As Dow Plummets, McCain Campaign Highlights Palin's Attacking Obama on Ayers

This morning the McCain-Palin campaign blast-emailed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's attack in Clearwater, Florida, on Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., regarding his relationship with William Ayers.

"I was reading my copy of The New York Times the other day, and I was really interested to read about Barack’s friends from Chicago," Palin said. "Turns out, one of his earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers.  And according to The New York Times, he was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, “launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol.”  Wow.  And there’s even more to the story.  Barack Obama said Ayers was just someone in the neighborhood.  But that’s less than truthful.  His own top advisor said they were, quote, 'certainly friendly.'  In fact, Obama held one of the first meetings of his political career in Bill Ayers’s home.  And they’ve worked together on various projects in Chicago."

Senior Obama adviser David Axelrod told CNN that Obama had no idea who Ayers was when he visited his home in 1995.

"When he went he certainly, he didn't know the history," Axelrod said.

"It's a dangerous road, but we have no choice," a top McCain strategist told the Daily News of their new strategy to attack Obama's character. "If we keep talking about the economic crisis, we're going to lose."

Meanwhile, on Wall Street, the Dow Jones just fell below 10,000.

- jpt

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