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. TONY

    I'M WAITING FOR MCCAIN TO PUT OUT AN AD ON HOW MANY TIMES OBAMA PEED THE BED AS A CHILD.

    HE IS REALLY LICKING THE SCUM OFF THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL IN THIS LAST 26 DAYS.

    PATHETIC WHAT DESPERATION WILL CAUSE A MAN TO DO.

    October 10, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. W O W WO W

    O B A M A ' S,,,,,,,,,,,,E X P L A N A T I O N,,,,,,,,,,,,,N O T,,,,,,,,,,S UP PORTED

    BY,,,,,,,,,,,,,FACTS,,,,,,,,,,,,,NOR,,,,,,,,,,,,,,PERCEPTION,,,,,,,,,,,HE'S,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    DONE,,,,,,,,,,,,IT,,,,,,,,,,,WITH,,,,,,,,,,,,,AYERS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,WRIGHT,,,,,,,,,,RESKO

    October 10, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. THAT ONE!!!!

    I guess that is all McChicken has on Obama that he thinks will win him this election??

    October 10, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    This is beyond race,sense of entitlement and you name it.Does freedom of speech in America means putting someone's security at stake?
    OBAMA IS NOT SAVE!

    October 10, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. j

    This is just plain silly. All politicians have big egos and it's funny how all the things McCain's campaign comes out with to throw at Obama can be applied, in some way, right back to McCain or Palin.

    The only thing that I think might have traction is the developing Acorn voter fraud scandel. I don't think Obama is involved in any way but voter fraud is a very serious thing and it's making it difficult to register legitimate voters.

    I've cast my ballot for Obama/Biden so I do hope they win..

    October 10, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. ANGIE

    MCCAIN=YOUR PATHETIC! where is the mccain from 2000 seems mccain has been possesed by the devil! sara can you get your witch pastor to do something to him rid of the demons that have posessed him?

    October 10, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. values

    MCCAIN IS A GIRLY MAN BRINGS OUT HIS TWO FEMALE CLOWNS ON HIS BEHALF. CINDY TAKES A SHOT OF VODKA AND A SNORK AND COMES OUT TOUGH. GO BACK TO THE RICH TRAILOR PARK.

    October 10, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Rob

    better yet–who is JohnMc Cain–he's no maverick–he is more of the same.he's not a uniter–he's a divider – He's not your average Joe–he's very wealthy
    he's not honest–he's a liar–He can't answer real questions-he diverts to something else–he isn't upfront about his health –he's had skin cancer 4 x's – he's been against regulation until he has to change because deregulation which he loves has killed the U.S.

    I can't vote for this idiot–I'M for "THAT ONE"

    October 10, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. Biff Stiffley

    "McCain's desperate campaign. When convenient, he worked with lies about terrorist Bill Ayers. When discovered, he lied again. McCain. Desperate Campaign. Really Bad judgment."

    October 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Muckinello

    ENOUGH OF THIS MCCAIN, YOU ARE LOOSING ALSO THE LITTLE DIGNITY THAT YOU HAVE LEFT!

    October 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Palin is a Patriot Act

    Nice Try McCain. We KNOW the truth this time. Obama is clear and you are about to be sent packing.

    October 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Brian

    One car, one house, one spouse.
    He didn't run around on his wife.
    He didn't bomb innocent women and children.
    The 'terrorist' whom he 'worked' with on a board thirty years after the events had received the Citizen of the Year award, a respected professor at a university whose 'terrorism' amounted to overzealous opposition to a war John McCain supported.
    So how long do you refuse to work with someone who wants to do something good for the community?
    And why has John McCain agreed to continue conversations with the likes of self avowed racists in the Senate?
    This is just a distration

    October 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Deep

    these people are getting out of hand, deal with the policies i really don`t care what kind of smears a person i inflict on another, nobody in this world is perfect NOT YOU Mcain 18 year young wife hmmm and your talking like this

    October 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Grandma

    McBush needs to look at him and his VP's record . They wants to see American in war, and nothing else

    October 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. witch

    If any one has blind ambition it is John McCain. He will do anything to become the Pres just look how he is running his campaign. No honor no integrity.

    October 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. JT

    NOBODY CARES ABOUT AYERS, McCain.

    We care about our jobs. And you offer nothing new in that regard.

    October 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. sandee in Portland

    It just does not matter to me whether Obama has ties to Ayers or not. All politicians have ties to people they shouldn't. McCain has ties to Keating, Palin has ties to the separatist group. So which is the worst, Obama's tie to a Citizen of the Year, McCain's tie to a convicted criminal or Palin's tie to a group that hates the American government. It just doesn't matter. What does matter is who I think has the calm, rational judgement to lead our country out of the financial mess. So far, McCain's judgement seems to be lacking in all areas; how his campaign is run, his knee jerk reactions, his pick of VP. This continual bashing of the other candidate is turning me off entirely; this continuing inciting of his supporters makes him even more dangerous.

    October 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. OBAMA 4 President

    It will fail as a tactic as all McCain-Palin tactics have failed, in fact it will only cause more voters to flow to Obama, because it is a blatant effort to distract and distort again! It didin't work for Hillary, remember?

    Can't republicans come up with new ideas on how to win, are they so stupid as to believe Americans can't see through their lies.

    Why not give us a concrete plan for fixing the economy, etc. Oh I forgot you can't because you only know how to ruin the economy. and that Sarah Palin, even worse as a choice than Quayle! So daft!

    Enjoy your retirement McCain, its coming up soon!

    October 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. NEVER OBAMA

    Very sad. McCain is telling the truth and the liberal, country hating media will not report it.
    CNN is the biggest scum bucket of them all.

    October 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. C.K.

    Blind ambition- McCain graduated from the Naval Academy because he was an admirals son. McCain crashed not one, not two, but three aircrafts (ask anyone in the armed forces whether or not a "regular soldier" would have lost their wings). McCain became the Navy's liasion to the Senate because of daddy. When McCain wanted to run for Senate his WIFE bought him a house in AZ. I don't even have to go down the Keating road.

    Blind ambition? Look at the things Palin did to win the MAYOR'S race in AK. She painted her opponent as jewish because of his last name...claiming to be the only "Christian" running. The Alaskan Independence party was "Lucky" enough to have her speak at their event in 2008, and have her husband as a card carrying member. She's taken gifts, not reported the reimbursed money the AK government gave her for per diems, and cozied up to Senator Ted Stevens who is currently being prosecuted.

    This isn't the pot calling the kettle black this is a leopard accusing a tiger of having spots.

    October 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Voter

    Issues = 0

    He did come up with a "mortgage" and "401k" proposal... both are erratic and panic ideas... which is what we don't need right now.

    October 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Erica

    wow....mccain needs to study archaeology and go in search of his dignity. i believe it's buried somewhere in the ruins of his career.

    October 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Jeff, Texas

    I am ashamed to be a republican!

    October 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Gini

    McCain will do or say anything now. He is so desperate. Why don't you just give up. Your starting to look like a sore-loser.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. ajibola from ontario

    "McCain's blind ambition. When noticed he's a loser, he started unbelievable atacks on Obama...I got something to tell you McCain/Palin ticket, we dont care anymore and we are not ready to risk our future with you. You got few years to live man, GO AND SELL ONE OF YOUR HOUSES AND USE IT TO BUY RESPECT 'COS YOU HAVE NOTHING LEFT.

    October 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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