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McCain targets Ayers, Rezko and Bill Daley in "Chicago Way" spot

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Making a reference to the "Chicago Way," the Republican National Committee links together Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers and William Daley in a new overheated negative spot released Friday to run in Wisconsin and Indiana, battlegrounds adjacent to Illinois.

The McCain team continues to focus on Barack Obama's associations as the world economy is sinking and the Dow is plunging again.

The spot takes a parochial approach--pumping up presumed anti-Chicago sentiment in the Hoosier and Badger states.

Analysis:

Voice over: The Chicago Way. Shady politics. That's Barack Obama's training.

My comment: The McCain camp is trying to make Obama into yet another hack Chicago alderman. Unless you're talking about deep dish pizza, saying something is "The Chicago Way" is not a compliment. Actually Obama's political roots in Chicago are related to the Democratic faction aligned with the late Mayor Harold Washington--not the Daley family. It was later in Obama's political life that he formed important alliances with the Daley faction; his top strategist, David Axelrod, is Mayor Daley's top advisor and his counselor-at-large in the presidential campaign is Valerie Jarrett, who comes out of the Daley City Hall--as does Michelle Obama, who worked for Jarrett.

Voice over: His teachers? Tony Rezko: Convicted of corruption, money laundering, aiding and abetting bribery. Rezko got Obama in on a shady land deal.

My comment: The timeline is wrong. Obama's "boneheaded" move to involve Rezko in the purchase of his home--Rezko's wife buying the adjoining lot--came years before Rezko's conviction. Rezko was not even indicted at the time Obama bought the house--though Rezko was under investigation.

Voice over: William Daley: Heir to the Chicago machine. A top Obama advisor.

My comment: It's dirty to drag William Daley into this spot with two other men accused of criminal behavior. This is the second time the McCain team has used William Daley, Mayor Daley's brother, who is the actual "heir" to the "Chicago machine," or what is left of it. It is true that Daley is a top advisor.

And William Ayers: Leader of a terrorist group that bombed the U.S. Capitol. Obama's first campaign was launched at a gathering at Mr. Ayers's home.

My comment: This line suggest that Ayers was critical to Obama's political career. He was not. Getting the early backing of then state Sen. Alice Palmer was more important, because that got him entree with local powerbrokers. Obama and Palmer would go on to have a falling out that lasts until this day.

Palmer decided to run for re-election; Obama would not drop out; Obama challenged the signatures on her nominating petitions and knocked Palmer--and all his opponents off the ballot, letting him claim a state senate seat without a fight.

Now that's the Chicago Way.

Release from the RNC....

RNC Launches New Ad: "Chicago Way"

WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee (RNC) today launched a new ad: "Chicago Way." The ad calls attention to Barack Obama's questionable ties to individuals such as convicted felon Tony Rezko, unrepentant terrorist William Ayers, and heir to the Chicago machine William Daley.

The ad will run in major markets in Indiana and Wisconsin.

AD TEXT:

VO: The Chicago Way. Shady politics. That's Barack Obama's training.

His teachers?

Tony Rezko: Convicted of corruption, money laundering, aiding and abetting bribery. Rezko got Obama in on a shady land deal.

William Daley: Heir to the Chicago machine. A top Obama advisor.

And William Ayers: Leader of a terrorist group that bombed the U.S. Capitol. Obama's first campaign was launched at a gathering at Mr. Ayers's home.

There's more you need to know...

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how can someone who hates this country can care about our economy! do you really thing that terrorists like ayers cares or Osama bin laden care about our country!!

Given the conduct of the McCain-Palin campaign, I guess it's time to confess my ties to domestic terrorism before someone runs an ad about me, or worse yet, hustle me off to Guantanamo Bay and throw away the key.

My ties to former Weatherman radical Bill Ayers are almost as strong as presidential candidate Barack Obama's.

My father, Bill Eggleston, worked for many years for Ayers' father, Thomas G. Ayers, who was CEO of Commonwealth Edison Co. They didn't work closely together, but they worked in the same Loop neighborhood. They undoubtedly greeted each other in the elevators in the Edison Building. They may even have talked about their children, who were nearly the same age.

At the time, of course, no one could have known that Bill Ayers would grow up to marry Bernardine Dohrn and join the radical movement, and much later become Barack Obama's neighbor and an advocate for public education, a dangerous radical concept.

Worse yet, Bill Ayers is now a professor at the University of Illinois Chicago Circle, a dangerous radical institution.

During the 1960s, I admit that I had dangerous radical thoughts. I thought the war in Vietnam was wrong and the guy in the White House was a dangerous crook. Today, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have persuaded me to join the American Civil Liberties Union, and I'm a card-carrying member.

People who want to take my constitution away from me will have to pry the parchment from my cold, dead hands.

I was never convicted of anything, though.

Neither was Bill Ayers, though that doesn't make any difference in the context of a political smear campaign. I don't know what evidence the feds had against him, but I know it was obtained through illegal wiretapping. This was long before Congress passed the USA Patriot Act, and illegal wiretapping became legal.

Like Bill Ayers, I've been rehabilitated by the passage of time. As the Phil Ochs song proclaimed, "I believe in God and Senator Dodd and keepin' ol' Castro down." Bill Ayers may feel the same.

But by the standards of attack politics, he is still fair game. By the standards of guilt by association, he and I and Barack Obama are guilty. A campaign that has seen attacks on Barack Obama because of statements by his former minister can surely stoop low enough as to attack the man based on who lives in his neighborhood.

I wonder who lives in John McCain's neighborhood. Or, rather, his seven neighborhoods.

I am disgusted by the media's reckless attitude in biased coverage of these important stories. Instead of investigative reporting it's all spin.
Why are you questioning the 'McCain camp' motive as the lead in to your article instead of the veracity of the allegations and the implications if they are true. The media is blind in there placid allegiance to this democratic 'messiah'.
Gone are the days of real coverage and journalistic integrity, real reporting has ceased. Conveyance of truth has been replaced with biased propagation of the left-wing agenda. It's all about the 'spin' and sensationalization of actual events. Not only does it sicken me, it makes me fearful of the long-term implications of such irresponsible coverage.

John McCain has has fewer neighborhoods than John Kerry.

Obama should tell the truth- Why did he open his campaign at the home of Bill Ayers? 2001 wasn't 40 years ago yet that is when ayers said he would not apologize for the bombings and he wished he had done more.

What is Obama's relationship with ACORN?

Rev. Wright- Please don't tell me that in 20 years he did not hear Wiright's Anti American garbage.

Rich, maybe you find it acceptable that Bill Ayers is unapologetic about bombing iconic American institutions.

However, maybe of the rest of us would refuse to associate with an unrepentant domestic terrorist. We're different from you. Unrepentant domestic terrorists don't bother you. So be it.

(And, of course, just fyi, many of us would not clap and cheer if our pastor screamed, "God DAMN America!" from the pulpit either. I'm guessing you would proudly be part of that congregation... just as Obama once was.)

Yes, we all make mistakes -- but most of us eventually own up to being horribly, horribly wrong.

We just want to know the truth about this association. The moment it came up, Obama tossed out the Keating Five card. You know -- where McCain was investigated and CLEARED of all charges, but the DEMOCRATS involved were the ones who actually were charged.

Why did Obama have that reaction to questions about Ayers?
Why did he immediately drag out Keating into the campaign, if this is such a low road to go down?

No, Barack Obama wants to have it both ways. He wants to toss out Keating and see if it staicks. when it didn't, he whined that he was being picked on. Gag.

He wants to get away with hinting that the Clintons are racists, but then tries to distract people by whining about "dirty politics" when his own "bone-headed" judgments are analyzed.

Your analogy is a joke; you need to understand what critical thinking is:

Your dad and Bill Ayer's dad knowing each other is vastly different from an unrepentant domestic terrorist seeming to have a stake in Barack Obama becoming President.

BHO should just answer the questions. What does he have to hide?

When did he find out that his political career was launched in the home of an unrepentant domestic terrorist?

In response to Rich:

The only concept that crosses me as radical and dangerous is the fact that people will defend a man that is proven, whether legally or illegally, but proven all the same, to have been a part of homeland terrorism. Innocent people hurt because of the political standing of another. The only people smiling when a criminal goes free because of loop holes and technicalities are the criminals.

As far as the good reverend goes, one would have to think that he has held his views of America longer than Mr. Obama has been running for office. Where I grew up, the pastor is considered a role model, and a person attends that particular church because the same views are shared.

While you might have HAD radical thoughts during the 60's, you didn't act upon them violently, which makes a huge difference. You didn't cross the line from American to terrorist.

Before you cast this off as the rant of a mad Republican, understand that I am an Independent, not a Republican or a Democrat. I am happy with niether Mccain or Obama. Each has been as untruthful to the American public as the other. My dream candidate will be the American that can campaign and tell me exactly what he/she can do for America without having to downgrade the other to make themselves look better.

McCain Plans Federal Health Cuts
Medicare, Medicaid Spending Would Be Reduced to Offset Proposed Tax Credit

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122315505846605217.html?mod=special_page_campaign2008_mostpop

John McCain would pay for his health plan with major reductions to Medicare and Medicaid, a top aide said, in a move that independent analysts estimate could result in cuts of $1.3 trillion over 10 years to the government programs.

The Republican presidential nominee has said little about the proposed cuts, but they are needed to keep his health-care plan "budget neutral," as he has promised. The McCain campaign hasn't given a specific figure for the cuts, but didn't dispute the analysts' estimate.

In the months since Sen. McCain introduced his health plan, statements made by his campaign have implied that the new tax credits he is proposing to help Americans buy health insurance would be paid for with other tax increases.

But Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Sen. McCain's senior policy adviser, said Sunday that the campaign has always planned to fund the tax credits, in part, with savings from Medicare and Medicaid. Those government health-care programs serve seniors, poor families and the disabled. Medicare spending for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30 is estimated at $457.5 billion.

Mr. Holtz-Eakin said the Medicare and Medicaid changes would improve the programs and eliminate fraud, but he didn't detail where the cuts would come from. "It's about giving them the benefit package that has been promised to them by law at lower cost," he said.

Both Sen. McCain and his Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama, have recently sought to refocus on health care. The issue once ranked at the top of voters' domestic concerns, but has in recent months been eclipsed by energy and the economy.

Sen. McCain charges that the Obama plan, which would create a government-run marketplace in which people could buy coverage, would lead to government-run health care. Sen. Obama charges that Sen. McCain's plan would leave many people unable to get insurance.

Sen. Obama's campaign turned up the volume in a major push on health care over the weekend with two days of attacks from the stump, four new television advertisements, a series of health-care events across the country and fliers to voters' homes in swing states.

Sen. Obama is focused on Sen. McCain's plan to offer a new tax credit of $2,500 per person and $5,000 per family toward insurance premiums. This would allow people to buy health coverage on the open market, where they may have more choices and might look for a better bargain.

In exchange, the government would begin taxing the value of health benefits people get through work. If an employer spends $10,000 to buy a worker health insurance, the worker would pay taxes on that money.

"It's a shell game," Sen. Obama told an outdoor rally of 28,000 people Sunday in Asheville, N.C. "Sen. McCain gives you a tax credit with one hand -- but raises your taxes with the other."

Sen. McCain's plan actually would lower taxes for most people. But that means the plan wouldn't pay for itself, because it cuts certain taxes more than it raises others.

The federal government imposes two taxes on wages, generally: an income tax, which funds the government's general operations, and the payroll tax, paid for by employers and employees, which funds Social Security and Medicare. If Sen. McCain were to apply both of these to the value of health benefits, he could fully pay for his new tax credits. That is what aides have in the past suggested he would do.

In April, when Sen. McCain gave a major speech about his health plan, Mr. Holtz-Eakin, the senior policy adviser, said the tax provisions alone were budget neutral -- meaning that health benefits would have to be subject to both income and payroll taxes.

Campaign officials have regularly implied since then that the tax plan was a wash. In the vice-presidential debate last week, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin described Sen. McCain's proposed tax credits and said: "That's budget neutral. That doesn't cost the government anything, as opposed to Barack Obama's plan to mandate health-care coverage and have this universal, government-run program."

Mr. Holtz-Eakin said the campaign never intended to apply the payroll tax to health benefits. That means that most people would see a net tax cut, contrary to Sen. Obama's assertions. Only those with very rich benefits packages are likely to see a net increase in taxes. But it also means that Sen. McCain must fill a huge budget hole -- which the campaign says will come from cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, a Washington think tank, estimates that the McCain plan would cost the government $1.3 trillion over 10 years. The plan would allow as many as five million more people to have insurance, it estimates.

Mr. Holtz-Eakin said the plan is accurately described as budget neutral because it assumes enough savings in Medicare and Medicaid spending to make up the difference. He said the savings would come from eliminating Medicare fraud and by reforming payment policies to lower the overall cost of care. He said the new tax credits will help some low-income people avoid joining Medicaid. The campaign also proposes increasing Medicare premiums for wealthier seniors.

Sen. Obama also would rely on some Medicare savings to pay for his health-care plan, which would offer subsidies to help consumers pay for premiums. The Tax Policy Center estimates that his plan would cost $1.6 trillion over 10 years and cover 34 million more people.

For all the hype, I have yet to hear how Obama plans on fixing things. His track record is an empty shell, jobs taken as if to fill a resume for a later job---President perhaps? How he could vote "present" over 120 times and still claim to "represent his constituentcy" is a joke.

If I went to work and was asked my opinion on something (such as his votes were) and said "present", I'd be out on my butt--not looking for the top spot in the company.

This is a critical time in our country's history; what happens next could affect a lot of the future of our country and our position in the world. It is NOT time to find out, on the job, what Obama is all about. While McCain is no Reagan, he certainly is a known quantity with global experience, not naive enough to think he can talk nuclear weapons out of the hands of dictators.

For all the hype, I have yet to hear how Obama plans on fixing things. His track record is an empty shell, jobs taken as if to fill a resume for a later job---President perhaps? How he could vote "present" over 120 times and still claim to "represent his constituentcy" is a joke.

If I went to work and was asked my opinion on something (such as his votes were) and said "present", I'd be out on my butt--not looking for the top spot in the company.

This is a critical time in our country's history; what happens next could affect a lot of the future of our country and our position in the world. It is NOT time to find out, on the job, what Obama is all about. While McCain is no Reagan, he certainly is a known quantity with global experience, not naive enough to think he can talk nuclear weapons out of the hands of dictators.

For all the hype, I have yet to hear how Obama plans on fixing things. His track record is an empty shell, jobs taken as if to fill a resume for a later job---President perhaps? How he could vote "present" over 120 times and still claim to "represent his constituentcy" is a joke.

If I went to work and was asked my opinion on something (such as his votes were) and said "present", I'd be out on my butt--not looking for the top spot in the company.

This is a critical time in our country's history; what happens next could affect a lot of the future of our country and our position in the world. It is NOT time to find out, on the job, what Obama is all about. While McCain is no Reagan, he certainly is a known quantity with global experience, not naive enough to think he can talk nuclear weapons out of the hands of dictators.

How can anyone hold Bill Ayers responsible for what happened 40 years ago, which the charges were dismissed. This country is suppose to be about rehabilition of 'criminals'. If becoming a professor at a University isn't being rehabilitated, what Is? I was very undecided who to vote for, thankfully McClain and his co-hort animal killer made my mind up for me...OBAMA!

The country is going down the tube and no one is analyzing the policies of the candidates.

I guess electing George Bush to two terms is indicative of the dummming down of the American populate.

P.S. Just because someone criticizes the country does not make them anti-American.

Shame. Shame.

NE

McCain was correct in waiting with the Ayres card, but who stirred up ACORN?

If Bill would turn in his brother Little Richie I would have some respect for the man but he comes from a family of crooked politians. 46 conviction from Fitgerald in this Daley administration and counting. GO PAT!

Am I the only person who is totally fed-up with this pre-election? I agree with Rich Eggleston above. I was friends with a guy who robbed a bank and killed a person on the street trying to get away. He was a black thief. On some people's thoughts I would be guilty by association. Probably black also. In my opinion, we are having to listen to a babbling old man and a mis-informed cheer leader who couldn't lead cub scouts in the pledge to the new Alaskan country. She gave the keynote address in March? Aww come-on! Enough already! does the bible not say He without sin throw the first stone? If all the news media, time after time calls the mcCain messages as false and unproven, is the RNC deak, blind and dumb, or is it don't confuse me with facts, I have made up my mind.

This is great!

It is all graphics and visuals with no facts.

I like the drama because it is so Madison Avenue and Hollywood.

But in the end it is transparent.

The utter ridiculousness of this should be apparent to anyone with a high school education.
McCain is a desperate man whose anxiety has unleashed his darkest thoughts and impulses.
William Ayers was a political radical, but, by any modern definition, at least, not a "terrorist."
"Terrorism" suggests the killing of innocents to further a political aim. William Ayers never killed anyone. He never plotted to kill anyone.
Tony Rezko may be a scumbag. But until he was formally indicted, only people who were personally close to him would have been able to judge his character. And there are plenty of bonafide scumbags who are married to perfectly nice people. There is nothing in Barack Obama's history to indicate that he had ongoing business dealings with Tony Rezko. And Rezko was not indicted until long after Obama had dealings with him.
John McCain, on the other hand, has a long history of relationships with known scumbags. Charles Keating, John Hagee, John Singlaub, etc. None of these men can reasonably be called "terrorists," either, but they are most certainly scumbags. And Sarah Palin, with her abuses of power, her outright lies, her close ties to violent secessionists and to an overtly anti-semitic, arguably lunatic Thomas Muthee, is, herself, a scumbag.
Advantage=Obama. By a mile.

these ads are ridiculous. and anyone who believes them is ridiculous. this is political propaganda that is trying to incite fear of obama. mccain/palin are desperate. i would hope most americans are too smart for this kind of campaigning.

Tom, Perhaps the reason you "haven't heard" Obama's plans to help right our national ship is because you haven't bothered to look.

Go to his website, click on the Issues link.

Pretty simple and easy, and both candidates have the info on their sites.

Or maybe you work for the GOP's ad-makers and have an aversion to facts. ;)

I swear you people who support Obama live in fantasy land. This man has repeatedly lied about Wright,Ayers and now Acorn. Boy what a democracy. He is stealing the election the same way how he had stolen it away from Hillary. I wonder how many times my id has been taken and that of my family?

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