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
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  1. Gene

    James D....

    On your comment:

    "God…how I wish the west coast could secede. The "heartland" and the south have held this country back for my entire lifetime. Europe…here I come."

    I totally agree with you. This whole prudish holier than though, bible belt, everything in the closet "heartland" mentality is what's keeping this country back. They call themselves real Americans. I call them the plight that holds America back.

    But please... don't break away from the East Coast states either.. Places like NY, NJ, Maryland, FL, VA... those places are all moving forward too :).

    August 21, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. paul oregon

    keep after him obama. hit him with the truth there is nothing negitave
    abount the truth. i wonder are evangelicals liars or is it there pastor ?

    August 21, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. Copperfield

    Being 100% objective, its easy to understand why Obama's arguement is more effective than McCain's. Frankly, the Rezko issue is complex and it's been brought up before. On the other hand, McCain not knowing how many homes he owns is more relatable and simple. Americans facing foreclosure will find a republican forgetting how many homes he owns offensive, flat out.

    Obama 1: McCain 0.

    This election is about to get dirty 🙂

    OBAMA and HILLARY share 95% of their views.

    McCain and BUSH share 95% of their views.

    Make your choice based on what you believe, not spite.

    August 21, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. gail


    recycle recycle recycle!

    August 21, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  5. Angela

    "Obama couldn't afford"

    So this ad proves that McCain is the filthy rich guy with so many houses that McCain does not know. This is Obama's only house and by McCain's words, Obama is just a regular guy who is paying his "struggling" to pay his bills.

    By the way, this ad is more sleazy than Rezko.

    McCain can now be called McSleazy!

    August 21, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. tigerakabj

    This issue is dead. They tried that crap back in the primaries. Obama already donated all of the money Rezko gave to charity once he found out his shady dealings.

    Good try McCain on trying to get people off your "10 houses" gaffe.

    You wanted the spotlight, you've got it (and everything that comes with it). What a sad, looney old man. Come Nov. 4 Barack will put McSenile in his rocker.

    Obama/Sebelius 2008/2012.

    August 21, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. K.Lee

    Remember Keating 5 anyone???

    Obama '08

    August 21, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  8. Voice of reason

    Looks like Obambi took Carvelle's advice to start smearing. Too bad Obambi has much more to attack. The gloves are off, and Obambi shows he is just another politician. No, I take that back he is a lier (ie: campaign reform, his vote for denying medical attention for a botched abortion that resulted in a live birth in Illinois). We are glad to talk about character (ie: Rev Wright,William Ayers). But let's get back to the issues. Obambi would lay down in a foreign crisis, he can't have a sensible energy policy because of the left wing nuts, and is dead wrong on taxes and healthcare. This is a capitalist not socialist country.

    August 21, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. Rick in Chicago

    Is this the best McCain can do on Obama?

    A single housing deal costing him $300,000 of his own money?

    Too bad the Keating 5 scandal blows this away.

    Question: What was the Keating 5 scandal cost TO TAXPAYERS for federal regulators following McCain's advice and not cracking down on Keating's failing Lincoln Savings and Loan?

    Answer: $3.4 BILLION.

    Try harder next time McCain – a LOT harder!

    August 21, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |

    Harry Reed is a slim. So is obama

    August 21, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  11. Belle2

    Obama should have known this was coming.

    August 21, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  12. Bill Tampa

    Yo CNN...Where's the BEEF on McSames 7 Houses, private Jet, Million dollar parking lot, beach front properties, 500 dollar shoes..etc

    Remember your slogan..NO BIAS, NO BULL..I see the Bull here.!!!!!

    Go ahead, dare you to publish this...Dare you!!!!!

    August 21, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. FL4Obama

    Obama respectfully donated those funds to charity. I commend him for that decision.

    How many mansions does McCain have? Oh that's right; he could not remember, no matter how large an investment houses are. I guess that's not surprising when $5 million yearly income is McCain's elitist base level for wealthy.

    Obama '08

    August 21, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  14. susie

    McCain needs to talk about how Chicago politics got Obama in office in Illinois. Obama threw a lot of people under the bus, in that state.

    August 21, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  15. SC Independent

    Obama only needs to respond with two words. Keaton 5

    August 21, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  16. non black nonwhite

    uhmm... the Rezko thing is a NON-ISSUE! there really isn't that much to it. Look up the Clinton's records!

    McCain is the richest of the 2 candidates running, or did everyone in the media forget that.

    August 21, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  17. Peter

    Keep fighting back over Obama's pathetic attacks. Obama's the one who's got so many connections with radicals and convicted felons.
    Go McCain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. Slash Firestorm


    Keating Five Keating Five Keating Five Keating Five Keating Five Keating Five Keating Five Keating Five Keating Five Keating Five Keating Five Keating Five Keating Five Keating Five Keating Five Keating Five Keating Five Keating Five Keating Five

    August 21, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. Emma, San Jose, CA

    What a weak and stinking argument by McCain! To forget how much property you own really sucks for someone who makes the claim he is right for America! I initially thought he was just having the cognitive decline that affects all of us past fifty, but now it is looking more like a kind of dementia.

    August 21, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. john williams san diego, ca.

    If osama had any experience he could have bagged two houses from rezko.

    August 21, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. Sherry for Obama




    August 21, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. WeBoDave

    If we are going to bring up old news in ads then Senator Obama can do one that asks if Senator McCain has admitted a mistake since writing in 2002 that attending the two April 1987 meetings with Edwin Gray of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and others senators, known as the Keating 5, was "the worst mistake of my life."

    The negativity of McCain's campaign is a total flip-flop from his pledge for a positive campaign and deserves intense media scrutiny.

    August 21, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  23. DJ Los Angeles

    Since your people brought that much $ and free vacations did felon Charles Keating give you? That ended up costing BILLIONS in taxpayer money to bail-out and Rezko cost taxpayers nothing.

    August 21, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. tony

    Interesting –When the Repubs response to a negative ad by Obama -
    They get so pissy–
    Both are putting out questionable ads–
    But learn one thing–
    If you can't stand a little heat during an Election –how is he going to handle the PRESIDENCY–

    One item that says it all-
    When asked " When does life begin ?
    Obamas answer " It's above my pay grade"
    Let me tell you Mr. Obama–So is the Presidency-
    No way he wins-
    This will be a landslide for McCain–

    August 21, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  25. Loyalty23

    @Scott L
    And McCaine has committed Adultery to, so what is your point.
    If you don't want to check your tires that's fine, spen more money than you have to, I'm sure you are well off enough.
    McCain by the way leads all congress people in being absent from Congress,
    He Chaired several commitees and yet, name one piece of legislature he has initiated?
    Judgement..we can trust my @55..We had the Taliban/Al-qa-ida/ Osama Bin Laden on the ropes and diverted our forces to Iraq and let them off the hook..for What!!!
    He said he would chase Bin Laden to the Gates of Hell, but I guess not to the Hills of Pakistan....

    August 21, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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