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. Dave in Illinois

    How about adding in the voter registration fraud being commited on Obama's behalf by ACORN. The latest report is that, with the registrations they've turned in, 105% of Indianapolis' eligible citizens have registered to vote. Those include many with the name of Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Jimmy Jones, a sandwich chain and hundreds od them live at the same address.

    October 10, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Betty

    I'm convinced part of our economic issues are due to the war we couldn't afford. McCain let's not talk about judgment okay? I'm not convinced the surge worked. Could things have been on their way to stablizing anyway?

    The judgment to send our young men and women to a war we should never have been in far outweights acquaintances.

    If you really believed that Ayers is an issue why did you wait so long to bring it up? Judgment? It's not like we didn't all know about it. Senator McCain, your judgment became an issue with me when you made the decision to stand with Bush.

    October 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Derek from Louisiana

    And I thought McCain couldn't go any lower. I also am amazed at McCain again not addressing Obama directly. Instead he sought to disrespect the whole Chicago, IL delegation and the constituencies of Chicago by saying, he would never seek the advice of a Chicago politician. NEWSFLASH DUMMY!!!! You're not running against the rest of Chicago. You're running against one man. Your math is still fuzzy. You seem like a fighter on the ropes. One punch. "You're dizzy, it's getting dark, and the lights are about to go out. Ding, Ding, Ding!!! You just got TKO'd.

    October 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Brigit

    McSame has run out of bullets & is throwing the gun.

    It is McSame that was supporting deregulation all along that helped get us into this mess, along with Bush policies, which he supported the majority of the time.

    It is McSame that is blindly thrashing around in a rage, inciting his crowd, acting erratic, making personal attacks rather than address the issues. He has already acknowledged that if he focuses on the economy, he will lose, therefore, what else has he got? Caribou Barbie has already lost her appeal & people are seeing her for what she is...an unqualified pretty face.

    He wants to make Obama seem oooooo, so scary. Oh please, let's get away from the fear mongering. We see where that has gotten us since the last election.

    October 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Vincent, Great Lakes, Illinois

    The mud-slinging innuendos have been the final straw for me, and the fact that Palin delivers many of them with a coy little smile reminds me of the “nasty girls” in high school who smiled as they stabbed people in the back laughing about them as they did it.

    I am smart enough to research and see through the B.S. I want to focus on the issues that will affect me and my children’s future. I don’t need “homeland terrorist techniques” to try to swing my vote through fear mongering.about another candidate.

    McCain should be ashamed of himself on how he has run this campaign. A true “hero” would rise against the fray and present himself accordingly. Taking the “high road” my friends, is Presidential, taking the “low road” is not.

    October 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Moe, NY

    McCain is the one with bad judgment. He is the one that told us our economy was stable and then it bottomed out approximately 2 hours after his statement. As far as I am concerned, he is the one with "blind ambition". His campaign smear tactics are horrible and, by the way, are not working. I think questions should be raised about McCain's past and present. He and Palin continue their smear campaign as if their past and present are lily white, and we all know that is not true. Our country needs change not more of the same, and I believe that change will come with Obama.

    October 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. alex

    I agree with Carolyn who is the ral John McCain ? Everyday its something diffrent. He is liek a soap opera. Very sad

    October 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |

    John McCain's strategy . .
    I can't tell you any good reasons to vote for me so I'll try to convince you not to vote for "that one".

    October 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Don't censor me – this is on blogs on several other sites. I'm tired of you censoring my posts.

    Barbara – 65 yr old white female in NC October 10th, 2008 11:04 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    This is all over the internet:
    "Obama has been justly criticized for his ties to former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers, who in 1995 hosted a campaign event for Obama and in 2001 gave him a $200 contribution. The two have also served together on the board of a foundation. When their connection became known, McCain minced no words: "I think not only a repudiation but an apology for ever having anything to do with an unrepentant terrorist is due the American people."

    What McCain didn't mention is that he has his own Bill Ayers—in the form of G. Gordon Liddy. Now a conservative radio talk show host, Liddy spent more than four years in prison for his role in the 1972 Watergate burglary. That was just one element of what Liddy did, and proposed to do, in a secret White House effort to subvert the Constitution. Far from repudiating him, McCain has embraced him.

    How close are McCain and Liddy? At least as close as Obama and Ayers appear to be. In 1998, Liddy's home was the site of a McCain fundraiser. Over the years, he has made at least four contributions totaling $5,000 to the senator's campaigns—including $1,000 this year."

    October 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. facts are facts

    It is now official John McCain has completely lost his mind. What sad old man without a trace of decency. He should get some advice with all the hatred he is stirring up as it is not only dangerous to Obama and America as a whole but sometimes a nut from the other side might point the gun at him.

    October 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Wall Street lost 350 points plus today and counting today Senator McCain. 10 billion being spent a week in Iraq Senator McCain. Record foreclosures Senator McCain. Climbing unemployment Senator McCain. The clock's ticking. The woman losing her home in Indiana, the factory worker losing his job in Ohio, the person closing down their business in Virginia don't want to discuss Mr. Ayers Senator McCain. Why do you?

    Erratic, out of touch...who is the real John McCain?

    October 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Stacy (PA)

    McCain!!! This is getting ridiculous!! Give it a break.

    Is this really the best you can do? This is why Obama is kicking your butt in the polls. Try something new. Who in their righ mind would want someone as out of control as you leading our natjon?

    You are no maverick!

    October 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. John S

    Keep digging the hole deeper and deeper John. Americans are fed up with your lies and B.S. mistortions. All they care about is how your country is going to get out of this mess and you are definately not the person to do that. You are way to concerned about getting to be president instead of taking care of the American public. I am a Canadian and I can see pretty clear when it comes to the problems in your country. And one of the biggest problems is you John,you and all your rich CEO's and Oil rich buddies you helped rob the American people for the last 8 years.. Not this time McCain. Americans are too smart for you this time around. Go back to your buddy Bush. A maverick you are not, since all you ever been in your entire political career is a George Bush ""SIDEKICK.""

    October 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Illinois Blue Dog

    Hello pot? I'm kettle. Did someone forget to tell McCain that he, like Obama, is also running for president? Last time I checked, you need to be pretty ambitious to run for the highest office in the land. What an idiot. I heard in his next add, McCain is gonna tell Obama to "get off my lawn."

    October 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Blair Georgia

    with all the facts coming out about obama the latest being how while we are at war with Iraq talked to them trying to get them Not to sign anything until after the election. This is an act of treason. He should be arrested and tried for treason against the united states. Even if you do not believe in the war you don't talk to the country we are at war with and suggest anything like he has done.

    October 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. zach

    I completely 100% agree with John McCain's ad! Barack Obama is driven by nothing more than pure, evil ambition!!!
    For example, who was it that decided to sacrafice the decency of his campaign just to whip his base into a frenzy, for the sake of a few votes!?!?
    Who decided to elicit death threats from his crowds towards the other candidate just for the sake of an electoral victory?!!?

    ...oh wait.

    October 10, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Greg

    DESPARATION is soooooooo ugly!

    October 10, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. PlJones

    When is all this negative trash going to end?

    It won't be Obama we will need to concern our selves with, it will be all the angry, racist people, whom John and Sarah are stirring up, and becoming erratic, and unstable.

    Those will be the threats we will need to concern ourselves with if this hatered that Mccain, and Palin, and some of those in the media, don't stop immediately, before it gets worse.

    It has now gone to far, and it needs to stop..Plezzze!!!

    October 10, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |

    McCain new IRA plan alittle self serving don't you think?? Way to look at the big picture, people YOUR age!!!

    October 10, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. John in VA

    This is going down as the most 1-sided victory since 1984, and you have nobody to blame but yourself, McCain. How about instead of tying Obama to events that happened when he was a child you actally tell us how you are going to fix this country? I supported you over Bush in 2000, but I would never give you the time of day in 2008.

    Second, all you right-wing evangelicals need to pick up your bibles and turn to the section on forgiveness. So what if Ayers was a member of Weather Underground? He made amends and is now working to make this country a better place by using diplomacy instead of violence. Doesn't he deserve forgiveness? Also, so what if Obama did marijuana and cocaine as a teenager. He learned from his mistake and is a better man for it. Doesn't he deserve forgiveness? There are no asterisks in the bible.

    October 10, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. maggie reed

    What an utterly rediculous statement to be made- that congressional liberals favored the deregulation of wall street and the housing market. Take your lies and flush them Mr. McCain, or you will never see the white house. Americans are tired of clear lies, and we are smart enough to know that less regulation is desired by big business, and republicans seem to like to hop right into bed with big business...logic prevailing, we are compelled to the knowledge that this string of ads are not only lies, but a direct insult to the intelligence of the American People.

    October 10, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Unshrub

    The economy is going into the crapper and McCain wants to argue about something that never happened. McCain's claim about Ayers and Obama is just a figment of McCain's imagination. He's desperate and he keeps throwing mud in hopes that something will stick. It appears that all McCain has going for him is that mud. It's sad, but what is even sadder is how many republicans agree with him, and what is even worse than that, are those nuts that that get into a frenzy when Palin spreads those lies.

    McCain: Stop destroying our election process and go back to telling the truth.

    October 10, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Wally© Belgium

    This campaign of fear tactics and outright lies is not only getting dirtier as each days goed by...

    This is getting OUTRIGHT DANGEROUS !!!!

    It looks like...correction...I'm sure McCain has now been delt a devil's hand and he's laying all of his hideous cards on the table...

    I sincerely hope that I'm wrong...but something tells me that someone is gonna get hurt here...real bad !!!!!

    October 10, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Filipina

    McSame is this all you have got? Weak arguments.


    October 10, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. A recovering Republican

    So far, this is nothing new. The NY times, that Palin loves to brag about finally reading, even said as much. It is the desperate tactic of a desperate campaign that is losing because it has not leadershiop potential. Unfortunately, such crap can gain traction with a public that doesn't think and doesn't bother to inform itself. It it works, we will never have a campaign again on the issues.

    10 years sober

    October 10, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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