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. Pamela

    It's over McShame. Stick a fork in it..your campaign is done. A third Bush term just doesn't sound appealing. NO WAY...NO HOW!

    October 9, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  2. Anthony

    At this point, the RNC and McCain are waging psychological terrorism on the citizens of the US of A. Especially with all the economic woes, and weakened state of minds we are all in with stress and fear of losing our homes, investments, and saving., the last thing we need to be doing is having to deal with the fear and hate spewing messages coming from the Republican Party. When we look back at this in history, there will be many people asking how on earth WE allowed this to continue.

    Im almost in favor of sending him back to his hotel over in the far east.

    October 9, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. S. Boatman

    Keep Wasting Your Time And Money With These Ads! They Have Been Proven To Be Misleading! Keep It Up Mccain! Keep Slinging The Dirt As East As You Can! . . . Meanwhile Obama Is Taking Away The Presidency From You While You Are Not Paying Attention!

    October 9, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. sandee in Portland

    Well, here goes Mr. "I'll never run a rumor mongering campaign" again. Too bad it won't do any good. All it's going to do is turn the indpendents toward Obama. All you people spewing these lies are driving independent voters to Obama, not away from him. So....keep it up. Mean's he'll win with even more votes.

    October 9, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. Thomas

    I thought the Vietnam war was in the 60s ?
    Very sad !
    John ,
    whats the point spread on the navy game.

    October 9, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. bill for barack

    McBush is more a terrorist than any Weatherman could ever have been.
    Bomb,bomb bomb Iran – and target innocent civilians in the process. After the election it should be the goal – and the task – of the American people to deal appropriately with this domestic terrorist and send him into retirement in one of his ten houses.

    October 9, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. kayla


    October 9, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. mildredonline

    Both McCain and Palin are pathetic! They realize they are going to lose the election, so they are digging up anything and everything they can. I guess you can link me to terrorists, too, because as I teenager I knew siblings of one of the Weathermen. I actually visited their house!!! OMG!!! Does that mean people need to fear me??!!

    October 9, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. Denise

    What about McCain's relationship with Gordon Liddy? Is McCain was born in Panama so do that make him elgible to run as president.


    October 9, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  10. Generation X

    Can you say....Keating!!!

    October 9, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  11. Allen in Hartwell, GA

    Why isn't anyone the media talking about the mob atmosphere at McCain/Palin campaign rallys? After being incited by McCain and Palin, the mobs surrounding them appear ready to get a rope and lynch Obama!

    This has to be the nastiest, most unAmerican campaign I've ever seen. Aren't there laws against inciting riots? These two and their supporters are threatening to destroy this country, and the media seems happy to urge them on.

    October 9, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  12. mms

    desperate times call for desperate measures.no where else to go.just say UNCLE!

    October 9, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  13. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    It is so painfully obvious just how devastating another four years of this angry, hateful administration would be for this country. The divide in American citizens has been what I have never in my lifetime seen. Very sad!

    October 9, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  14. Mike in Texas

    Ever notice that the only minorities at McCain and/or Palin events are the security? They are only there because it is their job. When you see an Obama event there is a much broader ethnic diversity.

    October 9, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  15. AJM, Austin, TX

    I am horrified as well as terrified about the possible consequences of the McCain/Palin outrageous tactics to try to paint Obama not only as a Muslim, as if that label in itself is evil, by using his given middle-name and outright implying he is not an American, but that he is a Terrorist and pals around with Terrorists who have bombed our country and that he accepts money from Terrorists! They are not only encouraging, but inciting the crowds to potential violence against an opponent in a historic presidential race!

    Is that “Country First”? Is that the “American way“? They don’t even attempt to calm the most outrageous responses from the crowd hollering “kill him!”, “treason!”, “Terrorist!” God forbid, their dangerous tactics incite real violence to be carried out with the angry mob mentality they are inciting against our first African-American Presidential Candidate. If they don’t think the world has enough problems right now, God Help US if any real violence results from their outrageous rhetoric to win an election! No wonder people are turned off by politics!

    October 9, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. CM

    "Never Obama"

    All false accusations and ridiculous at best. You guys are getting more desperate as your poll numbers keep sliding.

    October 9, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  17. laura

    Weren't the 60's and 70's full of radicals? whatever. OLD NEWS and WHO CARES. I just lost another $5,000 in this stupid market. My 401 k is worth crap now, I've lost $25,000 so far. How is this going to help me?

    October 9, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  18. Dan, TX

    The Chairman of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox along with Business leaders and educators were on that board too.

    So McCain is saying that the Chicago Bulls support terrorists?

    McCain thinks the WHITE SOX support Terrorists???!!!!

    October 9, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. Jason

    What about Michelle Obama's connection with Bernadine Ayers in the 80's, did they not work for the same law office where Michelle met Barrack?

    October 9, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  20. Jeff - Austin, TX

    The Republican Party and its national ticket are politically, morally and ethically bankrupt. The have nothing to offer us but fear and hate. They offer us nothing for the future of this country except more of the same – the same that we've endured these past 8 years.

    McCain and Palin talk about their love of this country and their patriotism as if they are the only true patriots. Palin has accused Obama of "palling arount with terrorists" neglecting to mention that she sleeps with a terrorist every day – her husband, Todd. Todd believes that Alaska should secede from the United States. Some love of this country!

    The Republicans and McCain define patriotism as wearing a flag pin – intimating that Obama is unpartriotic since there was a time he did not wear one. Well, where is McCain's flag pin? The party of the dark side is hypocritical at best and unpartriotic at worst. They are indeed the worst.

    October 9, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  21. Sandy


    October 9, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  22. E C

    I don't think that Obama is hitting McCain nearly hard enough, except on the issues and an agenda, apparently the McCain team doesn't have one, but, Obama he isn't getting much help from the media, regarding all the deceptions and lies, that McCain is spreading, they seem to only want to sensationalize this story about Ayers, when some of McCain conservatives friends sit on that same board, are they terrorists also? also, they aren't sensationalizing the story regarding the (Keating Five), where is McCain buddy Charles Keating spent time in prison, and McCain came to Keating defense, trying to get bank regulations relaxed for his buddy, I suppose they did a lot of conversing on Mr. Keating private jet, so media let sensationalizing this story also.

    October 9, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  23. dblack06

    sad that they think people will go for this bull.

    October 9, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  24. Bob

    What are all these paid Obamabloggers going to do after election day. No more pay.....will they need a bailout?

    October 9, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  25. Pepou

    Cheney and Bush are terrorists. What else is new ?

    October 9, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
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