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First on The Page: New Obama ad distances him from Bill Ayers and hits McCain on the economy.

Essential viewing: Watch it above. Read transcript here.

Spot airing in Ohio and perhaps elsewhere starting Monday.

Ballsy: Hits McCain, even though the Ayers attack ad to which this is a response was run by an outside group.

McCain camp responds: “The fact that Barack Obama chose to launch his political career at the home of an unrepentant terrorist raises more questions about Senator Obama’s judgment than any TV ad ever could.”

Plus: Obama’s camp writes the Department of Justice demanding a criminal investigation of Harold Simmons’ advertising vehicle “American Issues Project.”

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