October 10th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
13 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. RR

    McWhat & PalinBambino just a bunch of cowards! This is the way they strirrr up to avoiding their CLUELESS about economic & other issues. Do they actually watch anything other than their own campaign on tv lately? Look at our stock market.......... what the f--

    October 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. walter

    I guess that if I were John McCain, I would forget about the issues and just sling mud too.

    It will be interesting, however, to see whether he has the guts to say it to Obama's face in the next debate. Obama called him out, so we'll see.

    Until now, McCain has sheltered safely behind the skirts of his wife, running mate, and chief spokesperson (all attractive women much younger than himself).

    Let's see if the sleazy old man can go it alone.

    October 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. tom

    McCain you need to calm your supporters down at these rallies, I am seeing if this is not stop right away someone is gonna get killed

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

    MCCAIN IS RUNNING SCARE AND DESPERATE.

    GET USED TO SEEING THINGS LIKE THIS AND MUCH WORSE OVER THENEXT 3.5 WEEKS.

    WITH MCCAIN AND PALIN HAVING NO RECORDS OF THEIR OWN TO RUN ON THEY HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO SCRAPE THE GUTTER, LIE, ACCUSE, ATTACK, DISTORT.

    MCCAIN IS A BITTER, ANGRY, SELF-ABSORBED, LYING OLD MAN WITH OLD IDEAS.

    HE AND HIS DIMWITTED RUNING MATE HAVE NO ANSWERS, NO SOLUTIONS AND NO PLAN ON HOW TO SET AMERICA UPRIGHT, GET IT BACK ON TRACK AND STARTING TO MOVE FORWARD.

    WHAT YOU ARE SEEING FROM HIS ADS ARE THE ACTS OF A MAN WHO KNOWS THIS IS HIS LAST CHANCE AND WILL SAY AND DO ANYTHING, NO MATTER HOW IMMORAL OR UNTRUTHFUL IN HIS LUST FOR THE PRESIDENCY.

    MCCAIN HAS GONE FROM A MAN OF CHARACTER TO A BITTER, ANGRY, IMMORAL MAN.

    LET'S SEND MCCAIN BACK TO WHINE AND MOAN IN THESENATE AND LET'S GIVE PALIN A ONE-WAY TICKET BACK TO MOOSE COUNTRY.

    October 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. bob

    wow he has no plan for this country.
    wow, what a Bush 44!

    October 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. JN

    Hey Grampy...Barack was on the radio this morning explaining his relationship with Bill Ayers...guess you missed in spreading your lies in Wisconsin....Give it up OLD MAN>>>YOU ARE LOSING!!!!!!

    October 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. ohio

    mccains camp are full of liars. mccain runs dirty camp

    October 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Bob Texas

    Mr. McCain is desperate. Ms. Palin is a 15 year old with no experience just a big mouth. What a pair!!

    October 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Meg

    WHAT A HOOT!!! McCain's blind ambition got us into this financial mess, into the Iraq war, and into the dirtiest presidential race in modern history. YOU'RE EXPOSED, MCCain, for the REAL person you are and it's irrefutably DISGUSTING.

    October 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Rich in Seattle

    Wow, McCain is horrible. What happened to the McCain of 2000? What happened to the guy who would appear on The Daily Show and I wished he was the one we picked instead of Bush.

    That McCain is gone now, replaced with a mean, angry old man with a cold heart. Does he even know what the word integrity means?

    One of the biggest mistakes I ever made was thinking McCain was a good person. Is there any Republican you can trust these days?

    October 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. DB

    No weapon formed against Senator Obama shall prosper. It won't work.

    October 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Paul

    We can take four weeks of the same lame attacks from the GOP, but we can't afford another four years of Bush's failed policies under John McCain.

    October 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. Bravado in Boston

    I can hardly wait until we can get some semblance of sanity back into the Country, and become a COUNTRY UNITED.

    We lost sight of the fact that we are the UNITED STATES of America...and not just "AMERICA". All the horrible years of Bush reduced our "United" to simply....America.

    Let's Unite. We are much stronger that way.

    And as far as what we ALL were doing when we were eight or nine years old, well, it really doesn't matter. And what we have done to try to build up Community is admirable – regardless of who you are.

    Mr. Obama was invovled in helping Community. This should NOT be derided as something trivial. Lastly, anyone who is engaged in Education reform and community will bump into Ayers. It can't be helped.

    Mr. McCain, can you PLEASE get another diatribe? PLEASE?

    Now can we all UNITE and become the USA again instead of plain ole' america? USA means UNITED! Shall we?

    October 10, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Dee

    Usual lame attempt at discrediting their opponent. McCain doesnt get it! Folks are hurting & have no interest in his dishonorable tactics to divert their attention.

    October 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. Quinton

    McCain, bad judgement is letting people threaten someones life at you and your partner's rallies and condone it by not stopping them.

    October 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. derDunkelRover

    So, are the CNN fact checkers giving this fairy tale a workover?

    October 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. Jessica CA

    Ridiculous. What he lacks in substance McCain makes up for in fluff.

    October 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. Lesley

    Congressional liberals fought against more regulation? That's rich coming from a guy who called himself the biggest deregulator a journalist could every interview. McCain can't even lead his own party. The House GOP didn't agree on the bailout bill until over one hundred million dollars in earmarks were added to it, costing millions of people to take large hits in their retirement and savings accounts while they waited it out that week. McCain is out of control at this point and he is demonstrating how he would act in times of crisis. Instead of offering sound solutions, he is trying to tie every problem we now face to some aspect of Obama. Instead of throwing mud at the wall and hoping it sticks, we need someone to clean up Washington. McCain only knows how to muddy the waters.

    October 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. A Woman In California For Obama:

    What has this got to do with my 401(k) plan?
    What has this got to do with my paycheck?
    What has this got to do with my job?
    What has this got to do with my ability to take care of my family?

    If your answer to all the above is NOTHING. Then what does that make John McCain?

    Answer: The "waterboy" for the republican party.

    October 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Minneapolis Mikey

    First off, I continue to be amazed that this once respectable Senator has continued to stoop to such childish and despicable tactics.

    Second, how can McCain, who has abandoned many of his principals in order to run for President, lecture anyone about "blind ambition."

    And third, why is ambition so bad? I want my President to be someone driven who wants it. I don't want him or her to compromise their morals or ethics (as McCain is doing with these ads), but I have no problem with someone having ambition and the drive to achieve his goals. I thought in America that was considered a virtue?

    October 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. FL Voter

    ROTFL.....oh, make it stop...Bwhahahaha....the hilarious hypocrisy of this campaign.

    McCain has his own connections to Ayers. Can you say Annenberg? Google the connections. Blind ambition, indeed.

    October 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. Spencer/Commonwealth of Virginia

    All McCain knows how to do is smear. There is no substance in what he spews.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. d.c.

    The McCain campaign is so pathetic. You have to be a right wing fanatic with deep fanatic religious believes to vote for him. His supporters are really scaring me. I would not want to be part of that group. Being from Germany his fan base reminds me of the people that supported the NSDAP......Very scary. How can a man like McCain stand for this kind of a campaign.

    October 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Tyree in Virginia

    Face it the hate and division tactics won't work, McCain this is not 1950-60 and the Jim Crow playbook is outdated. The GOP needs to get over this whole division thing and realize its not about race or religion. Its about coming together and lucky for us true Americans we have Obama-Biden here to bring us together as "One Nation Indivisible".

    October 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Annie, Atlanta

    CNN, why do you post McCain's lying ads, but will not post the article written in Salon that ties two Alaska Independence Party members to the launch of Sarah Palin's political career? This reminds me of the lead up to the Iraq war where the media was silent, knowing it was a bad idea. Is this your version of fair and balanced? Don't we, as your viewers have a right to know all the substantiated information out there so we can make the best decision possible? Or are your corporate owners tying your hands and making it not worth the risk to actually do your jobs? This is pathetic. And what did you do with Jack Cafferty. As soon as he called out Sarah Palin for her pathetic Couric interview, he disappeared.

    October 10, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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