August 15th, 2008
12:42 PM ET
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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. " 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. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    This is not nasty enough! – more are coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    McCain's worth over $100 million... He owns 10 houses... He flies around on a $12.6 million corporate jet... He walks around in $520 loafers. If John McCain lost his Social Security, he'd get by just fine. Would you?"

    More: "John McCain wants to gamble with our Social Security... John McCain started receiving Social Security when he turned 65. But now he has a risky scheme to privatize Social Security - threatening our benefits."

    August 15, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. RB Texas

    Another misleading Obama ad.

    Obama is an elitist ,misleading the country with his constant changes on policy. One day his for one thing and the next day he changes his mind.

    Obama- Yesterday-No drilling Today, Yes I support drilling???????
    Obama- Yesterday-No Troop Surge, will not work Today-Troop surge is working??????????????

    Obama-No experience, no values, changes his policies on a daily basis.

    McCain- A proven war hero, a leader we can count on during tough times.

    Go McCain

    August 15, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Atta boy - gotta fight nasty with nasty. I don't like nasty, but sadly it seems necessary in order to have Joe Q Public believe a candidate is 'strong' on an issue.

    Go get 'em, Barack. He asked for it.

    August 15, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. TWT

    True can be nasty

    August 15, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If there was some connection to a campaign, it is going to caught and exploited by the other. How is this different than anything related to Obama?

    August 15, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Abby

    Democrates for McCain=Democrats voting against their best interests. If hate and fear inspires you to throw the economy, women’s rights, healthcare and peace away, you have only yourselves to blame.

    August 15, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. REA

    john mccain is just a crook he seem to be napping alot, thinking he can talk to americans and tell us anything and we will believe what he say, well some of you uneducated poor people will and he is counting on just that OBAMA 08

    August 15, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. ANGIE

    45 white female

    August 15, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Brian Phoenix AZ

    John Mcbush paved the way for more lost jobs than just at DHL. UMMMMM, Boeing comes to mind – remember the Airforce tanker to Airbus industries (France) John?

    August 15, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Lesley

    This is a perfectly legitimate ad. If you listen to the radio spot, it's merely highlighting facts that the news media chooses to overlook on behalf of John McCain. McCain needs to be vetted in this campaign and his past voting record and Washington deals should be brought into the public eye.

    August 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Mike

    If the (Custom Italian) Shoe Fits, then wear it McBush. The Republicans have sent and are sending, tens of thousands of US jobs overseas.

    August 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. db

    The Mendacity of Hype.

    August 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. TWT

    Karen in Florida

    Stating facts is the low road?

    You are ignorant!

    August 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Barry Soetoro

    Interesting.... Isn't McCain an Arizona Senator?

    Wonder what the Ohio Senators were doing at the time?

    PS: Barry... you forgot this part of the original deal...

    None of that was anticipated in 2003, when McCain and Davis, who was a Washington lobbyist before managing the presidential campaign, first got involved. Several Wilmington civic leaders said that what happened in 2003 created an economic gain for their community, lasting several years.
    The move boosted the economy in Clinton County, which is between Columbus and Cincinnati. Bob Gray, an executive at the air park, estimates the net gain was about 1,000 jobs.

    August 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. susan

    I live in Ohio and its a shame of whats happening to the state. I voted for Bush in 00 and 04 but McCain would not be getting my vote.

    August 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. Tony

    If your entire life is based on your DHL job, then you've got problems that no president could solve.

    And these "attack" ads are SOOOOO lame! Letting a foreign company buy an American shipping company - oh no, how corrupt! How could he do that, no foreign companies have ever bought American companies before!

    Ha! Cracks me up. Almost as lame as the "McCain new someone that nearly everybody in Congress knows, and that guy knows someone who committed a crime. Ooooooooooo!"

    August 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. s katz

    read the whole article .. here's the first para from

    There's at least some truth in both ads: German-based DHL announced a deal that could result in 8,200 lost jobs in Wilmington, Ohio. And McCain did in fact oppose an amendment that would have kept DHL from buying Wilmington-based Airborne Express. McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, was also a DHL lobbyist charged with easing the merger through the Senate.

    There is some truth to the ads. As we said, as many as 8,200 workers in Wilmington are likely to lose their jobs as a result of DHL's decision to outsource to UPS. It's also true that in 2003, some senators supported legislation that was designed to make German-owned DHL's purchase of U.S.-owned Airborne Express less attractive. McCain did in fact oppose the legislation. And it's true that DHL paid $185,000 to the firm of Rick Davis, McCain's campaign manager, to lobby for the merger (the $590,000 cited in the AFL-CIO mailer represents the entire amount that Davis' firm collected from DHL during Davis' tenure, most of which went for lobbying on other measures). But it's misleading to say, as Obama does, that McCain "used his influence" to help DHL "buy a U.S. company and gain control over" the 8,200 jobs in question. The AFL-CIO's claim that McCain "could have stopped the deal" is one we find dubious, to say the least.


    Of course, Rick Davis was involved in getting the deal to go through.

    August 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Proud Army and Navy Mom

    Here we go Dems at it again with all the smears and lies.......If you want the truth about Obama pick up the new book. After reading it I wouldnt let him run a lawn care service.

    August 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Jason

    Must be nice to be Obama and have absolutely no position on anything.

    Then you can bash anyone for actually having a position.

    Politics as usual. We're back to the Clinton day folks!

    Governing by the polls!

    Obama, a change back to the Clinton Corruption

    August 15, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. CMSgt Preston

    What amazes me is that the overwhelming of Obama supporters on this blog are men and the overwhelming majority of McCain supporters are women. Yet McCain has a zero percent voting record on all women's rights issues in his ENTIRE three decades in DC. This is kind of crazy in retrospect.

    August 15, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Filipina

    Go Obama attack him very hard and exposed the real McSenile.

    August 15, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Pops

    How can they take excerpts from to prove their point? If they are willing to do that, what about citing McCain for being saying "misleading" and "false" things about Obama's tax plan?

    August 15, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. S. Boatman


    August 15, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Roberta: Gome home and cry yourself asleep!

    August 15, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. RealityKing

    Blame game..., again??

    August 15, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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