Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground's NYC Connection

Friday, October 17, 2008

It was more than 40 years ago, but the turmoil of the 1960s remains a lightening rod in this year's presidential campaign. Once again, in Wednesday night's debate, Senator John McCain questioned Senator Barack Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers, former member of the left-wing radical group, the Weather Underground. And Senator Obama tried to put the matter to rest.

SENATOR OBAMA: Mr. Ayers has become the centerpiece of Senator McCain's campaign over the last two or three weeks. This has been their primary focus, so let's get the record straight. Bill Ayers is a professor of education in Chicago. Forty years ago, when I was eight, he engaged in despicable acts with a radical domestic group. I have roundly condemned those acts.

With us is WNYC's Elaine Rivera who has been looking into why Bill Ayers remains an issue in the presidential campaign, and the Weather Underground's connection to New York.


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