Barack Obama is prepared to hit back if John McCain uses the second presidential debate to attack him over Ayers, reports the New York Times reports that chief strategist

“Obama is prepared to hit back, including with Keating Five scandal if necessary, if McCain uses the presidential debate to attack him over his associations with controversial figures like William Ayers, the former Weather Underground leader, Mr. Obama’s chief strategist David Alexrodsaid this afternoon.

“The strategist, David Axelrod, also took a dig at Mr. McCain in a conversation with reporters on the Obama campaign plane, saying that Republicans were off-base to criticize small donations from overseas to Mr. Obama – noting that anyone in the world who buys an Obama T-shirt online would have their payment listed as a donation.”

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