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. Dem

    Look at McCain's "jokes"... do you think he really cares about people?

    Look at Karl Roves "jokes"... do you think.... oh, nevermind.

    August 8, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Barack the Vote in RI

    I can't wait for the first debate!!!!

    August 8, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. An observer on Aruba

    I honestly can't imagine that somebody will vote McCain because he's McCain. I can imagine though that a republican vote for Obama because he is Obama.

    McCain is too much "same old, same old' to vote for. Obama is too different not to vote for.

    I hope that Americans not chicken out on Obama.

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

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


    Nice piece of investigating Kathryn....some of us blogger do more than the MSM does in presenting the facts. Hope you Obamabots read Kathryn's blog and see the double standard set by the Obama campaign.

    Laura, Boston

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

    Good, he should have ended with....we see why McCain would rather talk about Paris Hilton and Magazine covers.

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. mary, colorado springs

    McCain is trying to play both sides of the field. He's too old for the job as President; from where I sit, he is getting senile and isn't thinking straight. And before anyone criticizes me for playing the age card, I'm an 80-year-old white woman who knows senility when she sees it.
    His foolish childish TV ads attacking Obama are a case in point. Instead of presenting his plans, he's trying to disintegrate Obama with TV ads, and all he is doing is making a fool of himself. We need a younger person with futuristic ideas for our country, not some old man who is desperate and striking out blindly at his opponent uselessly. We need Obama, not an old man who has no vision of the future. Obama is the one who will head this country in the right direction. McCain's lies and inuendos won't work.

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    That "Anthony Soprano" attitude of Obama was long in coming.....firing back and firing back hard is going to get McCain's goat.........and if there is truth in his statement, McCain is going to have tough time defending that.......because you see, celebrities don't cause loss of jobs......they stimulate the economy.

    August 8, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Mike from Newport, KY

    Gosh, if Barack says it, it must be true.....hahahaha

    Politics as usual..............

    August 8, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. jim

    Sraight talk express has lost another bearing. won,t be long and all the wheels will be lost.

    August 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. KG

    The problem with the ad is (like most political ads) it tells a slanted view of the story. In reality, Ohio job losses began long before Bush, McCain, or the Republicans. The bkle collar job losses for Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, etc, etc began under a Democrat name Bill Clinton through an agreement called NAFTA. So.....if you believe the Democrats are going to somehow protect your jobs, you're kidding yourself.

    August 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. kelly WI

    Wonder how many jobs will leave the country when Bomma taxes them to high heaven.
    Get your planet saving Nancy to get back to work instead of being on a book tour. Oh heck, we know, she would lose the energy vote and she sure doesn't want that.
    Private companys are in business to make money period.
    Put a windfall tax on Hollywood and G. Soros. They make more profit than Oil cos.
    If all the other countries in the world can drill for oil and gas why can't we? If drilling is bad than why are we doing it at all?
    This congress and senate has got to go!!!! They are just acting petculant because they dont control it. Bunch of little whiners.
    Turn out the lights in Vegas, Reid. save energy. Would like to see the day that happens.
    McCain 08

    August 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Dexter

    Poor old John McCane... Obama is going to destroy him by using his own record.

    August 8, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. mary, colorado springs

    PS: I'm tired of hearing him say "my friends". No way in Hell would I be friends with him. His insincerity is blatant and obvious.

    August 8, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. fafa

    – "This is funny coming from Obama who is a NAFTA believer"- DEBBY

    Obama is neither a NAFTA or CAFTA believer. Get your information right

    August 8, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. alice milton

    I'am so sick and tired of mccain. He will say anything to get elected what;s next blame obama if the sky falls...............

    August 8, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. james

    August 8th, 2008 2:44 pm ET
    In response to the below:
    "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."

    We tell companies who they can buy all the time. There are laws against monopolies, and sec rules and the like that are good for the American people in general. Or, would you rather revert back to the boss tweed days where workers have NO rights at all?

    August 8, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Diantha Matistic

    I'd like to see both Presidential candidates encourage the voters of Ohio to support the proposed American-owned casino resort that could bring thousands of jobs to the Wilmington area. This issue will be put before Ohio voters in November. While we can't do anything about losing a major employer we can certainly support another one establishing in an area that will be hard-hit by the DHL closing. Both McCain and Obama should stop blaming each other for things outside their control and take a proactive approach to the unemployment problems the citizens of Clinton County Ohio will face in the coming years.

    August 8, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. CP-Texas


    You are not informed.

    Congress feared that allowing a foreign-owned company manage air commerce could threaten national security. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, tried to insert language prohibiting a foreign-owned carrier from flying military equipment or troops.

    Until McCain step up pressure on Stevens, another Rep. CROOK, and got him to drop the legislation.

    You are ignorant!

    August 8, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Down with Obama

    Obama will cost them more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. karen-phoenix

    McCain has been in Washington for 26 years!! Did he change anything? NO! He voted with Bush over 96% of the time. Sent jobs out of the country and made the rich get richer and poor get poor. How can you people even think of voting for this old, very old man who pays over $500 for a pair of shoes and has 8 houses. Get a grip American or all your kids will wind up in McCain army when he reinstates the draft so we can bomb, bomb and bomb some more!!

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

    No, Mike from Newport, don't go there. It's not true because Obama said it. It's true because McCain refuses to dump all of those lobbyists from his campaign. This was bound to happen. You do know McCain's not too bright, don't you?

    August 8, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    Bingo! McLame and his repugs advisors have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

    People of Ohio take note – McLame has cost you jobs in the past and if you vote for him this fall he will cost you even more jobs!

    If you don't (or can't for whatever private reasons you have) vote for Obama then don't vote at all – that's the only option you have now that the truth is out ...

    August 8, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Well there will be cowpies in the meadow...
    But according to my data–McCain wasn't the only Senator who approved the DHL sale....hmmm....what other influential Senators were invovled in that deal?

    This occurred in 2003 by the way...

    What crystal ball would have helped him avert the shrinking and consolidation that is part and parcel of todays economy?

    August 8, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. Truely a Democrat

    I like it as well. Keep them coming Obama!!!

    Exxon/McSame '08

    August 8, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. KH

    McCain is taking quite some time to choose his running mate, he has wrapped up the nomination for months before Obama and he is still uncertain of whether to choose Bush, Chenney or Exxon as his running mate. Someone should help him with bumper stickers:

    McCain/Exxon 08

    August 8, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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