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. cherrystrawberry

    thats grear O. Hit them with facts! people arent as stupid as McFrankenstein would have you believe. well maybe Alice is Florida

    August 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. How does CNN determine who gets posted?

    Has Obama decided "no more Mr. Nice Guy"?

    August 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Hannah Stevens

    When are workers going to realize that voting republican is voting against their own self interest. McCain wants to continue huge tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations saying they create the jobs. That is true; in India and China. And then the wealthy go and buy another vacation home in Aspen.

    And McCain was against equal pay for women.

    August 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Mccain=Bush

    There we go Obama get that Dirty Playing Republican Mccain cost jobs to families all across this country he has been apart of the Senate for years and has not done anything to help gas prices when it could have really made a difference Mccain is bad for this Country and he is Not Capable of leading the Free World. I Am AN Obama Supporter and I approve this Message Obama 08

    August 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. DD, New York

    I think politicians should serious consider Paris Hilton's energy plan. Sounds like quite a compromise that she came up with that actually might be viable.

    August 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Vickie, Maryland

    They asked for it........ Way to go Obama, come out swinging.

    August 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Timothy

    See American People vote Mccain you will be sorry because you will get the same mess again failed Policies and lots of lying and corruption in the white house like it is today. Example, Lied to go to war and cost many lives. Think American People a vote for Mccain is "Dangerous" for the American people

    August 8, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. dbacchus


    August 8, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. tricia


    More McLies by omission!

    Exxon/McCain in '08!

    August 8, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. nezua

    Um...people who WORK care, Fred?

    August 8, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    As a native of Ohio it is hard to believe Ohio will vote Republican again. FACT: Bush put these people in soup lines after they lost jobs, pensions and everything they had and still have not recovered. I hope that every voter in every state will look at Ohio and see what the Republicans did to Ohio. Ohio was a thriving State and it saddens me to see my home state suffering.

    August 8, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. LA2NC

    Fred Hermans, I'll tell you who cares......... THE 8200 people that will lose their jobs.

    August 8, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. LB

    The people of Ohio should thing long and hard before they vote for McCain. Not only is that 8,000 people out of a job, but it could also be 8,000 people who can no longer make their mortgage payments, 8,000 more foreclosures, 8,000 more people on welfare or unemployment.

    August 8, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Rebublican for Obama!

    The wheels of the Straight Talk express fell of again?

    Big Surprise!!

    August 8, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Joss Whedon

    Why is the link called:" Ticker: Does big oil favor Obama? "
    This is unacceptable.
    The ticker article says: "Obama camp says McCain cost Ohio jobs"
    What kind of crap are you trying to pull here?

    August 8, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. NoMcSame

    Stay on him Obama and don't let him breath. McSurge is yellow. Bush is Yellow. Russia is invading another country and this is one that we back and they are not going in to help. YELLOW. What does that say to the rest of the world. Obama says talk first and fight later but if they feel that they can win McSurge wants to fight first and talk later. YELLOW. No guts no glory.
    He sells us out all the time. We have had 26yrs of it and now is the time to get rid of the dirty rat.

    August 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Jon

    Another ad that does nothing but spew lies. Oh how the holy "the one" has sunk.

    August 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. R.I.F.

    Radio ad??? C'mon, that needs to be a full TV ad played around the clock in Ohio.

    Obama '08

    August 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. kim hussein smith

    and dont forget McLobbyist's dishonest dealings that gave a very lucrative contract (35B) to a EUROPEAN country over boeing, an AMERICAN company.

    that shows McBigBusiness puts his big business buddies BEFORE his commitment to leading THIS country. he'd rather make a buck for himself and his buddies than fight to keep AMERICANS employed and AMERICAN companies in business. and he wants to be our PRESIDENT??!?!?! i dont think so!!!

    August 8, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Alex

    Fred, I think that the thousands of recently unemployed might care, but anyway, I agree they should get back to work.

    August 8, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Independent

    Obama tells it like it is. Love this guy!

    America if you want the jobs back and America's reputation restored in the Obama.

    America, if you want another dumb politican in the white McCain.

    Simple as that.

    August 8, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. D R

    It's going to be difficult for people in this country to hear the truth! It's going to be an interesting transition! You will hear that the DNC is controlled by evil people like George Sores. It's funny that the same GOP loved this man when he helped Reagan bring down the block of the soviet union. Be sure and read up on Obama before you write him off, this man has integrity!

    August 8, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Concerned in Alabama

    That's right Obama. McCain blamed you for the high gas prices while making deals with top lobbyist. Now he's trying to make up with Ohioans.

    McCain has been in the Senate for over 20 years and NOTHING has changed with him and the Bush administration.

    Get back to work McCain!

    August 8, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. Psbro


    August 8, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Nick

    Fred Hermans, think before you write next. An energy bill is important, but so are jobs.

    August 8, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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