McCain camp releases Ayers ad

The latest Web ad from John McCain's campaign uses former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers to attack Barack Obama.

Published October 9, 2008 4:52PM (EDT)

Wednesday night, the McCain camp promised "big news" for the morning. Turns out that big news is really just another Web ad. This time, though, it's a frontal assault on Barack Obama, one that uses former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers against him.

I'm not going to link to the video, or post it -- if you really want to see it, you can find it pretty easily -- because the McCain campaign's strategy on this is even more obvious than normal. They want to get airtime for this video without spending any money to run it. Just the length of it (more than a minute and a half) indicates that they have no plans to ever buy time for this. They just want it to be discussed, especially on television news, and to take Ayers to the forefront of the national discussion about the election.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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