McCain, Romney Camps Decry Super-PAC Proposal to Attack Obama on Rev. Wright [View all]
Republicans revulsed from the news Thursday that a GOP Super PAC was contemplating a major ad campaign against President Obama focused on his past connections to the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg reported that a group of Republican strategists, including Fred Davis who worked for McCain in 2008, to “do exactly what John McCain would not let us do” — run TV ads linking President Obama to provocative comments made by Wright, whom then-Sen. Obama disowned in 2008 after decades of friendship. The Super PAC is funded by Joe Ricketts, founder of the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade.
“The world is about to see Jeremiah Wright and understand his influence on Barack Obama for the first time in a big, attention-arresting way,” says the proposal, titled “The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama: The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good.” “Our plan is to do exactly what John McCain would not let us do: Show the world how Barack Obama’s opinions of America and the world were formed. And why the influence of that misguided mentor and our president’s formative years among left-wing intellectuals has brought our country to its knees.”
The Romney and McCain campaigns made it immediately clear that they thought this proposal not a good one.