The former domestic terrorist who sparked a lot of debate during the presidential campaign is breaking his silence.
William Ayers tells ABC News his relationship with Barack Obama was not political.
"I don't buy the idea that guilt by association should be any part of our politics," he said. "And the interesting thing is, as much as this was created as an issue in the campaign, it appears that to most people, it had no traction, it had no meaning."
Ayers was a member of the Weather Underground, a militant anti-Vietnam war group that bombed the Capitol building, the Pentagon, and the New York Police Department headquarters during the 1960's.
Friday, he said Republicans have tried to "demonize" him in a "dishonest narrative.".
"I never hurt or killed anyone," Ayers said. "A was involved in the anti-war movement. I was a militant. I was part of the militant faction opposing the war. And I've been quoted again and again as saying, 'I don't regret it' and frankly saying, 'I don't think we did enough.' And I don't think we did enough," he exclaimed.
President-elect Obama has condemned Ayer's past, calling his acts "despicable."
Sources: ABC News, CBN News