ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Arnab Datta Report: The McCain campaign is responding to Sen. Barack Obama’s, D-Ill., "housing" attack with an ad that goes after the Illinois Democrat for his ties to convicted land developer Tony Rezko.
"If you want to talk about a housing problem," McCain spokesman Brian Rogers tells ABC News, "Sen. Obama certainly has one when he bought his million dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon."
"That’s a house that he could not have bought without Mr. Rezko’s actions," said Rogers. "It raises questions about his judgment. And you know it is an issue that we think the American people care far more about than how many houses or properties or dog houses that John and Cindy McCain have."
The McCain campaign is not disclosing how much money it is planning to put behind its Rezko ad but vows that it will air on broadcast television in "key states."
The ad from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., follows an Obama ad attacking the presumptive GOP nominee for directing a question about how many homes he owns to his staff.
"I think — I’ll have my staff get to you," McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. "It’s condominiums where — I’ll have them get to you."
The Obama campaign responded to McCain’s ad by pointing to a report by the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s Fact Check, stating "as the McCain campaign desperately tries to find out how many houses John McCain owns, they are launching thoroughly debunked attacks. Barack Obama offered the best price of any bidder in the market for his home – the only home he owns."
The full McCain ad attacking Obama on Rezko can be seen here. The script is below.
Script For "Housing Problem" (TV :30)
ANNCR: Barack Obama knows a lot about housing problems.
One of his "biggest fundraisers" helped him buy his million-dollar mansion.
Purchasing part of the property he couldn’t afford.
From Obama, Rezko got "political favors" including "14 million from taxpayers."
Now, he’s a convicted felon, facing jail.
That’s a housing problem.
JOHN MCCAIN: I’m John McCain and I approved this message.