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. Scott L


    Have you checked the air in your tires yet? Where is this so called important step every American must take to check the air in their tires? Has anyone checked the air in their tires? Single moms, people working 2-3 jobs, families with ailing family members...

    Did anyone rally around the cry to check the air in your tires? No. So stop believing in the Democratic dream. You will get crushed in November and your party is hopelessly lost. Bill Clinton shamed your party with cigars in the oval office. My how quickly we forget.

    August 21, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. Mike in Calgary

    McCain seems to be in the gutter the way Bush was during the 2000 nomination battle with McCain. McCain has gotten down in the gutter with Bush.
    I like the way Obama is keeping his powder dry before the battle begins. All McCain's CRAP and he's still behind ... and still in the gutter!

    August 21, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. California Gold

    Ok, McCain let's talk Keating 5. Let's also talk about your complete lack of character and moral fiber evidenced by what you did to your first wife. Let's talk about the documented emotional problems of former POWs and your therapy for post traumatic stress disorder. Can you tell us just how much medicine you take for your injuries and limited range of motion in your arms and knees? How about that cancer?

    August 21, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. Shannon

    ccs, your comment made me laugh out loud! Obama honest! hahahahahahaha.

    August 21, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. Denise

    Bring up the Keating 5. McCain has been in the Sen. for nearly 30 years. Throw everything at him including the kitchen sink! Through the baby out with the bath water! Hell, through the tub out! Hit 'em high! Hit 'em low!

    August 21, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. Chris

    I love how the only people who ever bring racial issues up during this campaign are Barack Obama and the liberal posters on McCain and his upporters are concerned with issues, experience, credibility and readiness to lead a nation, not skin color. Get over it and stop playing the race card.

    August 21, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. Ryan

    McCain : Can't count his 13 million dollars worth of houses. Probably why he failed to pay taxes on many of them.

    McCain: Main economic advisor called YOU...yes YOU...a whiner for suffering in a time of economic downturn.

    McCain: Thinks a person making less than 5 million in income isn't rich.

    THIS MAN WILL RUIN OUR ECONOMY AND INFRASTRUCTURE...all while having us fight in Iran and Eastern Europe.

    Vote Obama, for your family's sake.

    August 21, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. Ron

    Why do all of McCains ads border on slander and twisted news snipets? What I find odd is that McCain has been in office for @25 years he should have a laundry list of changes and accomplishments that he implimented. Instead attack ads and promotes war. As far I find the FAITH INTERVIEW his answer to time of conception funny I liken it to the FAMILY GUY when Marge was running for Mayor her answer to all the question "911"

    August 21, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. Matt

    Hmm lets see his wife is rich and buys homes for investments. Rather than say he has 5 and it turn out to be 7, and then he's really out of touch he wanted to make sure the right number got out there. And like he said it's mostly the condo's. I'm guessing his wife(who makes a lot of money) invested in real estate. As opposed to ohhbama who for a long time was in Rezko's pocket. Gee I wonder if Nobama will now return all the money from his previous state senate run since he's already returned the "Rezko money" They both have the same issue they're politicians. And politicians deal with some people who end up being disreputable. Abramoff had his hand with every lobbyist and politician on both sides of the isle. Rezko had his hand in every Chicago politicians pocket. Like the saying goes, Let e who is without sin cast the first stone. And since we all know that Uhhhbama is the One or Messiah or whatever his followers are calling him he new he was perfectly safe from any controversy involving real estate or corrupt politicians....Not.

    I'll take someone who's wife bought some property over someone who bought some property with a Criminal any day of the week.

    How about obama take real questions and stop using the teleprompter. Oh wait, he hasn't received the appellation Uhhbama for nothing. He's about as clumsy as bush when it comes to thinking on his feet.

    Since you dems haven't stopped buchering McCains name and not respecting him I think it's time some of us Republicans returned the favor.

    Change without substance is Status Quo....No to O.

    August 21, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. honestlady

    And.....where's the crime???? Is this all McCain and his camp has???

    August 21, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. I have 1 home

    Rezko is currently a non-issue. Obama did not do anything illegal in getting a great deal on his home.

    However, when it comes to the charge of elitism, I think granpa and barbie win every time...

    Say no to McWarmonger and Barack the vote

    Obama 08 B4 it's 2 late

    August 21, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. WilKo

    Unfortunately, the campaigns are relying on our ADHD-type attention span to ensure the only topics that cross our lips are the least important part of the candidate's past activities, the vast majority of which can easily be refuted to be untrue or at least a victim of interpretation.

    That I and so many of us have thinking, intellectually curious minds and a real concern over the future direction of this country, and what our children and future generations will inherit, means very little to the "strategists" running the campaigns.

    These tactics are demeaning, and frankly, if to desire to be informed and addressed as an adult is to be termed and labeled an "elitist", then to the campaigns I plead: PLEASE pander to this elitist citizen and patriot to exhaustion and avoid these schoolyard, adolescent antics.

    August 21, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. liz

    and Obama has been long cleared of any shady dealings. Just another desperate LIE from McSame and his tribe of mudslingers.

    August 21, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. Rob

    I will state this emphatically. I am a former Republican so you can't bash me as being a liberal.

    The Republican party is pure trash at this point. You have to hold your nose and dissociate yourself with this idiocy. It's strange how conservatives claim they are closer to god. Far from it. They are the most ignorant people on the subject of religion.

    August 21, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. Cecil

    McRichie Rich
    How Can Someone Run For President, and Not Know How Many Homes They Own.

    Plus Why Didn't He Say I'll Have To Ask My Wife.

    My "Staff" I Find This So Weird!

    He Is So OUT OF TOUCH!

    August 21, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. Glenn

    So let me get this straight...... McCain slams Obama for ties to special interests.....

    This is too funny....

    McCain's mom should have taught him to look in the mirror.

    Remember Charles Keating? Or should we forget about that since it happened years ago?

    Get real.....

    August 21, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. JWC

    All of you Obamaniacs shouting "Keating Five, Keating Five" need to learn that McCain did not violate any law of the United States or the Senate. It was a mistake of poor judgement and McCain has admitted that it was one of his greatest mistakes.

    @Scott L

    I sure love Obama's energy plan. No more nuclear power (we need it Obama), no offshore drilling (so we are forced to buy it from people who hate us), just check your tires and we should all be fine. More solar, wind, and energy research is great but we also need more nuclear power, and in the short term offshore drilling.

    August 21, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |

    McCain needs to get his behind somewhere an sit it down I'm sure the last thing he really wants is someone investigating his past. What I find extremely funny is the fact that he can hatch up so much information about Obama's affairs and not give an account for the number of homes he own.

    I'm sure as low down as McCain and his fellow Republicans are IF they knew of any wrong done by Obama it would have been reported with all the extra smear they can get away with and some. What point is being made here besides the one they are forcing is Obama the fact that IF Obama could not afford his million dollar home it's because instead of running over the less advantage while chasing a dollar he was actually helping them with little financial profit, but gained a wealth of moral values that he plan to share with America.

    John owns more houses than even he can count how did he obtain them? How did he get to be one of the richest senators? It sure wasn't from spending his time doing good unto mankind because the same way he only thinks of himself and what he wants now is the same way he got all that he has now. SELFISH GAIN! CHEATING ON HIS WIFE WHILE CHASING A WOMAN THAT HAD THE MONEY HE DESIRED TO GET MORE!

    My friend John is the last one to question any one's morality!

    August 21, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  19. Jack

    Another example of Obama’s inexperience. He should have never taken on this home deal.

    Why not compare that he has a better-looking head of hair than McCain?

    August 21, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. Cynthia - Arkansas

    McSame had a bad day yesterday. What to do? Make up something and attack Obama to get the spotlight off him. Same old song and dance. The Rezko thing played out a long time ago. If there were anything illegal about it, Obama would have been on trial also. Just try and fool the people like the Republicans always do. That's all they got! They offer no new plans for the future, only recycled stuff every election...abortion, gay marriage, war. Sound familiar?

    August 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. Rob

    Now it is time for the Democrat party to bash McCain and his vitriolic senility.

    The Republican party and McCain are easy marks. Get angry and take advantage. We are all with you.

    Reason and intelligence will win out over fear and ignorance!!!

    August 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. SS

    Democratic will Unite and we will win. Go Democratic Take Back The White House!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. Mark W.

    See, the problem with this ad is that it's too complicated. If you're just some random person who doesn't follow this stuff, you probably have no idea what they are talking about.

    Obama's ad is much more simple, and it goes to the root of the whole "McCain is old and out of touch" without putting much thought into it (thanks to McCain).

    McCain got hammered today and him and the GOP threw the kitchen sink at Obama out of desperation.

    August 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. proud army and navy mom

    It appears that Obama's "Chickens are coming home to roost"

    August 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  25. Bob

    Nice nice house.....
    Go Obama!

    August 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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