October 10th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama's 'blind ambition' targeted

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/10/art.mccainad.cnn.jpg caption="The McCain campaign is targeting Obama's connection to Ayers in a new ad."](CNN) - John McCain is continuing his effort to associate Barack Obama with 1960's radical William Ayers, launching a national campaign ad Friday that accuses the Illinois senator of "blind ambition."

"Obama's blind ambition. When convenient, he worked with terrorist Bill Ayers. When discovered, he lied. Obama. Blind ambition. Bad judgment," the ad's narrator says.

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Congressional liberals fought for risky sub-prime loans. Congressional liberals fought against more regulation," the narrator continues. "Then, the housing market collapsed costing you billions. In crisis, we need leadership, not bad judgment."

Watch: The latest McCain campaign ad targets Obama's 'bind ambition'

The spot is the latest in a series of attempts by the Arizona senator’s campaign to raise questions about Obama's past ,and portray the Democratic presidential nominee as less than candid about his political origins.

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

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (319 Responses)

    What frosts me the most is your current offerings to the American people. A governor with “executive experience” and an I.Q. slightly above her shoe size. An old man that mumbles about dead Presidents, old, old war stories and swinging wildly from one perceived “crisis”(read photo op) such as hurricanes, Georgia and the most important, his “economic expertise” that was so critical to the current global crisis he had to rush back to D.C. to share it with Congress. This team insists on yammering and blathering about an activist in the ‘60’s that went on to work with a man that was 8 during the ‘60’s, his past drug use and his minister. Get a clue, reptilians we are the “baby boomers” remember us? We were in the ‘60’s and active, in the ‘70’s we did WAY more drugs than Obama could in two life times, and we do not care who a person’s religious advisor is or was or will be. That is his personal right and freedom, to you religious facists, it is known as freedom of religion, and the definition is not restricted to YOUR religion.. Here is the definition of irrelevant “having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue; "an irrelevant comment"; "irrelevant allegations". That is why we did not get our knickers in a knot like reptilians did over some slobber on a blue dress. So, keep your self-righteous indignation to yourselves, We want no part of it. Just keep it up and offer no plan of action other than those tired old stories. I want to hear what your going to do so I can still retire in 7 years, I do NOT want to hear more old Viet Nam Poor Old Warrior stories! The Reptilian Party has been reduced to a national joke and the bobble head is the punch line.

    October 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Praetorian

    Hmmm...blind ambition, meteoric rise to power via radical left wing supporters, pitiful record of IL Senate and U.S. Senate accomplishment....

    Why is he running again?
    Oh yeah...I remember, he's running so we can have hope and change, and change and hope, and hope, and hopefulness, and change, and redistribution of rich peoples money, and hope, and government programs to manage every aspect of our lives, and change, and hope, and mandated/enforced healthcare coverage for every child, hope, change, change, hope, and green jobs for our college educated scientists and engineers, and hope, and change.

    October 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. KC

    Obama couldn't get a security clearance due to these relationships. How about ACORN and all the fraudulent voter's registrations. You remember ACORN whose affiliate recieved $800,000 from Obama's campaign to register voters? Obama's supporters would rather win by lying and cheating then by fairness. How does that bode well for this nation? By the way CNN....why no articles on the Saudi's walking out on OPEC. Yeah, apparently their tired of Hugo Chavez and Iran and all their B.S. Why no articles on the World Bank hacking situation. Why all the falsified "Obama is so great articles" and nothing about the important news?

    October 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. FL4OB

    The McCain/Palin campaign is inciting the worst kind of divisive extremes, appealing to their far right instability in a dishonest manner. How sad.

    McCain/Palin = division

    Obama/Biden = unity

    October 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Bob (Illinois)

    Yet another act of desperation from an angry old man!

    October 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Speak The Truth

    Question...John let's talk about your wife stealing from a community orginazation to support her illegal drug habit. Why isn't Palin allowed to do any interviews? Oh, that's right the 3 things she can only speak is Maverick, Hockey Mom and Joe Six Pack. What about you and the Keating 5? You want to play dirty...let's do it Maverick!

    October 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. John in LA

    You know what I see from my front porch? It isn't Russia, it's the end of the McCain-Palin ticket... it's all over folks. I have never seen such sore losers in my life.

    October 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Bridgette-PA

    Come on Democrats! Let's fight back against the fear/smear tactics coming from the McFailin campaign! The stakes are too high for us to let them walk all over us. Any links you find about the McFailin campaign, please put it on the blogs! If they want to play hardball, let's show them that we can throw the ball the hardest! This crap has gotten out of control over the past six days. McSame doesn't have any other option but to show fear and disrespect! Let's disrespect them back. OBAMA AND BIDEN will not do it and they are not supposed to! We are supposed to do it for them! We must have their back and win this election!

    OBAMA/BIDEN -08!

    October 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Joe

    When is blind ambition bad? 232 years ago a group of men had the blind ambition needed to stand up for what they believed in. If those individuals didn't have blind ambition what would have became of this country we live in?

    October 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Truman

    These were the same attacks used by the Clinton campaign–that did not work? I think that MCCain is fundelmentally dishonest.

    What can the average American do to stop this. My donation reflect just gets stronger! I hope others feel the same.

    October 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Melissa

    The only people who will believe this is the conservative base. They're candidate cannot address the real issues that Americans face, so why not turn this into a high school STUCO campaign with juvenile tactics and name calling? I hope that the American people truly see McCain for what he really is: a washed-up, old man with absolutely nothing to offer.

    October 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. tigka

    McCain/Palin are desperate loser...it won't work this time

    October 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. slc in ny

    While the McCain team is using their brains to come up with all of the negative ads, they should be going back to the drawing board to figure out how to fix the economy and rethink their presentation to buy bad mortgages. I am very dissappointed in the Republican team. I always thought that they were the sophisticated, educated party but Sarah Palin does not exemplify these traits and is a great dissappointment being on a National ticket. I am sure the world is saying, "what is happening to the great USA?"
    With the troopergate issue and Todd Palin seeming to be her Lt. Governor, Alaska and the Pain administration appears to be a political "Payton Place."

    October 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Purple Alaska

    Lame-brain McCane is truly suffering from post-traumatic stupidity disorder (PTSD)...and his sidekicks; his former addicted stepford wife and the hypocrite is lipstick will simply self-distruct...even as the global economy swirls into utter chaos.

    October 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Mike

    "Congressional liberals fought against more regulation," the narrator continues.

    Really?!? This claim is laughable. Since Reagan's election in 1980, all we've heard from Republicans is "deregulate, deregulate, deregulate". And, "government isn't the solution, it's the problem." And, "the free market will protect us all, and resolve all the problems."

    Now, McCain's ad tries to pin responsibility for this mess on "congressional liberals"??? Please. Conservative economic philosophy, represented and advanced by Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II and their acolytes, is what got us here. Most of the country now knows this, and the Republicans can't even acknowledge their part of the responsibility for it, instead trying to shift blame off of themselves. Sleazy and contemptible. And Repubs wonder why they're in trouble in this election.


    October 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Robert

    If you look at the "sound bite" given by Barack, the source is Fox News. Go figure.

    McCain is like a mad stalker on this issue. Keating 5 – John, Keating 5!

    October 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Dawn from Denver, Colorado

    It doesn't make any sense to come out with this sort of ad now – it is vicious and oversimplifies the situation. The only people this ad will play to are their supporters – not the undecideds. People who at this point are undecided I have to believe are those that are continuing to weigh the issues and sifting through things. Really trying to understand the issues and what each platform is proposing. Those who can be swayed by emotional propaganda have already made up their minds. This can only hurt, not help, their cause with those that are still deciding.

    October 10, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Greg Rodgers

    McCain is appealing to the uneducated and those with underlying racist feelings in this country. Is this Good Judgement? When this election is over, I certainly hope hate crimes do not go up because McCain has definately stoked this fire.

    Obama is not a terrorist. He is not a muslim. I think all of the people out there that are questioning him are not listening or reading. Many news outlets have covered this AYERS nonsense. All of stated exacly what Obama has stated. You people just won't give it up because you want McCain to win.

    McCain/Palin and his followers: Please crawl back under a rock.

    October 10, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Frank,MO

    In 2002 McCain said about his own campaign that he was driven by ambition because he thought it was his last chance to become President – he admitted in his book that he lied to the American people just to become President.

    Maybe that's why he thinks everyone would do the same ?

    October 10, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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