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. keeth in california

    RNC has to cover the cost because McCain can't.

    October 9, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. Winnie in Montana

    This is so disgusting. I already know what I need to know to make a decision on Election Day. Enough is enough McCain! All you are doing is highlighting your own shortcomings. I actually voted yesterday and nothing is going to make me regret that vote.

    October 9, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. Surge

    These kinds of ads would have no weight if Obama had been honest all along about such relationships (Wright, Rezko, Ayers). It goes to his integrity and his judgment.

    October 9, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. fella from chicago

    Ayers, Rezko, Wright; the axis of evil and guess who's at the center.
    Your drug use and the little brother who you've chosen to forsake in Kenya are going to follow you to 2012 after which the American people tired of your Socialist policies are going to vote you out. Enjoy it now pinhead.

    October 9, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. Kristina

    Interesting... should the city of Chicago go to Gitmo for awarding him Citizen of the year in 1997?

    Stop wasting money and time Mac!

    October 9, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. Mike from Michigan

    Give it up already! Obama was 8 years old when Ayers was active. The man hasn't been accused of these activities in decades. He has, like so many of the hippie generation, become part of the more mainstream establishment.

    Being in the same room with the man doesn't mean you have their philosophy. John McCain should know this since he "palled around" with Keatiing and the other convicted felons in the Lincoln debacle but was found only guilty of using poor judgement.

    October 9, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Rove has lost his touch – we're not fooled any more ha ha ha ha ha

    October 9, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. Michelle Marietta

    Forget about Ayers.....

    What kind of a person is Palin, getting her "Joe six pack" trailer park trash crowds to yell racial slurs about Obama, and she stands there and says nothing. She is starting a civil unrest in this country...she is the problem we have today...its Palin

    She needs to step down,..she is a cancer for America.

    October 9, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. Char59


    October 9, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    No Hill.. no O, like a lot of radical protestors of the Viet Nam war, he went too far. But he is a productive human being now, and it sounds like he was doing some good work when Obama was working with him in community service for education. The way the McBush Camp is running their smear campaign is criminal from where I stand.

    Of course, the issues are just too hard to deal with clearly.

    October 9, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. thomas

    Who is John McCain? Who are his friends? S&L felon Charles Keating, convicted of wire fraud and bankruptcy fraud, was a close social and personal friend of McCain. Robert Asher, a Republican National Committeeman from Pennsylvania – and a felon convicted on public corruption charges signed on to McCain's campaign in February. Notorious Watergate burglar G. Gordon Liddy, who at one time plotted to murder a journalist, has been donating money to McCain for the past decade. Raffaello Follieri (convicted on Sep. 10th, 2008 for conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering) entertained McCain and Rick Davis on his Yacht on McCain's 70th birthday.

    October 9, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. interested observer

    The McCain attacks are so transparent as to be laughable.

    With less than a month to the election, I would think that more time would be spent convinving the American people that you are the right candidate for the job, as opposed to spending most of your time trying to drag down your opponent.

    Sad, sad sad..........................................but from McCain, not surprising.

    October 9, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. Ann

    I hate and despise the Republican party.

    October 9, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. Joe the Troll

    I hate the way he says "Chicago" as if it's an insult. Chicago is a great city, and a lot of people – even those that no longer live there – call it "home." I'm sure he loses some votes there every time he does it.

    October 9, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. Texas Voter

    This is nonsense on what the RNC is doing...this guy was a anti-war activist during the 60's...Obama already explained his relationship with this guy...OMG...please make them stop releasing nonsense...America needs to know about the issues.

    October 9, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  16. harry

    they are wasting money

    October 9, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. Jake

    Martina Stewart, why don't you post the true comments? Where is
    Jack Cafferty when we need him?

    October 9, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. Phil

    Palen was supposed to be such a religious person yet she is out there preaching lies and spreading rumors. I don't think even God can help her on this one...but maybe the voodoo witchdoctor can.

    October 9, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. Kim

    Mentioned Ayers !!! LMAO Thats all the McBush witch coven has talked about. The fact checks have already debunked the McBush lies but he does not care. He just keeps his lies going to his idiot faithfull. Obama and Ayers were both picked to be on a commitee in Chicago. So what? Meanwhile McBush was a member of a terrible Right Wing Racist, Anti Semite Group called the 'Council for World Freedom'. And Palin is closely tied to the Radical Anti American Group That wants Alaska to break away from the "Hated America".

    October 9, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  20. mel

    palin and mccain and a disgrace. they are playing on people's fears and racism. – i think they are trying to instigate a riot buy the crowds comments – and they only talk to hannity – who is helping with the baiting. i can only say i am proud that i am not a mccain supporter.

    October 9, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  21. CJ

    So sad they keep dredging in the gutters to find something to throw on the wall. with all this low ball politics that McCain said he was against , I am mire determined than ever to vote of Obama.

    Hate just turns me off!

    October 9, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  22. mobiusinformer

    Diggin the Mindless Obama Cult Member replies – everything except getting to the heart of the matter and no direct response to the issue at hand.

    Is that the new Democratic platform.....or just the old one?

    Wrong? Probably not. Unethical? Questionable.

    Good judgment? Certainly not.


    October 9, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  23. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    That was then,this is now, Obama 08

    October 9, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. Eric Grant

    John McCain has forever tarnished his reputation as a "maverick" by participating in the kind of politics people have always despised. He is going down in flames and this is what he will always be known as – as a sore loser, not as a so-called American hero.

    October 9, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  25. Janine

    All of McCain's ads are lies. He is getting so desperate, it's pathetic.
    Obama got the same attacks during the primaries and answered every one of them. McCain needs to get some new stuff. Or better yet, put all of that anger and energy into finding some solutions for the problems we're already in. When you point a finger, there are three pointing right back at you. McCain and Palin, you guys have rubbed elbows with shady characters yourself.

    October 9, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
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