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. blaising

    Tell that to McCreepy!! He's missed more senate work time than any other.

    McCreepy is BAD for our American jobs.

    A vote for McBush is a ticket to the poorhouse!!

    July18, 2008
    ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf reports from Capitol Hill:

    It turns out that presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain, has attended even fewer Afghanistan-related Senate hearings over the past two years than Obama’s one. Which is a nice way of saying, McCain, R-Ariz., the top Republican on the Senate Armed Service Committee, has attended ZERO of his committee’s six hearings on Afghanistan over the last two years.

    August 8, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Joseph

    who care's, people who want to hear the truth care. I want to be able to speak to McCain face to face and get some real answers on what he proposes to do with the concerns we face today. I want to hear something besides we will go to war or we will hope for the best. He needs to show me why he is the better man for the job all he has shown me so far was that he can whine and cry with the best of them, and now he added avoiding the truth to his repertoire

    August 8, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Wentzville

    Who cares? he asks. The 8000 people in Ohio care and that is where the radio ad was played. "Who cares!" As if the joke energy bill the Republicans are pushing is going to save the day. Republicans have been running the country for years. Now they're whining (where's Phil Gramm now?) that the Democrats are standing in their way after years of dishing it out to the Democrats. Where were the GOP energy bills? When did Bush make an national effort to get Americans to recognize the coming crisis? Never because he had and has no clue. Only a few more months... just a few more months...

    August 8, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Kirk in upstate New York

    great ad....I wish the fodder for its substance weren't true. Obama needs to keep this kind of pressure up...maybe he can use that McCain tire gauge thingy to make sure his campaign keeps up the pressure!

    August 8, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. BudInTexas

    Fred Hermans, Neshanic Station NJ August 8th, 2008 2:43 pm ET

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

    -------------------------------

    You are an idiot! How much oil would we see next year, or year after that. Exactly ZERO – which appears to be your IQ!

    August 8, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Well I guess this pales in comparison to the 200,000 jobs lost due to NAFTA signed into law by Pres. Clinton. How many Ohio jobs have been lost due to the price of energy, which the Democratic Congress couldn't be bothered to tackle before bailing on vacation? How many American jobs have been lost to illegal aliens, which Obama welcomes with open arms? Just go away Obama. Your 15 minutes are up.

    August 8, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. leon

    Senator Obama should also tell people in Ohio that he voted for the Bush energy bill in the senate to favor Oil companies and ethanol companies in Illinois while Senator McCain voted against. So tell the whole truth Obama instead of your usual half lies. You are such a cynical politician but Americans are finally seeing your real colors.

    PUMA here

    August 8, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. Unshrub

    Who cares that McCain helped to eliminate jobs in Ohio? Obviously, you are a republican. It is interesting to note however, Obama's ad is about job, while McCain’s ads are about celebrities. Obama’s ads are factual and McCain’s ads are, well, even republicans admit they aren’t true.

    August 8, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. JA Cook

    Surely John McCain wouldn't succumb to such things. He's too honorable.

    Besides, his attention has been on war, why would he be involved in domestic economics.

    August 8, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Obama's ads share substantive, quantifiable facts.....McCain's spew adolescent meanness INSTEAD of substance.....good indicators of the kind of President each would make.

    August 8, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. james,Fort Lauderdale

    to Fred Hermans

    you may not care but we do, when you have responsibility, a family to take care of , and you see your job taken away, you wanna know what happens, you wanna know who's responsible, your comment is selfish , i's unamerican, it shows all that matter for you is fuelling bad impression, pretending that you care about enerygy bill , who do you think you're fooling..I hope ypur job is recession proof.

    August 8, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. UV, New Jersey

    Mr. Obama, Tell me first how many jobs you created in your home state illinois before pointing finger at John McCain. You have done nothing as senator so stop playing blame game.

    August 8, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Mslola

    WHO CARES? WHO CARES? I'll tell you who cares, the people of Ohio, that's who cares. McSurge likes to lie about Senator Obama but he refuses to face the truth about his own actions and those that he surrounds himself with. There is an investgation in Ohio looking into this fact and McCain=Bush will have to answer for it.

    August 8, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. kelly WI

    Ya, right. Now McCain is running the state of Ohio and is the owner of DHL Good grief. !!! I suppose the socialist wants to take over OIL companies so he can control them. McCain did it all by himself? I wonder who the other Senators were who voted for it.
    The Egobamma has no creds.
    McCAin 08

    August 8, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Ed M

    Finally Obama get back at McSames smear and expose him for what he is... Wake up McSame supporters !!

    August 8, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Jeremy D @ UT

    Fred, Obama is in the Senate, not the House. How the hell can he vote on an Energy Bill when the House is not in session.

    Lemme tell you who cares, voters who were charmed by McCain 8 years ago, but are going to have to realize that this is no the same man. He is lying and being manipulative in terms of portraying issues and candidates. He isn't upfront and he is pandering. I care, alone with anyone else who is curious about why a man would change so dramatically to win an election. How much would he change and lie to stay elected? We see how much Bush and Cheney have.

    Fred, stay home on November 4th since you don't care.

    August 8, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. BR

    It's all McCain's fault that global economics are occuring. Isolationism, that will show em. You kool aid drinkers need to wake up

    August 8, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Gerry in Virginia

    Yes Mr, Obama gets contributions from the oil companys employees and we know and it is legal because they declare it. On the other hand, alot of the money McBush gets comes from BUNDLERS who collect sums from third party donors and hand it over to the McOilman team. We don't know who donates to his campaign But we DO KNOW that large contributions to Mr. McOilman from a "large donor" (a bundler named HARRY SARGEANT) in Florida is under investigation because investigators found that Mr Sargeant was recieving moneys from foriegners who are interested in influncing our election.... Now he (McBushoilman) does say he will give 50.000 of it back but tell us Mr. McBushoilman how many thousands of dollars did you get from foriegn interests that you didn't give back...?????

    August 8, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Bill in CT

    Go get em Barack! McCain needs some push back and too often gets the free ride!

    August 8, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Laura

    Senator Obama is not being quite acurate in the facts. After the deal went through in 2003, the Senate agreed to accept the proposal by DHL to buy Airborne Express for $1.05 billion.

    What happened after that was an economic gain for the community of Wilminton OH which lasted several years.

    Now a lot of businesses (even Toyota) are struggling with the economy the way it is; and, feel that it is no one persons fault that DHL may have to delete some 8,000 jobs. At least Senator McCain took the time to meet with the interested parties to try to help.

    That is a hands on approach. Doing not just saying. That is what we need in a POTUS.

    Laura, Boston

    August 8, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Greg285

    Who cares? Everyone should care! You wouldn't have that attitude if it was affecting your community like those in Wilmington, OH. And for the record, I live in Maryland and I'm not affected by this layoff, but I do care about those families...

    August 8, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. Obamalism

    I'm sure the blame is all John McCains. Chances are, the old comapany was failing, and ALL would have lost their jobs had DHL not bought it out.

    Oh, don't forget to blame George Bush.

    August 8, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Eric from SD

    Edwards for VP!!!

    August 8, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. Phil

    John Edwards just admitted to his extramarital affair. How convenient CNN or MSNBC hasn't run any coverage of this story in the past week or so. And Democrats want to say the media isn't left wing ran! hahaha!

    August 8, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. John

    Yeah, Larry. The Dems are responsible for the mess we are in. Such an intellectual comment.

    Really, Big Deb? Obama is a NAFTA believer? I thought that was Hill (she certainly helped push it through).

    And Joe...oh, forget it. Your brilliant entry speaks for itself.

    Obama in a landslide.

    August 8, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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