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. WI Voter

    This is all the republican campaign can come up with? This is their ballyhooed "October Surprise"? This is what they are counting on to deliver them the White House?


    October 10, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. megan

    If by "Country First" McCain means being deceitful and lying to the american public, well then he's doing a fabulous job!

    Doesn't he read the blogs?...people don't wanna hear this mularky...Oh wait, he doesn't know how to use the computer.

    October 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. From Canada

    McCain – You need to take a deep breath and see what you're doing. When all of it is over, you will be lesser than what you started with. President , no way, maverick no more and less honorable for sure.

    October 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Walter, FL

    the day will come where McCain will apologize to the nation and say that he is deeply sorry for what he did

    October 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Gigi

    This negative campaigning from the McCain camp is not helping our country as we brace tough economic times. If they have nothing to say about how they plan to help this country, they should say nothing. Enuf already!

    October 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. CMJ

    Blind ambition is John McCain's new motto. Didn't he write in one of his books something like "I wasn't running for President out of a sense of patriotism...In truth it had become my ambition to do so"?

    October 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. AppleinAZ

    This just goes to show you what type of person McCain is, this country is in trouble and he is worried about that crap!

    October 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Beth from Virginia

    Every new ad by McCain is worse than the one before it. Has any recent ad by the Republican candidate said ANYTHING about the issues? Has any recent ad by the Republican candidate offered any helpful proposals for how he's going to lead this country? I'm completely disgusted by it all. Palin isn't giving campaign speeches – she's inciting the crowds to riot. This has GOT to stop!

    October 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. SPT NYC

    Why are McCain/Palin not actively disavowing the extremists at their rallies who are shouting things like "kill them!" at their rallies (i.e., would-be domestic terrorists)? Are they OK with their campaign events playing like a bonus scene from "Truimph of the Will"? Is the Secret Service investigating these people? If not, why not?

    October 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Roger

    The only question is how much lower can McCain/Palin sink? Talk about bottom feeders!!! We need to have this election over with as soon as possible so we no longer have to listen to the insane ramblings of these two pretenders! John, you were once a man of honor and dignity. What happened? We are in a new age, we are in a new time – the policies of Bush and the Republican party have FAILED!!! It is time for new leadership, new vision and a new start. The Republican party needs to regroup and rethink what they have done and what they can do to resurect themseleves from the ash heap they have created.

    Obama/Biden for America!!!

    October 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Rocky

    Have to repeat it:

    It's the economy, you fear-mongering idiots.

    October 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Jen

    What happened to running a clean campaign ? Guess that shows his promises don't stay around long.

    October 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. I didn't drink the Kool-aid

    Another 200 fake voter registrations from Acorn in Indiana. More Chicago style politics from the great obama. There's change we can believe in.

    STOP DRINKING THE KOOL-AID AMERICA! Wake up before it's to late to save our country from this terrorists fool.

    October 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Brian

    Regarding William Ayers, John McCain’s accusations against Sen. Obama and his questioning Obama’ judgment are pretty unbelievable, considering that Senator McCain actually had a rebuke from the senate for “Poor Judgment” (That’s a QUOTE, folks) in the Keating Five investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee. By any definition, the factual consequences and results of Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers was helping raise funds for education as part of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

    By contrast, the consequences of McCain’s relationship with Keating resulted in a $124.6 billion bill, which was directly paid for by the U.S. taxpayer. And let’s not forget Sarah Palin is currently under investigation back in Alaska for abuse of office as Governor. Yet these are the two pointing the fingers – pretty amazing McCain and Palin would even go there, considering their own problems with judgment and character.

    October 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Ari

    I believe that it was McBush pushing for deregulation of EVERYTHING. Plus, Ayers was never convicted of anything. McCain, you are going down.

    October 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |

    Mc Song Bird

    October 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. America's Down Fall

    Now since Sarah Palin wants to talk about issues people are interested in, ie "Who is Barack Obama?"

    I think this should open up talks about, Who is Sarah Palin? Lets hear more about her pregnant daughter (how is she doing?) Troppergate scandal, her religious beliefs etc. I dont know why Obama's campaign is not attacking her on these issues.

    Race aside if you are an American and you love your country. You care about the future of this country, Obama is the better representative. We have to understand that we are living in a global economy, America's role as a leader has change.

    Other countries have emerged as global players over the years, and they also want a piece of this sphere.

    October 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. sue

    McCain secretly worked with anti-semites between 1981 and 1986 and Palin husband was a member of the terrorist Alaska Party – now who is the real McCain? And who is the real Palin?

    October 10, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Bill

    Who is John McCain? Tell us about how Charles Keating flew you your wife and family to his private house in the Bahamas several times. Explain till death do us part on papers addressed to you with your name on it. Explain your connections with a convicted felon G Gordon Liddy who has donated to your campaign, held fundraisers for you at his home, you on his radio show when he was telling people how to shoot FBI and ATF agents. Tell us how you lived with a drug addict that stole from a charity. How her father a convicted felon with Mafia ties what was your judgement going into that situation. How does the American people know that you are not brainwashed from your years as a POW? America needs to know and want to know, how can we trust John McCain, his judgement is questionable

    October 10, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Just like Dodd, Biden, Pelosi and Oblahblah – All have littered the American lanscape with thier "Self-Serving" special interest's corruption and left to the center S

    October 10, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. M. WINNERS

    Off the subject just a tad but relevant:

    McCain/Palin hold lynch mob (aka campaign stop) – Can you smell the tar boiling and see the feather pillows waiving?

    McCain/Palin – McCarthyism for the 21st century...

    October 10, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |


    October 10, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Republican Voting OBAMA

    This is the Dumbest that they have come out with.

    Go away McSane

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 10, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Daniel

    To borrow from Shakespeare...

    Yet McCain says he is ambitious;
    And McCain is an honorable man.

    Used to be, anyway...

    October 10, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. Dave

    This McCain Campaign is getting really disturbing in their level of anger and personal attacks toward Barack Obama. Talk about un-presidential!

    But what is more disturbing than the ads is the rallies, where McCain supporters are being encouraged to yell epithets, threats or treason and terrorism, and other frantic and angry outbursts.

    John McCain and Sarah Palin, why are you trying to bring out the worst in people? Certainly that is not the kind of "leadership" you are trying to sell us?

    October 10, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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