Obama Takes Heat over Ayers, Socialism

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Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's association with radical activist Bill Ayers continues to be an issue on the campaign trail.

Ayers helped start a domestic terrorist group in the 1960s that bombed the U.S. Capitol and Pentagon.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been questioning the relationship on the campaign trail. GOP presidential candidate John McCain had comments for Fox News as well.

"It's about Senator Obama being candid and straightforward with the American people about their relationship. He has dismissed it by saying it was just a guy in the neighborhood. We know it's much more than that. Let's reveal all of the details of that relationship, and then the American people can make a judgement," McCain told Fox News Tuesday.

Obama spoke out against Ayer's terrorist attacks in an interview with ABC's Charles Gibson, but Obama defended their relationship, saying he was only 8 years old when the attacks happened.

"By the time I met him, 10 or 15 years ago, he was a college professor of education at the University of Illinois. And we served on a school reform board together, a board by the way, that was funded by Walter Annenberg, who had been an ambassador and close friend of Ronald Reagan," Obama told Gibson.

"And the notion that somehow he has been involved in my campaign, that he is an adviser of mine, that he -- I've palled around with a terrorist, all these statements are made simply to try to score cheap political points," Obama said.

Accusations about Obama launching his political career in Ayer's home were not brought up in that interview.

Angry Lash Out at McCain Rally

Meanwhile at a McCain campaign event in Wisconsin, unrest was stoked today by an angry supporter.

"I'm mad. I'm really mad. And not because of the economy. I'm mad because of the socialists taking over the country," one man in the audience stood up and said. He wouldn't allow McCain to say anything more until he finished expressing his view. He identified Obama and Pelosi as people who are socialists and charged McCain and Palin to "go get them."

But Obama has expressed his own thoughts on McCain's policies. He told a campaign audience Dayton, Ohio, Thursday that McCain's mortgage buyout plan would cost taxpayers billions of dollars and reward bad behavior by lenders.

Both candidates are competing for Ohio's 20 electoral votes. Obama plans five Ohio rallies Thursday and Friday, and will return next week to Toledo to prepare for Wednesday's debate on Long Island, N.Y.

Source: CBN News, The Associated Press

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