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. Barbara

    Fred Hermans guess what

    Ohioans Care.

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

    Come on Fred, he is stating the truth its online. I agree with your energy bill, but truth is the truth.

    August 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. REA

    mccain straight talk how about dishonest talk and seeing just how much he and make fools out of these john mccain voters john mccain cannot fool the democrate voters we are no foolsjohn mccain just want to try to coverup all the hurt he have cause to the american people SHAME SHAME SHAME obama 08

    August 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Travis in OH

    I would say that there are about 8000 people here in Ohio that care!

    August 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Republicans Hate America

    McPhony has also cost American lives too.

    August 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Simon Templer

    People can't eat the energy bill. They need jobs! McRich is out of touch with his millioniar wife to care.

    August 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. al phillips

    Ouch That Hurts
    RIGHT in the KISSER – And this is all FACT and no fiction

    And he stood in front of these people and LIED
    McCain – MORE of the same
    Costing US jobs

    August 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Brian

    You would care if it was your job. I'm guessing the job at DHL includes many families health insurance also, but WHO CARES.

    August 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. gerry

    I think both John McCain and his campaign manager should loose their jobs.

    It's only fair.

    August 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Paris

    Some leader you are.
    Why couldn’t you call on the democrats to come back and have a vote on the energy?
    Why don’t you explain why Exxon is paying you so much money Obama?

    You need to stop lying to people. We know about John McCain and who he is , you don’t need to tell us about McCain.
    But we have no idea who you are Mr. Obama.
    All we have seen so far from you is an opportunist politician who says anything to get elected.
    Oh, and lets not forget the media that is gushing over you and covering for you 24/7.

    August 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Darrel from Denver

    Who cares? Is Fred Hermans for real? Does he really think getting 'back to work and vote on an energy bill' that simply OK's offshore drilling is getting anything constructive done?

    Sounds like a Republican shill to me.

    Ohioans should care. It was their jobs McCain and croney helped eliminate.

    Get a clue.

    August 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Deb, Oklahoma

    Saw on ABC where John Edwards admits to affair with staffer. Thought it comical that CNN reported on Morgan Freeman accident and the "woman" in the car with him but couldn't bring itself to report on John Edwards. Oh well....and to think the "Choosen One" was vetting him for VP. To all news media, please get over your love affair with BO before you harm the Nation.

    August 8, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Gene, Houston, TX

    I wonder how Obama voted on that. Oh, he probably voted "Present" – if he voted at all.

    August 8, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. CD

    Fred we care. That is the problem with you republicans you only care about yourselves and your greed! Get a life and chill you mean little fellow. These people from Ohio are not just feeling the oil pain like you they are also losing their jobs because of McCain. Shame on you Fred!!!

    August 8, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Mark

    @Fred: Interesting that you do not care about jobs. Then you should probably vote vor McCain. :-)

    All others will vote for the economy – which is a vote for Obama.

    August 8, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Monique, Honolulu, HI

    "WHO CARES!"?? The people of Ohio who are losing their jobs care! It just shows, once again, how McCain doesn't really care about the people.

    August 8, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. TonyInKentucky

    I'm sure the people of that are potentially being to kick rocks care, as well as their families.

    I'd also think the American people looking to elect a President would care about more GOP grandstanding, this time by McCain. Who is acting like he is fighting for these people but the reality is that he and his staff ACTIVELY took steps to lead to this.

    McCain wants to act like he is fighting for common Americans but like all Republicans, the people he serves are powerful special interest.
    John McCain is demanding an investigation of what? He and his own people's full court press on selling off the nation?

    August 8, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. Mark Wagner

    Who cares? I think the people in Ohio who are losing their jobs care.

    August 8, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Wisest one of All

    What Hussein Nobama won't tell you is that his ties are to terrorists. Proven fact!

    August 8, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Rob

    Sorry Fred – our hard working Senators need a break from their grueling work schedule.

    Posted on another site on July 30, 2008:

    "Since January 2007, (John McCain has) missed 63 percent of the votes held in the Senate. The last time he was present for a vote was April 8. Since the last time McCain actually voted in the Senate, he’s earned $51,345.08, according to a post this morning at Daily Kos.

    Barack Obama has missed 20 votes in the last 20 days. But Obama has actually missed relatively few, and has made a point of showing up for Senate votes every few weeks. He hasn’t let three months go by at a time."

    August 8, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Cody Bjornsson

    The 8000 people in Ohio who are at risk of losing their jobs care you insensitive prick!

    August 8, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Jonas

    More dirty politics and lies from the democrats.

    Obama, don't you ever wonder how this Congress became the lowest rated IN HISTORY under your leadership??????

    August 8, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Ok

    Who cares? I think those 8200 workers laid off care. The American people should care because this shows that McSame is perfectly content with letting companies lay off huge amounts of people and move to other countries. Too bad we cant ship him overseas

    August 8, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. RW

    Great one!!! attack him, the way he attacks... Obama needs to employ more who will attack the GOP attack machine!!!

    August 8, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Barbara Hussein Barner

    Why to Go Barack! Hit him on those jobs he helped the foreign company to cause economic damage to Wilmington, Ohio. Hit him on his lobbyist campaign manager Rick Davis.

    August 8, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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