August 8th, 2008
02:38 PM ET
6 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. eve

    who cares? About 8,000 jobs about to be lost? I just pray that your job is never up for selling

    August 8, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. larryh wi

    Nobama ia not selling Hope, he’s selling Despair, and himself as the snake oil that will cure us of all our ills. This guy is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Go McCain

    August 8, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. ChuckinCT

    The good people of Ohio care...what good is an energy plan for 8200 people out of work because of John McSame and his lobbyist?

    August 8, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. The Lady

    Now this is the kind of information voters need to hear.

    August 8, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    mcrat

    August 8, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. john

    yea right

    August 8, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. arlene, CA

    I like this ad. It is good & speaks the TRUTH. We hear allot of He's(McCain) an honorable man, war hero/POW. He is the same old politics as McBush/Cheney. A vote for McSame is an extension of what we have right now. I don't think we can stand more of the same failed policies of the Bush/Cheney reign. No thank you, No Way.

    August 8, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    You're being unfair to the pride and joy of Annapolis, John McCain, by infusing facts into the campaign.

    Obama campaign – you need to learn how to make things up and keep screaming them over and over and over and over – just like the Swift Boat Liars did! Only you'll be using a little utilized tactic by the GOP/RNC – Facts!!!

    McCain is planning a reply as he attends a tractor pull in Alabama.

    August 8, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Barbara

    Sure would be nice if Fred Herman's job was on the chopping block

    August 8, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Michelle

    HA HA!... I love it!....Get'em

    August 8, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. Frank, Atlanta, GA

    McSame could care less about American jobs, so long as the war machine keeps humming. McWar only wants investment in war, death and destruction.

    VOTE FOR PEACE AND PROSPERITY !!

    VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA....IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO !!!!!!!!!!

    August 8, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. 74moore@bellsouth.net

    Obama's socialist views are going to cost far morejobs than those lost than in Ohio!

    August 8, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Joss Whedon

    Now the link is changed. What is going on with you journalists?
    Have you no integrity? I'm an independent right now and this kind of stupidity is just unacceptable. I can't count on you to deliver accurate news and its disgusting.

    I think my next TV show will likely be about the stupidity of journalism in America. No wonder the youth of this country have turned to Steven Colbert and John Stuart for news information.

    August 8, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Larrry

    I think the hard working people in Ohio care!!!! This is nothing new for the Republicans... McCain says Obama is out of touch or elitist, but time after time, McCain displays his true strips. According to McCain the economy is great and it is the people who are whinning. Stop falling for the slogans and look at the actions.

    August 8, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. Val from MA

    Looks like an attack ad on McCain to me. Holier than thou Obama camp is getting desperate because they are slipping in polls.

    August 8, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. Jos/TN

    smart move Obama, you gotta love the man's methods,

    August 8, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Barbara

    OooooooooooooooooooooooooooHhhhhhhhh!

    Who's laughing now?
    Get'em BAM

    Obama 08

    August 8, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. Fernando ATL

    What OBAMA is not mentioning is that Ohio loses jobs because of its ever increasing taxes and more important, it is not losing most of its jobs to Mexico or Asia, but to Texas and other US states that are more competitive, well managed and educated. Wake up, Ohio people, I truly hope you see the facts...

    August 8, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. Karl Miller

    Another lie from the clown named Obama.

    Obama has honest as John Edwards and his love-baby.

    August 8, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. .C

    So what's new!

    August 8, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Get Real

    I would say 8,200 people in Ohio care! Fred from Neshanic, NJ.

    August 8, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. Pepou

    I CARE. Vote Obama 09 !

    August 8, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Mike in Houston

    Well, there something to be said about this.

    August 8, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. fastlegs

    Fred how can u say such a thing if what the add is saying true, those families that lost their jobs do care.

    August 8, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Am

    I care!

    August 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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