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. PUMA 4 HILL

    The say and do anything empty suited candidate (presumtive).

    What a horror! Can't happen. If it does I guess I'll hold my breath for another 8 years.

    Ross Perot, where are you!

    August 8, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. jimmy


    August 8, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Chuck

    Obama won't win Ohio. It doesn't matter.

    August 8, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Will the real John McCon please stand up.

    August 8, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    I am a resident from the State of Illinois. I would just like to know what my "Senator" has done for me in the State of Illinois. Never heard about him while he was in the Illinois State Senate. Once he got elected to the US Senate he left the state to raise money and run for the US Presidency.

    August 8, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Dan

    Lest we not consider the number of jobs McCain has helped secure when jobs are moving out of the US. Being someone who comes from outside the US (the UK) i find it disappointing that CNN is unable to offer a balanced view on McCain vs Obama. The polling difference is around 5%, not a great chasm as stories on the website may suggest. Whilst news websites write off a candidate who is running against a candidate the nation is unsure about, its credibiliy is seriously undermined.

    John McCain has the strength to guide America and the experiance to manage the operation of the White House, Obama, whilst appealing, does not yet have these qualities.

    August 8, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Zaggs

    And now the truth can be told and Obama again exposed as a liar. McCain did not lobby or aid a merger between airborne express and DHL. He had Ted Stevens pull a bill (which considering it was stevens who knows what was in there) that would prohibit foreign carriers from moving US military supplies. Airborne Express thought the bill was aimed at sabotaging its merger with DHL, a merger that was back in 2003 (aka 5 years ago). Rick Davis has not worked for DHL since 2005 or known as 3 years ago.
    Oh and McCain has called for a federal probe into DHL's idea of flying their freight on UPS to be offloaded onto DHL trucks. Guess Obama would rather talk and leave the walking to McCain.

    August 8, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    mcWAR Russia withdrawing from Geogia means DEFEAT!

    August 8, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Andy

    "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."

    So Obama is blaming McCain because the rise in oil prices are causing companies to cut people. Maybe if DHL inflates all their truck tires they could keep the jobs there. Of course don't know how this will apply to aircraft since they run on OIL!!!!!

    August 8, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Sue Ellen Stamp

    I love it! It's about time that Obama's camp went for the truth about McCain. Keep searching you'll find lots of stuff under the rug..don't only find it, use it!


    August 8, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Richard Rohde

    I notice this is still open, but comments regarding John Edwards story closed even though it fresher. And so it goes, CNN didn't report the Edwards story three weeks ago when it broke (neither did MSNBC) but the give the liberals extra time to lavish their slavish praise on Obama.
    Democratic hypocrites.

    August 8, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. gene

    to Joe Kiloz...

    You're either blind or Stupid... I don't know which. First off... how long should Obama turn the other cheek while McCain throws out NOTHING but negative ads... he's done nothing but bash Obama in EVERY single ad. At this point... Obama has no choice but to throw in a jab or two here and there. Obama is the one trying to stick to issues... McCain puts down Obama with every sentence. If you can't see that.. you've gotta be living in a cave.

    Second.. the Elitist comment is the dumbest comment ever. How can you call Obama an elitist when McCain is worth 100 times more, grew up privelaged, and has done nothing to help the common man. Personally... I don't even see anything wrong with being an elitist. God forbid that the person running for president strives to be better and above the common person. You know.. maybe we should have Joe the fry cook run for president instead of someone striving to be elite. People like you are the reason Bush has been in office for 8 years. You close your eyes and ears and just see and hear what you want. Just like all the idiots saying that Obama is an empty suit with no policies to run on.. when Obama outlines many policies in detail on his site.. and talks about them constantly.,, while McCain can't shut up about drilling and the surge... even though every economist has agreed that neither would be advantageous to us.

    August 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. seeing the truth

    Kathryn August 8th, 2008 2:46 pm ET

    Maytag Plant shuts down and moves to Mexico, putting 1,600 people out of work.
    Obama had a special connection to Maytag: Lester Crown, one of the company's directors and biggest investors whose family, records show, has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Obama's campaigns since 2003. But Crown says Obama never raised the fate of the Galesburg plant with him.
    Beyond such talk, there is little evidence that Obama went to any lengths to fight the Galesburg shutdown. Some analysts say his ties to the Crowns–Lester's son, James, is the Illinois finance chairman of Obama's presidential run–leave him open to criticism.
    sweetie...IF you want to play a game of fire with fire, i suggest you do your Lowell Paxson, how he contributed over $100,000.00 to McCain and then McCain writing 2 letters to the FCC recommending they allow Paxson to purchase a Pitts. TV station. try not to burn yourself Hon.

    August 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Laura


    I hate to put something sour in you Kool-aid but Obama (as was reported by WorldNet Daily back in February 2008) was the first presidential candidate to declare support for the NAFTA expansion.

    He was also the keynote speaker at a luncheon of the Hamilton Project – a Wall Street group working to drive a wedge between Democrats and organized labor on globalization issues.

    All you have to do is google and you have the candidates own words and don't have to rely on the MSM's biases for every newsworthy point.

    Laura, Boston

    August 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Joe G

    Obama is a fraud – I'm sick of of looking at him.

    August 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Sherry, Atlanta


    1- MORE WARS


    Look at his Personal Life !!!

    August 8, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. TheTruthHurts

    He shoots, he scores!!!!

    (if it's true that is).

    August 8, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Beto

    Obama should also cite that the State of Illinois has a higher than average unemployment rate, somewhere in the range of about 6.8%. What kind of excuse does he have for those statistics? Well.....uh......I, uh.............

    August 8, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Paris

    Exxon is paying Obama not McCain.

    Get your facts right Democrats.

    CNN why my 1st comment is still pending moderation while many more after mine is posted.

    CNN shame on you.

    August 8, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Richard Rohde

    Anybody want to talk about Kwame Kilpatrick, another fine Democrat? Or a we just content on this blog to rehash lies and untruths about Bush, Cheney and McCain. Hypocrites.

    August 8, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Ron

    Finally, a democrat that will go for the jugular not shy away from the issue.

    August 8, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    Great call! Its about time the world knows who McCain really is.....

    August 8, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Jay

    If Ohio folks think McCain cost them jobs, wait 'til Obama runs them into the ground with his tax-and-spend strategies that will reward none but the most slothful members of society.

    August 8, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Dustin

    Sounds like "new politcs" right? That isn't the same old politics at all. Hypocrite much?

    August 8, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Jason

    Ah, and the Obama camp is supposed to be above these type of ads? It's so funny watching the Obama supporters blast McCain when he says something negative about Obama, but when the opposite happens, suddenly it is a great thing

    Folks, let's have equal standards on both candidates, huh? Obama is supposed to be above this type of politicking, and by putting out ads like this, he proves he is right in the Washington politics as usual camp that he so vigorously tries to deny he is in.

    August 8, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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