(SEDONA, ARIZ.) – The gloves are coming off.
That's the word from the McCain campaign as two new ads attacking Barack Obama were released today after Obama criticized McCain for not knowing how many houses he owned.
The American Issue Project, a non-profit conservative organization, released an ad today linking Obama to William Ayers, a former member of the 1960s radical group the Weather Underground, which conducted bombings of the Pentagon and the Capitol 40 years ago. A co-founder of the group, Ayers is now a professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago and served on a charity board with Obama.
The ad begins, "United 93 never hit the Capitol on 9/11. But the Capitol was bombed thirty years before - By an American terrorist group called Weather Underground that declared 'war' on the U.S."
Obama has said he "deplored" the actions of Ayers and the group, and his campaign called the ad "despicable."
"The fact that John McCain dispatched his paid consultant to launch this despicable ad from a so-called 'independent' committee shows how desperate he is to change the subject from his shocking disconnect with the economic struggles of the American people," Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said.
"Instead of invoking Paris, Britney and obscure sixties radicals, Sen. McCain should take the day off at one of his seven homes to consider whether his support for outsourcing, tax breaks for companies who ship jobs overseas and continued spending of $10 billion a month in Iraq is really putting 'country first.'"
Also today, the McCain campaign released an ad that says a convicted felon helped Obama buy his home in Chicago, referring to former Obama fundraiser Tony Rezko. Obama has said it was a mistake to deal with Rezko, but none of the corruption charges that Rezko was convicted on are related to Obama or his home.