August 15th, 2008
12:42 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama ad in Ohio again blames McCain for looming job losses

Obama’s campaign released its another ad blaming McCain for the potential loss of Ohio jobs.
Obama’s campaign released its another ad blaming McCain for the potential loss of Ohio jobs.

(CNN) - One week after Barack Obama's campaign released a tough new Ohio radio ad that said Sen. John McCain and his campaign manager Rick Davis were partly responsible for the potential loss of thousands of jobs in the state, the presumptive Democratic nominee launched a TV spot Friday that makes the same charge.

Shipping company DHL is considering moves that would result in the loss of than 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio. McCain visited the town last Thursday, as workers continued to protest the proposed cuts.

"If DHL - if something happens - it's going to be like a ghost town," says local resident Chris Fisher in the 30-second spot. Morrow, Ohio resident Ed Rutherford tells viewers "I thought I was doing a good job providing for my family. And to have that taken away..." he says emotionally, adding later: "it's tough times. When it's a foreign entity, coming in and sucker punching us. That's how this felt."

"In Washington, John McCain helped pave the way for foreign-owned DHL to take over an American shipping company," says the announcer. "McCain's campaign manager was lead lobbyist for the deal. Now, thousands of Ohio jobs at risk."

The McCain camp quickly sent reporters excerpts of a report from FactCheck.Org criticizing the Obama claims. "FactCheck.org just released a report calling Obama’s recent ads accusing John McCain of costing Ohio jobs 'false,' 'misleading' and 'unsubstantiated,'" said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers. "It’s now clear that the Obama campaign’s attack on John McCain and the DHL issue - which Obama campaign manager David Plouffe called 'the most important development in the campaign' - is based on a lie."

Last Friday, the Obama radio ad timed to coincide with McCain's visit, and an AFL-CIO flier sent to 100,000 Ohio union households, made the same claims.

Listen: Obama campaign manager David Plouffe discusses the campaign's DHL radio ad

In response, the McCain team organized a conference call last week featuring an Ohio resident whose question to McCain at a July town hall was excerpted in the Obama radio spot.

Listen: The McCain campaign blasts the Obama radio ad in a conference call with reporters

The Obama campaign also ran a Pennsylvania radio ad last week that accused McCain of failing to protect U.S. motorcycle manufacturing jobs, as the Arizona senator visited the city of York, hometown of Harley-Davidson.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Ohio • Political ads
soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. Annette, Washington, DC

    McCain has been an statesman in the senate for quite a while, please tell me what has he done for the workers in Ohio, heck in Pennsylvania and Kentucky too. Can somebody name one thing he has done to benefit this economy?

    August 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Truth Always Hurt

    Mccain drew first blood !!! he started with the celebrity stuff . I think it is about time that Obama starts getting serious and not allow the GOP cronies to spread lies. It is a fact that Mccain wrote a bill sponsoring the take over of DHL , and defended it that it was good for business..And now that the plant is closing in Ohio where people are hurting he wants to cry like a little girl be a man own up to it . I thought you were suppose to be a maverick but your policies are very similar to the present moron in the white house well done Mccain.

    August 15, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Perla

    I don't know about the specifics of DHL in Ohio, but I do know that McCain is all about the so-called free trade agreements that have sent U.S. jobs abroad. So I'm thinking the ad was more truthful than not.

    McSame will continue to suck up to corporations and those in the highest income bracket. Anyone struggling to feed and house their families at the end of Dubya's reign HAS to know that Obama is the only major candidate even INTERESTED in turning the economy around. The very fact that McDubya continually misrepresents Obama's promise to raise taxes for the wealthy as a tax-hike for all, shows that even HE knows he can only hope to win by lying.

    Retire McCain with Bush. We need intelligent change.

    August 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Chuck

    Karen in Florida August 15th, 2008 2:15 pm ET – Where is the "high road" now, Obama? Getting right down there in the snake pit, aren't you??? Shall we start looking at everything you have voted for since you have been in office? Won't take long – you didn't vote on so very many issues, even those you say now are important to you. What a sham that CHANGE mantra is and how sad it is that so many of your supporters don't see it.

    Oh we see it Karen. We see it quite clearly. We see that although Obama still maintains a much higher level of character and fairness in his soul versus that of your Mr. Attack McCain, we also understand that Obama may have to play a little rough in order to ensure that a higher level of character and fairness finds its way into the Whitehouse. If that menas lowering oneself to the same level of McCain on this campaign playing field then so be it. What's the matter. You guys can dish it out but you can't take it.

    August 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Debby

    So factcheck said it was false. Well why am I not surprised. What are Obama's plans for the people in Ohio. Oh wait he can't be reached he is playing golf again.

    August 15, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. factcheck corsi

    Corsi is the real liar and McCain thinks lying is fun

    You can expect the next 4 years to go just like the last 8 years.
    All lies

    August 15, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. McCain=the draft

    Expose McCain for what he is: ANOTHER disaster for this country!

    August 15, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    So Obama is a different sort of politician? Looks like he lies better than most. Obamatron drones; before you get all fired up, check Factcheck. Junior is nothing but lies. If he wants to play this way, watch out. The swift boaters are just getting warmed up. By the time this campaign is over, half of America will think Obama is a Muslim, Communist, child molester. Junior is like a high school quarterback trying out for the NY Giants. I hope Corsi's new book sells 10 million copies.

    August 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. jason, texas

    Ok, but McCain did not back the stephenson bill (I think that's right). He is part of the problem and therefore voted against keeping their jobs. Sorry, but he is to blame. Lets not water this down CNN.

    August 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Dick in Statesboro

    Sweet and gentlemanly doesn't cut it when swiftoboaters and other Republican offal fire up their cannons. Obama is showing some old-fashionered Democratic spunk to even up the noise level. You show 'em, Barack!

    August 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Venus

    Go get em' Bam!

    Knock McSame OUT!!!

    August 15, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. Catherine

    From the McCain's telephone conference, I feel for Mary and all the others that will lose their jobs soon but she is being naive to think that her little request to McCain one day produced a congressional hearing the next day. It's funny how Mary claims Obama is using this horrible situation as a political issue but doesn't see that McCain own actions for political gain.

    Those jobs are long gone and I feel for the State of Ohio because it’s because of NAFTA those jobs will be lost soon. Mary, McCain supports NAFTA and after he left your town hall meeting he went to Mexico and touted how great NAFTA was for the US.

    I wish the best for Mary and all the Ohioans out there…no matter who is elected.

    August 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. Venus

    Nice and clean truths!

    We don't have to get nasty, tell lies, or sling mud...

    Just hit McSame hard with the truth!

    Way to go Bam! Take him down!

    August 15, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. Susan, TX

    45 yo white female democrat for McCain August 15th, 2008 2:15 pm ET

    Obama will stoop to the lowest of lows to put his name in the history books. McCain had done more for this country before Obama got out of diapers, than obama can possibly dream of doing in his lifetime. That's all Obama is, a dreamer. I hear that's common with drug use.

    SEEING THIS POSTED IS SOME ONE WHO OBVIOUSLY DOESN'T BELEIVE IN DREAMS SHOULD COME TRUE. I AM DREAMER WE ALL ARE IT DOESN'T MEAN WE ARE USING DRUGS. IT'S CALLED HOPE YOU IDIOT!

    August 15, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    While obama is body surfing in Honolulu and other elite places, John McCain is working with Georgia to get the Russian Bear out of Georgia.

    What did you all expect from Obama? Nothing is what I expected and nothing is what we got.

    Hello Obama, we have an international crisis of epic proportions and here you are body surfing. Give us a break and resign and give your votes to McCain or Hillary.

    August 15, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. Red Rotor

    McCain totally asked for this. A shame Obama has been forced by incessant attack ads to respond in kind. Thankfully, once the DNC convention is over, there'll be a refreshed tune in his camp. McCain, better start praying for a miracle because your Rove-trained hit squad won't scare the voters this time.

    August 15, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. Red Blooded American

    Obama has no workable economic plan of his own so he falls back on blaming someone else. Same old same old from Obama and the Democrats.

    August 15, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. TX for OBAMA

    Hit him Hard Barrack!
    You don't need to play by the rule of truth against these 'Maggots'. Hit em where it hurts....

    OBAMA ' 08

    August 15, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. MDM

    McCain gets the blame for a Seante vote five years ago that kep the jobs in Ohio (at the time)...might have been better to let Airborne fail in 2003, maybe those folks would have found jobs by now....

    August 15, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Xavier---Virginia

    factcheck does not smack down this add. It's no where on factcheck. Republicans lie so much they can't even tell the truth anymore.

    August 15, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. Ron Bennett

    That’s nothing the Republican Party is trying to ship all the manufacturing aerospace jobs overseas if isn’t produced by Lockheed Martin or Northrop Grumman. They are led by such people as John McCain, Dick Chaney, John Warner, just to name a few. They are trying to rewrite the Boeing/EDS Tanker competition guidelines to favor the Europeans/ Northrop over Boeing and rushing a decision by December so George Bush has time to rubber stamp it, it is sickening. Several ex Republican Senators lobbied for European aerospace group EADS and locally for Northrop. Boeing is discouraged so much that they may not compete, the cards in the Bush Administration is heavily stacked against them.

    John McCain – lobbying women friend in his 2000 Primary race who was accused of having an affair with him lobbied for EADS. McCain killed the entire Boeing funding for the Tanker deal giving EADS / Northrop time to develop an alternative, and then refused to allow Boeing to modify their bid. Why is this important because McCain once said something like this “you can sit one Lockheed C-130 into every church in the nation and still have enough left over to supply enough support to our armed services,” but he worked with Warner, Trent Lott, and several other people to allow Lockheed another bid buying new C-130, although the Military was screaming for more tankers.

    Dick Chaney has old wounds with Boeing/McDonald Douglas, Donald Rumsfeld and him canceled some Boeing/McDonalds military orders in the Nixon Administration and refused to pay them for the work that was previously done.

    Dick Chaneys wife, Lynn Chaney, was on Lockheed board of directors before he became Vice President. Anything to bring Boeing down brings Lockheed stock up; Lockheed is Boeings main defense rival. Raising Lockheed’s net worth up would mean a huge capital gain in the Chaney’s trust fund, when Chaney leaves office his net worth should be in the billions.

    Remember some landmark decisions in the Bush administration were made for military procurements that unevenly favored Lockheed over Boeing such as, 200 billion Joint Striker competition won by Lockheed. Before Lockheed won it was customary to share some of the work with the looser of the bid but Lockheed refused to share any of the work with Boeing instead most of the work went overseas giving 20 percent of it to British Aerospace and many more other overseas suppliers.

    McCain refuses to bring pork barrel projects home to Arizona but will give away badly needed high paying manufacturing jobs overseas to appease the lobbyist that help him out with his campaign. Imagine what he will do if he gets elected president………..

    August 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. Donna in ID

    I find it strange that everyone thinks that one person can do all this alone as just one Senator. This is all part of the fall out from the NAFTA and the stupid free trade policies both parties backed and BOTH parties are to blame for the job losses and outsourcing of companies leaving us. . It is past time for this country to revamp everyone in DC and maybe get a 3rd party to rework all this trade stuff that is costing the American people their country along with their lively hoods. No one in any office seems to be able to handle it and secure our country and work force and keep the companies in the .

    August 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. MICHAEL

    Hey McCain, You and your cronies can dish it out but can't take it! The motto of McCain and the Republican Party, We will lie, cheat and steal. Anything to win..

    August 15, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. DR. YES

    attack with truth!!!

    August 15, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. Lacy

    Yes factcheck does call the add misleading, but there's still more truth in it than in any of McCain's smear adds. However, I think it's brilliant that McCain's camp are directing people to a site that frequently call his own adds "Lies" or "Misleading at best"

    Way to go McCainanites.

    August 15, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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