August 8th, 2008
02:38 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama camp says McCain cost Ohio jobs

A new Obama radio ad says McCain cost Ohio jobs.

A new Obama radio ad says McCain cost Ohio jobs.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama's campaign released a tough new Ohio radio ad Friday that said Sen. John McCain and his campaign manager Rick Davis were partly responsible for the potential loss of thousands of Ohio jobs.

"[T]here’s something John McCain's not telling you: It was McCain who used his influence in the Senate to help foreign-owned DHL buy a U.S. company and gain control over the jobs that are now on the chopping block in Ohio," says the announcer in the new spot, which includes recordings of the presumptive Republican nominee promising "straight talk."

"And that's not all: McCain's campaign manager was the top lobbyist for the DHL deal...helped push it through. His firm was paid $185,000 to lobby McCain and other senators. Now 8,200 Ohioans are facing layoffs, and foreign-owned DHL doesn't care.... John McCain. Same old politics. Same failed policies."

Listen: Obama campaign manager David Plouffe discusses the tough new ad

DHL is considering moves that would result in the loss of than 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio. McCain visited the town Thursday, as workers continued to protest the proposed cuts.

UPDATE: The McCain team fought back Friday afternoon. "The Obama campaign's hysterical reaction to our latest ad shows just how far they'll go in attacking anyone who discusses Barack Obama's actual record and the impact of his plans on American families. In Barack Obama's rarefied universe, votes and actions have no consequences," said campaign spokesman Brian Rogers in a statement.

Listen: The McCain campaign blasts the Obama radio ad in a conference call with reporters

"This allows him to say he opposed the Bush-Cheney energy policy when in fact he voted for it. And this allows him to say he is on the side of the middle class when he voted for tax increases on people making just $42,000 per year. The bottom line is that Barack Obama's plans for higher taxes on oil means higher prices at the pump and his plans for increasing taxes on businesses and investment means fewer jobs for hardworking Americans,” said Rogers.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. Walter Greason

    It is about time the Obama campaign exposed McCain.

    August 8, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Ratgurl

    Only one of many Republican lobbyist – led acts to cause the loss of American employment.

    This is REALLY old news, CNN, but thanks for reporting it!

    August 8, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. larryh wi

    Isn’t it amazing that so many past presidential issues during campaigns rarely matter years later? Are the Democrats making a big deal out of global warming just to play politics and make it the issue of this campaign? Or do they sincerely care about the environment? Further, are they that concerned about the environment that they will let America’s economy and industrial sector falter as they refuse to let more drilling take place? The Democrat’s political games are slowing America’s development and progress, and making us lose jobs. Go John Go.

    August 8, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Rob

    Surprise ! Not! Sending jobs overseas has been the hallmark of our Government over these last eight years. How much more of it will we take? Four more years?

    August 8, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. We're NOT "your friends"!!!

    That's right..take that repubs!

    OBAMA '08

    August 8, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Debby

    This is funny coming from Obama who is a NAFTA believer.

    August 8, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    Oh but him and the rest of this radical right wing nuts will lie and spin this somehow. Much like the illegal campaign contributions he received If that had been Sen Obama's campaign he might as well shut down his campaign but because it was the radical rights newest puppet Mc Cain it is completely fine and hey the media will hide the story before it can do any real harm

    August 8, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. vINCe

    WAY TO GO O!!!

    Smack down that grey-haird-old-dude !!!

    August 8, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Binh

    Enough said. Obama 08!

    August 8, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |

    I think I saw McCain shaking hands with the workers. What a traitor. We need CHANGE NOW!!.

    August 8, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Fred Hermans, Neshanic Station NJ

    WHO CARES! Get back to work and vote on an energy bill!

    August 8, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Brian

    Obama = LIES!

    August 8, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. Raymond Duke

    Senator you are probably correct on that issue but when you and all the rest of the democrats andd republicans vote for these fair trade deals don't you do the same. Kind of a hyprocite to say that is it not.

    August 8, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Joe Kiloz

    More useless Obama "NO to this" "NO to that" without any in depth questioning of the facts. Where is the positive tone that Mr. Obama promised all of us ? Mr. McCain, BO is not the messiah, far from it.

    It's not wonder the Clintons are having a difficult time regurgitation Mr. Obama. Elitist to the max, no responsibility, when questioned then everyone becomes a racist.

    I am very happily morally knowing that a lot of the Obama fluff will go away come election time and the Clintons will be celebrating his defeat.

    August 8, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. DR. YES

    call him on it BO!we all know mccain's been one of the problems ,in washington,for far too long.

    August 8, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Thomas, Illinois

    Hey McCain? The media is starting to give you coverage...You wished it, you got it...Opps...Obama 08

    August 8, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Former Republican

    I've voted Republican my whole life and after finally getting my wish for a Republican white house and congress, they go and screw the pooch. I'm done with them, these are not the Reagen Republicans of the past and should be ashamed at the levels they have stooped to.

    August 8, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. bk

    How stupid does Obama think we are? You can't stop one company from buying another if one company wants to sell. This is america they buy and sell companies all the time. Ohio will never fall for that one Obama. They will believe that you went to the Canadian government and told them you weren't going to do anything about. NAFTA. You were just trying to get votes.

    August 8, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. proud army and navy mom

    There you go Obama campaign. Let people know the truth.

    It's not an attack if the truth. It's called plain talk. What mcsenile used to do, but now all he does is lies, denies and then criticize.

    August 8, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Don

    And Obama played politics by not supporting the gas tax holday, something he now supports in energy rebate checks. Big deal. Lame ad. Truth is both dems and gop are resp for job losses.

    August 8, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Cricket

    Didn't mccain just tell them yesterday "he would do everything he could to help them, but he couldn't promise anything"?? Kind of hedging there a little isn't he?


    August 8, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. v.a.

    DUH! they're headed overseas under mccain's administration.

    August 8, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Kathryn

    Maytag Plant shuts down and moves to Mexico, putting 1,600 people out of work.

    Obama had a special connection to Maytag: Lester Crown, one of the company's directors and biggest investors whose family, records show, has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Obama's campaigns since 2003. But Crown says Obama never raised the fate of the Galesburg plant with him.
    Beyond such talk, there is little evidence that Obama went to any lengths to fight the Galesburg shutdown. Some analysts say his ties to the Crowns–Lester's son, James, is the Illinois finance chairman of Obama's presidential run–leave him open to criticism.

    August 8, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. john

    Ha! Nice catch.

    August 8, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Matt

    Thank you, Mr. Obama for beginning to clearly lay out why John McCain is extremely dangerous for America. We cannot afford another 4 years of a bankrupt domestic and foreign policy. We cannot afford to have our economy continue to nose-dive. We cannot afford to continue to go without access to health care and good paying jobs. Mr. Obama keep laying out your postiive vision for America, all while drawing clear distinctions with George Bush's heir apparent – John McCain. The Bush-Cheney-McCain era needs to come to an end!

    August 8, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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