and actually vote they're too busy drinkin' beer and shooting off their mouths. All the rock the vote campaigns by MTV have produced zilch in actual young voter turnout. It's obvious all you have to do to get their support is to go out a holler 'Change" in an inspirational way and they'll follow you over the cliff like the lemmings they are. I'm a liberal independent and the more I read of their nasty slimeball comments the more I am sure to vote for comeone of substance ...John McCain

    August 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. Frank

    Go get him John! Barak is such a hypocrite! The Democrat leadership is running their campaign just like they run congress. They are implying that they are better when they clearly are not.

    August 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. nola

    I have decided that a large number of you people leaving comments on the blog have no idea whats what – you listen and watch fox news and believe whatever they say.

    I agree – is this all McCain can come up with – We the people have already read and heard about Rezko – and have already learned that it amounted to nothing.

    Also McCain is very wealthy and cannot pay the property taxes on several of his homes. At least Obama pays his bills -(Student Loans have been paid in full. That speaks volumes for me.

    August 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. Erika, KS

    You Obamabots are too funny. You get so worked up into a tizzy. McCain is doing exactly the same thing that your god is.

    August 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    McCain is getting a little.........TESTY!

    August 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Senator McCain, please explain how somebody who ranked 894 out of 899 midshipmen qualified for flight school ahead of dozens of more qualified candidates.

    August 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  7. johnt

    explain to me how a litigation lawyer and his wife who is also a lawyer can get themselves caught up in a real estate deal to the extent they have to have someone bail them out. and these same people want to occupy the white house.if they can't even read the small print that said both properties had to close on the same day, how can we trust that judgment when it comes to our welfare

    August 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. Walt, Belton,TX

    Maybe Obama would care to explain his house purchase price and the sweetheart of a loan deal he managed to get and what he had to do to get it. Maybe the Chicago "guys" came through?

    August 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. ron

    what a choise
    one who cheated on his wife 30 years ago and
    one who consorts with convicted felons on real-estate deals

    are we lucky pick one go ahead dare you

    August 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Typical conservative GOP fare. When you have nothing new or original to offer and can only run on the failed policies of your predecessor, you attack your opponent in such a way as to cast doubt on his character or ability to lead. McCain is so out of touch with the ordinary American, he just doesn't see that we are fed up with personal attacks and negative Rove-style campaigning. That's why McCain will get his butt deservedly blistered on election day!

    August 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. stone

    How many brothers and sisters dose obama's family have?
    how many brothers and sisters who in Africa or Asia does Obama

    August 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  12. Carl from MI

    Rezko, Rezko, Rezko... I'll take Rezko over Abramoff and Keating anyday. Abramoff and Keating are the real criminals.

    McCain and Chuck Keating were BEST FRIENDS... McCain went on vacation with him and everything!! (staying with Keating and he footed the bill for the vacation too!!) McCain NEVER disclosed this and was caught several years later on it, only then fessing up to it.

    John McCain is up to his armpits in lobbyists... he's just another part of the Republican Culture of Corruption!!! WAKE UP, AMERICA!!!

    August 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. sarah

    mccain doesn't know how many homes they own because HIS name is not on the deeds. he does NOT own them, his wife does. she, her dependent children, their trust funds, and corporations actually own them. they are investment properties or are for the use of her family. get over it. at least she got them legally and without convicted felons helping her along under the table.

    August 21, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. kenny cole

    Obama did nothing wrong and he has being convicted of nothing,Now is time for american people to wake up,Mccain is a disgrace to this country he can not and he will never be our president how rich are you for you not to no how many houses you have stupid old man you out of touch

    August 21, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. oldsoldierboy

    WOW, when McCain says he's the original maverick he means it. To not know how many homes you own, now that's original.

    August 21, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  16. The Lady

    McCain I hate to be the one to tell you this but Hillary already tried this stunt and it did not work.

    August 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  17. Fred

    Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't McCain on of the "Keating 5"? A select group of 5 senators who did favors for Charles Keating, a convicted felon?

    August 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. Mindscape

    I love it!
    First Obama says enough with the negative ads, let's focus on the issues.
    Now, he supermagnifies an innocent comment from McCain?
    Give me a break!
    Obama is a liar and loser. McCain and whoever he chooses will trounce him in November!

    McCain '08

    August 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  19. No McDraft

    Only people that are so tied up in Republican baloney would vote for McWar .
    What is his record of accomplishment in 25 years sure nothing to write home about all we hear is
    lies ,
    10 homes he owns"has forgotten how many own"
    Millions of $'sssssss
    His speeches are hallow,
    He repeats the same thing ,
    has no memory,
    Dreams ,thinks speaks War war war
    draft,draft draft
    what we know is he lies,spends his time running low road personal attacks,misspeaks continually ,has to have elbow puppets
    Has to take naps and depends on depends .

    August 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  20. Jay

    Obama has really drawn blood with this one..... what a desperate response from the McBush camp.
    Obama's not one who's worth 100 million dollars or owns 10 homes, flies in 12.6 million dollar jets or wears $520 Italian Ferregamo loafers.
    And if the GOPigs want to go there.... can you say "Keating 5????"

    August 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  21. Greg FL.

    All I have to say is


    August 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  22. Seattle Sue

    If McCain says he doesn't know how many houses he owns, he is either a lair or he is senile. Either way disqualifies from being President.

    August 21, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  23. Rezko and Obama

    Obama's racist and marxist thoughts, in his book!

    Educate yourself b4 you vote!

    August 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  24. Fed up with the lies

    JWC, the tire thing from Obama has been discussed to death; but since you are hearing and intelectually impaired; I'll explain it again. He answered a question about how to conserve fuel with a simple short explanation. Keep your tire pressure up to suggested standards. We've been hearing that since drivers ed back in the 60's (or maybe earlier). It wasn't his energy plan although McCain probably thought it was since he's still operating on 64K memory. At any rate; it was a good suggestion and every one should check their tire pressure. Now, find something legimate to complain about or stop writing.

    Obama '08

    August 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  25. California Gold

    Whenever Senator Obama hits McCain hard, McCain's temper flares up. This is McCain's reaction to having a miserable week. He melts down, can't stand on his own record and has to make up lies about his opponent to ease his anger. McCain's life is riddled with things he'd rather forget about, like Keating 5, making propaganda films for the North Vietnamese, signing statements against the United States, which is an act of treason, and a myriad of other failures. McCain wears $500 Italian loafers, can't remember just how many houses he owns, doesn't understand the economy and calls Obama an elitist.

    August 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
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