McCain Camp Ups Ayers Attacks


John McCain and his campaign team are keeping up the attacks against Barack Obama.

The Republican presidential candidate and his running mate, Sarah Palin, sat down with Fox News’ Sean Hannity last night to again raise the specter of “domestic terrorist” William Ayers, the Obama acquaintance who remains unapologetic for his involvement in 60s radical group Weather Underground.

…When Hannity raised questions about Obama’s association with William Ayers, McCain suggested that Obama was not being forthright in explaining the nature of their relationship.

The Republican presidential nominee defended his campaign’s recent focus on Ayers by saying that voters “should care about Senator Obama’s truthfulness.”

Palin also suggested that Obama hasn’t been clear about his involvement with Ayers and questioned his campaign’s “flip-flop” tactics on the matter: “We’ve heard so many confliction stories, and flip-flop answers about when he knew the guy, did he realize that he knocked off his political career in the guy’s living room?”

Despite outcry from press and the Democrats, the McCain camp took the Ayers attacks one step further this morning by releasing an internet ad on his and Obama’s relationship. Reads the press release:

Today, McCain-Palin 2008 released its latest web ad, entitled “Ayers.” The ad highlights Barack Obama’s long-standing relationship with unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. From his political introduction at Bill Ayers’ house in 1995 to their service together on two boards, Barack Obama has long known Bill Ayers but has not been straightforward with the American people. This is an issue of judgment and candor and Barack Obama has not told the American people the truth.

Ominous narrators, McCain and Palin aren’t the only ones getting in on the action. For the second day in a row, Cindy McCain, John’s wife, has brought her soldier sons into the political mix:

…Mrs. McCain made a rare reference to her sons when criticizing the Illinois senator for his 2007 vote against a war funding bill. McCain has two sons in the military, and one has served in Iraq. “The day that Sen. Obama decided to cast a vote to not fund my son when he was serving sent a cold chill through my body,” McCain told a crowded rally in Pennsylvania, an electoral battleground state.

“I would suggest that Sen. Obama change shoes with me for just one day and see what it means … to have a loved one serving in the armed forces and more importantly, serving in harm’s way.”

No disrespect, Mrs. McCain, but it was your husband who helped send your sons – and so many other kids – overseas and into harm’s way. If that doesn’t give you a chill, we highly doubt Obama’s sending shivers your way.