President Barack Obama's ties to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his controversial former pastor, may be the subject of a new ad campaign by a conservative political action committee intent on ousting him in this November's election.
A conservative super PAC is considering an advertising plan to "do what John McCain would not let us do" during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Obama's ties to Jeremiah Wright and his inflammatory rhetoric nearly derailed his bid for the presidency during the Democratic primary, but Obama cut ties with his one-time spiritual adviser, hung on against Hillary Clinton, then defeated McCain.
McCain, honorably, demanded the Wright-Obama angle not be used in any campaign ads during the election. This time around? All bets are off.
With campaign finance reform all but eliminated by the Supreme Court, super PACs can spend whatever they want to run whatever they want.
To that end, Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts commissioned a $10 million plan, known as "The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama: The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good," to help ensure the President's defeat.
According to a copy of the plan obtained by the New York Times, the group is looking to expose ties between President Obama - who is referred to as a "metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln" - and Rev. Wright's "black liberation theology."The 54-page proposal says, according to the Times:
"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."
The proposed assault includes television commercials and full-page newspaper ads featuring Wright, along with "aerial banners" in the sky.
Ricketts' plan also includes "preparations for how to respond to the charges of race-baiting," according to the paper and goes as far as to suggest the hiring of an "extremely literate conservative African-American" spokesman.
It also refers to an apparent ad featuring Jeremiah Wright that was produced for McCain's 2008 campaign but never aired. "If the nation had seen that ad," Ricketts writes, "they'd never have elected Barack Obama."
On Thursday, presumptive Republican challenger Mitt Romney's campaign urged the super PAC to avoid pursuing a racially charged campaign.
While criticizing the Obama camp's reported rhetoric, of course.
"Unlike the Obama campaign, Gov. Romney is running a campaign based on jobs and the economy, and we encourage everyone else to do the same," Matt Rhoades, Mitt Romney's campaign manager, said in a statement to Yahoo News.
"President Obama's team said they would 'kill Romney,' and, just last week, David Axelrod referred to individuals opposing the president as 'contract killers.'"
"It's clear President Obama's team is running a campaign of character assassination. We repudiate those efforts and any on our side to do so."