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McCain Blasts Obama Over William Ayers

Sunday, 20 Apr 2008 11:12 PM

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Sen. Barack Obama recently compared remarks by pro-life Republican Sen. Tom Coburn with Weather Underground terrorist bomber William Ayers. And he has outraged Sen. John McCain in the process.

Coburn has suggested that abortion is killing, and as such, abortionists could get the death penalty.

Ayers said that he regrets that he had not bombed more U.S. targets as a way to protest the Vietnam War.

When challenged about his association with Ayers during the debate with Sen. Hillary Clinton last week in Philadelphia, Obama sidestepped a question about Ayers, insisting that asking him about Ayers was the same as asking if he endorses Coburn's position. "Do I need to apologize for Mr. Coburn's statements?" Obama asked, "Because I certainly don't agree with those, either."

Appearing on Sunday's ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos," McCain said Obama's relationship with Ayers, "is open to question . . . Because if you're going to associate and have as a friend and serve on a board and have a guy kick off your campaign that says he's unrepentant, that he wished he'd bombed more — and then, the worst thing of all, that, I think, really indicates Senator Obama's attitude, is he had the incredible statement that he compared Mr. Ayers, an unrepentant terrorist, with Senator Tom Coburn, Senator Coburn, a physician who goes to Oklahoma on the weekends and brings babies into life — comparing those two — I mean, that's an attitude, frankly, that certainly isn't in keeping with the overall attitude."

According to The New York Times, Ayers, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, lives in Obama’s neighborhood and held an early organizing meeting when Obama was running for the Illinois state Senate.

“He became friends with him and spent time with him while the guy was unrepentant over his activities as a member of a terrorist organization, the Weathermen,’’ McCain said, adding, “Does he condemn them? Would he condemn someone who says that they’re unrepentant and wished that they had bombed more?’’

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