Questions Linger Over When Obama Learned of Ayers' History





Barack Obama's campaign is trying to fend off a withering attack from his opponents surrounding the Democratic candidate's relationship with former domestic terrorist William Ayers, co-founder of the radical Weather Underground group in the turbulent Sixties.

But there are still questions over when Obama truly learned about Ayers' radical background.

Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor told FOXNews.com that the Democratic presidential candidate was unaware of Ayers' past when Ayers hosted a political event for Obama in 1995, when he was an Illinois state senator.

Vietor said it was a small, meet-the-candidate event -- an assertion Obama and his advisers have consistently made throughout the course of his presidential campaign.

But Vietor said that he did not know when Obama learned of Ayers' connection to the Weather Underground, which claimed responsibility for bombings at the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol and a New York Supreme Court justice's home in New York City.

Obama has been criticized for not being clear on exactly when he was informed of Ayers' terrorist past, and for maintaining a working relationship with Ayers, who lives in Chicago and is an education professor at the University of Illinois.



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