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. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    August 21, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. E. Schiff

    Why, oh why, did much of the national media – CNN, NBC/MSNBC, ABC, NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times, etc. – never thoroughly investigate in depth, or certainly never linger, on the political-financial entanglements of Resko and the Obamas? Any VP candidate the Obama campaign vets would probably be disqualified by this dubious business connection.

    August 21, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  3. TN for Obama

    Hey, CNN....where is the blub you like to add in the last paragraph against Obama that goes something like this....

    "However, this ad could be a problem for McCain because..........."

    How about I help you out with it... "However, this ad could be a problem for McCain because no wrong doing has been found on Obama's part. AND McCain is really, really, really, really, really OLD so how could he remember how many houses he has OR how to run a country?"

    August 21, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. FL4Obama

    Scott L, funny you might ask. There has been coverage of several tire companies and repair shops reporting a noticeable increase of customers inquiring about their tire pressure.

    Actually, many people feel the Republican Party is lost (including me as a former Republican). Bush/Cheney/McCain shamed the party with their misguided diversions in Iraq.

    August 21, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  5. Gary from Madison, WI

    Perhaps it is time for the Keating 5 stuff and the fact that the McCain's haven't paid taxes on their San Diego condo in four years.

    The Obama camp probably won't run those kinds of ads as they are far too dignified and respectable. But I'm sure MoveOn will.

    August 21, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  6. WeBoDave

    Why does Senator McCain's campaign always exagerate, lie and attack in its ads? Rezko most definitely did not receive $14 million from taxpayers, this money was for an apartment development for seniors which was built and is now open. Was it the most effective use of taxpayer dollars? I don't know, was the war in Iraq?

    August 21, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. MikeH

    Wow CNN, you have two nearly-identical posts on this "story" up.

    Whatsamatter, you scared Obama's Abramoff charge is gonna stick to your boy McCain? You gotta get shrill and post as much lie-filled articles as you can find to try and save John?

    August 21, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. Jeanne Pelley

    Why is the choice so difficult if Barack wants The White house the obvious answer is Senator Hillary Clinton or all is lost for him

    August 21, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. anonymous

    Frankly I do not care for either candidate. Hopefully the next time we get to elect it will be a hard choice because they will both be good. I am so concerned about the welfare of our country. It will take years to get back in shape. Ronald Reagan was the best President this country ever had. Where is Ross Perot ? Certainly wish that someone would listen to his suggestions as he is an intelligent man and could get this country back on the right track. Hope Ross Perot can help and SOON.

    August 21, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  10. shelly

    McCain, like all Republicans, has to lie to win. Ask McCain about his role in the Keating investigation which earned him a Congressional censure. The straight talk express is stuck in the mud–McCain will do and say anything to get elected.

    August 21, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  11. johnt

    check out tony rezko on the net. check how far back he and obama go. cnn won't let a lot of things that are fact be printed so you have to do it yourself find out where tony rezko was born and raised and his connections in that country. obama supporters you have as much right to support obama as McCain' people have in supporting him but people should know the facts about their candidates whoever they are and CNN should not prevent facts that are and in many cases been aired on their and other networks.

    August 21, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  12. s.positive

    How did Mcbush afford seven houses as a senator????????????

    August 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  13. Ronda

    Keating 5 "my friends"

    McCain has more experience, which means more skeletons and more time to get his hands dirty. Watch out!

    Shortly, the POW card is not going to work anymore. It's starting to get old. It was 30 years ago, my godness. Why is he talking about vietnam, when we are fighting TWO unnecessary wars, not in the PRESENT!

    McCain is clearly out of touch.

    Oh, and John McCain, I have two wonderful sons 20 and 11 and two daughters 22 and 19. And a granddaughter who is 1.

    I'm sorry you can't have them for your DRAFT!!!!

    August 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. lil

    Mccains ad dont border on slander.
    They are slander because that the kind of person he is all he do is
    talk down to people and turn up his nose he is the elitist he and the
    rest of the republicans all the same.;
    All they do is accuse with out proof.
    Mccain not fit to be president.

    August 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  15. Observer

    Wow..... McCain throws this out to us when he can't even remember HOW MANY houses he owns. Secondly, I think Abramoff and the Keating Five are a whole lot worse than Rezko. Better watch which stones you throw, McCain–those stones could coming rolling back as boulders toward your credibility!

    August 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. M&M

    Let's talk about Keating Five .. dirty money ? That is McCain all the way !

    August 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  17. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I'm more worried about Obama's shady deal for his one house than McCain's 4 houses. At least McCain didn't deal with a convicted felon for his purchases. Why is it you Dems keep bringing up the Keating 5, in which McCain was completed cleared but 3 Democrats were found guilty; yet you say Rezko is old news? The fact is Obama could not have bought his million dollar house without Rezco's help.

    August 21, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  18. Obama4President

    Good ad, Way to turn the tide without hitting low. This is the change I can beleieve in.

    August 21, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. Obamabots R Funny

    How about we just air all of the dirty laundry NOW so we can get it all out of the way so that we can focus on what actually matters?

    Everyone in Washington has their skeletons in the closet, so playing with fire for either candidate is likely to get collateral damage.

    I don't see how Rezko or Keating Five or Abramoff or any other skeleton in the closet lowers my gas and food prices or solves any foreign policy issues.

    August 21, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  20. ron

    what as obama accomplished he quit as a community organizer because he was frustrated. woe is me, he quit his ill gotten state senate seat before accomplishing anything, he no sooner got his again suspicious federal seat that he decided to run for the presidency. which tells us that he cannot fulfill his obligations to the people who elect or employ him and you want him for president

    August 21, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  21. Dumb & BSERVERING

    BSERVERING August 21st, 2008 6:58 pm ET

    Stop the stupid text spacing!

    August 21, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  22. Dumb & BSERVERING

    Granpa and Barbie, that's funny!

    August 21, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  23. What a cutie!

    I don't care how many houses or how much money the next president has. My vote is going to McCain after watching the debate last weekend. McCain seems like a straite up guy.

    August 21, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  24. MM

    Both sides are kind of making me sick. McCain's side is making me the sickest as he started it. Can we talk about the issues now?

    August 21, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  25. Charlotte

    let the fun begin...

    August 21, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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