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.

Watch: Don't trust a 'Chicago politician' McCain says

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)
  1. Bobby

    I can't believe the american people will fall for Obamas bull. The german people before WWII were also looking for change and here comes Hitler another great speaker who said what the german people wanted to hear. See what happened to Germany~!!

    October 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. JR

    What happened to your principles McCain, did you ever have any or did you set them "aside" for the election. You are becoming the most dishonorable man in America.

    October 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Brian, NJ

    This is not working John. You are playing to your base, not to the rest of America.

    It's the economy stupid and you have no answers.

    October 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Mike in ATL

    McShame you need to listen to your peers, stop the 'neg attacks they dont work in the situation we are in right now.
    You said you will never invoke "Rev Wright any more but you are about to again
    You said you will never expliot your son in iraq but you wife just did the other day.
    You are a hero of america dont let people talk you to tarnishing your name cos what happens after the election and you go back to the senate. At this rate it will be you and Liberman by yourselves.

    Be Careful.

    October 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. linda

    John McCain's campaign is in a panic. As Americans have seen, when in crisis, McCain panics. To see that the only option open to McCain right now is negative attacks and personal attacks and smears against Obama shows that the McCain/Palin ticket lacks the vission and ideas that will restore the economy in these troubled times.

    Mcain/Palin, same old politics, ideas that are old and tired and not suitable for Americas future.

    Obama/Biden, '08.

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Paul, TLH-FL

    He's not a terrorist!! If the Secret Service, CIA, NSA, etc. even got a smell of that he would never have been allowed to get this close to the Presidency. They would have taken him aside and 'kindly suggested' that such a path might be 'unwise'.

    I really wish people would use some common sense and logic about this.

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. DR in Los Angeles

    It is all lies! Only fear of losing drives people to these extreme measures! STOP THE LIES!

    Obama in '08!

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. George James

    McCaine! You are wasting time and energy.People by this time know who Obama is. McCaine's and Palin's versions are not welcome.

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Scary Scary Conservative "killum" very Scary

    Mccains Lynch mobs are looking scary...he will lose the Undecided voters ...I have heard too many complaints about those rallys...He is stupid....Conservatives voted Bush in.SO, we should trut them to get us out? In a minute one of those people he fired up will take shot at Obama or worse hurt some person in the crowd by accident and it will hit the news like a storm.Or Palin will say something off the cuff that insinuates it's ok to hurt Obama and the race will no longer be a race. They better get those crowds together they are looking more and more like some movies I saw in Mississippi Burning....just saying. I don't think it's a race issue but those people are looking mighty radical....

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. bibek

    Smears.. lies... deception... fear....

    Thats all they know.

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. lyn

    McCain & Palin we had enought form you two, the both of you are sick. You McCain are not fit to be a Leader. Go Obama & biden Go.

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. ralph

    Mccain's honor is a casuality of war

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. BJ

    Obama's campaign contributed $800k to ACORN who is now being investigated for voter registration fraud.


    There are too many suspicious people connected to Obama and the current crisis. Obama WILL DO ANYTHING, and SAY ANYTHING TO GET ELECTED!!!

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. JG

    I was this close to voting for Obama. But now that McCain raises this issue, that changes everything. I mean, blind ambition – the nerve of this guy! Who does he think he is?

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. David from Ohio

    McCain's personal attacks on Obama aren't going to convince a single uncommitted or independent voter to support McCain. Keeping whipping up the conservative base as they take the Straight Talk Express right off the cliff. We won't miss you.

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Cal in Houston

    I can see where this strategy is leading. If McCain gets even close to Obama in a few key states, he's going to start saying that Obama cheated. That's why they are trying their best to make this ACORN and "terrorist" business stick. If I'm right, McCain is terrible because he's going to try and rip this country apart just to win. The Republicans really need to chill out. If you can't win based on ideas and policies, then you don't deserve to win.

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. Chris K

    WOW! The McCain campaign is truly going down in flames! So sad that John McCain has let his campaign degenerate into such a dishonorable, unpresidential mess!

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Chris

    This economic crisis is being fanned by anxiety and fear of AN UPCOMING HIGHER TAXES AND UNKNOWN CHANGE if Obama wins (which is more likely).
    I am an investor/economist, I know how it is, so I already put my money on a safe place.

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. klok

    Dear Americans.

    I will be voting for McCain.I also believe Obama will win.
    Once this election is over,perhaps it will be a good time to start acting like the family this countries people should be.
    Just a thought !!!

    good luck to you all

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Suzy of MI

    "McCain, sleazeball politics you can believe in!"

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Joe Regis

    When you have nothing else to grab a hold on, all that is left is demonizing your oponent but it will not work because people can see right through it.

    The repubs are doomed this year, no more, not after the dismal 8 years of the republican administration.

    Obama/Biden will fix the country, the economy, and create jobs for Americans.

    Landslide Obama/Biden 08/12.

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Wal

    McCain wants to balance the budget by 2013.
    The problem is, he doesn't know yet how the deficit may looks like in 3 months.
    Bush made the same promise to cut in half in 2004 election and where are we now?

    He said he knows how to fix the social security. And the solution is commission. Or he pledged to not raise tax during his term. How can he be open to a commission and not open to raise tax in order to fix the social security?

    He said he know how to win wars. And was advocated to go to Iraq and almost forget or doesn’t believe that the fundamental of the war against terrorism is in Afghanistan.
    He said he know how to get Ben laden. It is unpatriotic to not tell that to generals how to catch Ben laden.

    Does McCain he mean what he said or is the product of his Age?

    We saw this movie before ... that will not work again. This year2008 is different.

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Gebeorge Napalotino

    McCain's erratic behavior has been talked about a lot by many. Even most conservative Republican senators have been talking about it repeatedly. "The bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" reaction is not an isolated incidcent. Consider the following:

    In late January, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., told the Boston Globe that the thought of McCain being president "sends a cold chill down my spine."

    "He's erratic. He's hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me," Cochran told the newspaper.

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. TONY



    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Janet American Abroad

    If this is all they have, WELL! Goodbye McCain and Palin!

    The BS they are spewing out there, will come back to haunt them.
    OH! excuse me Gov Palin was exorcised by the Witch Doctor!

    October 10, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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