August 12th, 2008
10:40 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama ad slams McCain on not protecting jobs

Obama's campaign released an anti-McCain radio ad Tuesday.
Obama's campaign released an anti-McCain radio ad Tuesday.

(CNN)— Barack Obama’s campaign released a new radio ad Monday that paints John McCain as uninterested in protecting jobs for American companies like Harley Davidson, a major employer in the town of York, Pennsylvania, where the Arizona senator is holding a town hall today.

The 60 second spot, “Motorcycle,” draws upon a speech McCain gave in South Dakota where he mocked Obama’s Berlin speech, claiming he “will take the roar of 50,000 Harleys any day.”

The announcer says, “But when it comes to his record, American-made motorcycles like Harleys don’t matter to John McCain.”

“Back in Washington, McCain opposed a requirement that the government buy American-made motorcycles.”

In 2003, the Arizona senator introduced an amendment that ended the ‘Buy America’ requirement on government purchases of equipment.

Full script after the jump

The latest Obama radio ad, which is airing in Pennsylvania, is the most recent in a series of anti-McCain spots looking to tie his campaign stops to threatened jobs in the communities he visits.

On Friday, while McCain campaigned in Ohio, Obama’s campaign released an ad saying the presumptive Republican nominee and his campaign manager Rick Davis were partly responsible for the potential loss of thousands of Ohio jobs.

"Motorcycle"

(motorcycle roaring in background)

Listen to John McCain speaking to motorcycle enthusiasts in Sturgis, South Dakota on Tuesday.

“Not long ago a couple hundred thousand Berliners made a lot of noise for my opponent. I will take the roar of 50,000 Harleys any day.”

But when it comes to his record, American-made motorcycles like Harleys don’t matter to John McCain.

Back in Washington, McCain opposed a requirement that the government buy American-made motorcycles.

And he said all Buy American provisions were quote “disgraceful.”

Surprised? You shouldn’t be.

This is the same John McCain who supported billions in tax breaks for companies who ship American jobs overseas …

(motorcycle roaring in background)

It’s time to hear the roar of a strong American economy again, and stop John McCain from shipping our jobs overseas.

“I’m Barack Obama, candidate for President and I approved this message. Paid for by Obama for America.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. ben

    I dont belueve in miracles. I wish they could happen , but they wont. If they could happen, I would love to see an independent win the election and every incumbent in washington sent home! A pox on both these two worthless partys

    August 12, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. rhonimus

    Nice!

    August 12, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Kevin-Seattle

    Go on the offensive........

    August 12, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Robert

    This is more than just true .Sending American Jobs to China has become the Republican trademark.

    August 12, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Milton, Harrisburg, PA

    Well, why wouldn't McCain prefer foreign companies. After all, he was born in Panama, not the US.

    August 12, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. ben

    Ron Paul is the best republican we have in our party. I would have voted for him.

    August 12, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. anonymous

    Write in Ron Paul for president. Maybe we need an Independent for a change.

    August 12, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Vicki

    Well at least McCain VOTED! 70% of the time Obama voted "present" instead of a YES or a NO. Talk about total B.S. Obama is WAYYY to inexperienced to run this country!

    August 12, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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