The McCain campaign must have some polling on this that shows Americans are seriously concerned about Obama’s relationship with a domestic terrorist because now the campaign is going head long into the subject. It’s a damning ad, which is 1:40 long, indicating that it’s an internet ad only. Ed Morrissey speculates that the campaign may buy 90 second slots in battleground states since it ends with the standard broadcast announcement of “I approve this message.”
Here’s the text:
ANNCR: Barack Obama and domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. Friends. They’ve worked together for years.
But Obama tries to hide it. Why?
Obama launched his political career in Ayers’ living room.
Ayers and Obama ran a radical “education” foundation, together.
They wrote the foundation’s by-laws, together.
Obama was the foundation’s first chairman.
Reports say they, “distributed more than $100 million to ideological allies with no discernible improvement in education.”
When their relationship became an issue, Obama just responded, “This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood.”
We know Bill Ayers ran the “violent left wing activist group” called Weather Underground.
We know Ayers’ wife was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list.
We know they bombed the Capitol. The Pentagon. A judge’s home.
We know Ayers said, “I don’t regret setting bombs. …. I feel we didn’t do enough.”
But Obama’s friendship with terrorist Ayers isn’t the issue.
The issue is Barack Obama’s judgment and candor.
When Obama just says, “This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood.”
Americans say, “Where’s the truth, Barack?”
Barack Obama. Too risky for America.
JOHN MCCAIN: I’m John McCain and I approve this message.
Yesterday, the McCain campaign issued a press release about John Murtagh, who was 9 years old when members of Ayers’ Weather Underground firebombed his house. This is how Murtagh described it:
“When I was 9 years-old the Weather Underground, the terrorist group founded by Barack Obama’s friend William Ayers, firebombed my house. Barack Obama has dismissed concerns about his relationship with Ayers by noting that he was only a child when Ayers was planting bombs at the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. But Ayers has never apologized for his crimes, he has reveled in them, expressing regret only for the fact that he didn’t do more.
“While Barack Obama once downplayed his relationship with Ayers, today his campaign took that deceit one step further. Barack Obama now denies he was even aware of his friend’s violent past when, in 1995, Ayers hosted a party launching Obama’s political career. Given Ayers’ celebrity status among the left, it’s difficult to believe. The question remains: what did Obama know, and when did he know it? When did Obama learn the truth about his friend? Barack Obama helped Ayers promote his book in 1997, served on charitable boards with him through 2002, and regularly exchanged emails and phone calls with him through 2005. At what point did Barack Obama discover that his friend was an unrepentant terrorist? And if he is so repulsed by the acts of terror committed by William Ayers, why did the relationship continue? Any honest accounting by Barack Obama will necessarily cast further doubt on his judgment and his fitness to serve as commander in chief.
“Barack Obama may have been a child when William Ayers was plotting attacks against U.S. targets — but I was one of those targets. Barack Obama’s friend tried to kill my family.”
The background story:
At that time, Murtagh’s father was a New York State Supreme Court justice presiding over the trial of the so-called “Panther 21,” members of the Black Panther Party indicted in a plot to bomb New York landmarks and department stores. Early on the morning of February 21, 1970, three gasoline-filled firebombs exploded at their home on the northern tip of Manhattan, two at the front door and the third tucked neatly under the gas tank of the family car. The same night, bombs were thrown at a police car in Manhattan and two military recruiting stations in Brooklyn. A few weeks after the attack, the New York contingent of the Weathermen blew themselves up making more bombs in a Greenwich Village townhouse. In late November that year, a letter to the Associated Press signed by Bernardine Dohrn, Ayers’s wife, promised more bombings.