October 9th, 2008
08:00 PM ET
14 years ago

New RNC ad mentions William Ayers

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(CNN) – Republican efforts to link Sen. Barack Obama to William Ayers, a member of a 1970’s anti-war terrorist group, will increase Friday when a new ad from the Republican National Committee hits the airwaves.

Related: Ayers, Obama crossed paths on boards, records show

“Chicago Way,” attempts to cast Obama as a stereotypical “shady” Chicago politician. Shot in black-and-white, the ad asserts “Obama’s first campaign was launched at a gathering at Mr. Ayers's home.”

The ad also mentions convicted Chicago businessman Tony Rezko, a onetime prominent supporter of Obama’s, and William Daley, a national co-chair of Obama's presidential campaign who is also the brother of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and the son of legendary Chicago political boss Richard J. Daley.

Related: Daley slams new McCain ad

“There’s more you need to know,” an announcer says as the ad ends.

The ad comes as the McCain campaign continues to carry out a more aggressive strategy of raising questions about Obama’s judgment and personal associations in the last month of the general election campaign. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin recently said that Obama sees America as “so imperfect that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country,” in an apparent reference to Ayers.

Related: Get the facts about Palin's charge

The Obama campaign has hit back hard accusing the McCain of trying to distract voters’ attention away from the many challenges the country is facing.

The RNC says "Chicago Way" will air in major media markets in Indiana and Wisconsin.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Political ads • RNC • William Ayers
soundoff (342 Responses)
  1. mitch

    william ayers is a patriot and republicans are just jealous that they dont know any real patriots.

    October 9, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. Lamps

    Rightly so...

    October 9, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Oh we don't like it when someone calls john mccain personally a traitor for making propaganda tapes.

    OK CNN in the tank for McCain still?

    October 9, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. chris

    The McCain/Palin campaign is getting very scared because they are loosing grounds. Did McCain forget about Charles Keating, did he for get about the economy and are they forgetting that all these might backfire on them?

    October 9, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. tom

    I am an independent voter and I will tell all of you who are talking about William Ayers is that last time I checked he will not help me put gas in my car, so McCain you just continue to talke about something else beside the economy you can bet your last dollar its gonna backfire on you so just continue.

    October 9, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. Will

    The Republican Party is quite sad. Is this all they got to say in their last month? What a horrible strategy to think they could win votes like that.

    October 9, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. deidre

    "If i’m not mistaken, that relationship with mr. ayers on this board continued after 9/11 and after his reported comments, which were
    deeply hurtful to people in new york &, I would hope, to every
    american, because they were published on 9/11, and he said that
    he was just sorry they hadn’t done more."

    Sen. Hillary Clinton

    October 9, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    This is just despicable swiftboating. I sure hope the American people are smarter about all this crap during this election cycle. McCain and the RNC are doing anything they can to try to get the edge. It has been shown time and again that Obama did nothing wrong or unethical.

    October 9, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  9. PUMBU


    October 9, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Voting October 16 for Barack Obama – with every smear from the republicans, it just makes us more determined to not let a republican win this time.

    Keep doing it, it just riles the dem. base

    October 9, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. No Hillary = No Obama

    Ayers is a self-righteous radical, always was, always will be. He should have been jailed and it was just fumbling of the evidence that he wasn't. We call that a criminal.

    October 9, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. Amy

    They got nothin' No solutions, no ideas, no plans. Nothin'.

    October 9, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. Denise

    I want to know when McCain and Palin are going to be charged with inciting racial hatred at their rally's? Hate speech is against the law and this needs to end!! What is happening to the U.S? McCain and Palin are heading down a very scary road......

    McCain especially should be ashamed. Some hero!

    October 9, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  14. Jim

    Like this is going to provide solutions to the Country's issues. Please stop the fear and smear and get real about the future. Who cares about what happened almost 40 years ago? The McCain campaign is reaching for straws because they have no real substance. If they did, their ads would reflect their policy, not idiocy.

    October 9, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. TheTruthHurts

    blah, blah, blah. There are far too many engaged, thoughtful voters this time for this stupidity to work. If you want to question his inexperience, that's fine, but suggesting he is a terrorist or criminal just reflects poorly on Republicans.

    Obama will brush this off his shoulder and apologize to the American people for what has become of our politics. Then he will tell America, if they vote for him, he'll CHANGE it.

    October 9, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. Tarheel

    No weapon formed against him shall prosper! It won't work!

    October 9, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. MEP

    John McCain's attempts to belittle his opponent , to call him names– " That one," instead of acknowledging him as a fellow Senator, his persisting refusal to shake his hand, his deliberate choice not to look at Obama in the eye or address him by his name raise unsettling questions about McCain's own judgment,and his racism, whether overt or covert. The underpinning of the present McCain campaign strategy is really about Obama's race. Win fairly or lose.

    October 9, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. Mike in Texas

    Ayers was a co author along with two others to win an Anneberg grant proposal....The whole collective group included democrats and republicans. Why aren't republicans questioning the involvement of fellow republicans who were part of the project. Since Anneberg selected Ayers does that make the Anneberg's pals with terrorists? And since Anneberg supports McCain does that mean McCain supports those who pal with terrorists?

    October 9, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |


    October 9, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. Will

    No matter what major city Obama came from they would have attacked it.

    Wasn't it in the 20s-50s when Chicago was considered dirty? What Decade are we in again?

    October 9, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. Griff

    I and my Canada win,s.... USA!!!!!!!!! United States of BBBBBBBBès

    October 9, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. What the ****?

    The Republicans are only spewing out these lies and distortions out of desperation because they're LOSING! McCrazy should at least go down with honor and play fair.

    October 9, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. Ilandking

    So their best acctack is tying Obama to someone that is currently a professor at a well known institution as well as someone that he worked with in the past to try and reform the public school system. The last time I checked he was acquitted was he not and when you bring up The Keating Five the repugs claim that Mccain was acquitted. Looks like a double standard to me....so sad!!

    October 9, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. Anne

    its all old news and we dont care. As polls show the rethuglicans are digging a deeper hole for themselves with all their negativity. I guess as they dont have a plan for anything this is the best they can do poor things.

    October 9, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  25. NO McCain, NO Palin, NO CINDY

    The Repubs are pathetic. NOT THIS TIME!! NOT THIS TIME!!

    Go Obama...I'm donating more because of this.

    October 9, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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