John McCain is associating with the president of the very foundation that funded "radical" education reform work.
The Republican National Committee and the McCain campaign are pouncing on the controversy.
A paid TV ad may be in the works.
Obama's modus operandi is to seek advice from people with differing points of view, one of the Democrat's many advisers says.
Very few folks are talking about Ayers' views on education - or asking whether Barack Obama shares those ideas.
There were no questions on school policy, but Barack Obama offered an idea on what priority education would be early in his administration.
The Volunteer State has grappled with education funding, curriculum issues, and implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act over the past year.
Is it enough to guarantee an invitation to a skybox at the 2012 Democratic Convention?
The National Education Association's on-the-ground campaign efforts appear to be mostly emphasizing health care over education issues.
To know which way the McCain campaign is hoping the political wind will blow, when it comes to the story of the Obama-Ayers connection.