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. Bobby, Triangle, VA

    Finally we have a democratic party that will not back down and will fight fire with fire!!!!!!

    Go Obama!!!!!

    August 15, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. el polacko

    the independent factcheck found the ads claims to be untruthful. is this how barack intends to win.. with lies, whining, and charges or racism ?? 'new politics' ? .. sounds like a typical chicago-style political hatchet job to me.

    August 15, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Sean

    CNN, you are a sham of a news organization. You report on McCain's blatant smears without pointing out they are smears, but are quick to jump down Obama's throat when he does the same. You're no better than Fox News – at least they're up front about their bias.

    As for Obama, I say keep on smearing. If lies are what the American public wants, and lies are what's going to get their attention, then lies are what they should get. But on the other hand, there's so much awful truth about McCain that they shouldn't have to make things up in the first place.

    August 15, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Renee

    Listen Republicans just because Mccain was a war hero who was lock up most of his war time don'nt make him fit to be President. Vote NO to Mccain because we don't need another Bush running this country to the ground.

    August 15, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. TXBad1 Never for Obama (X-Dem)

    Ok is not Obama a senator, why has he not Been in senate to Vote on issues, No one to blame but him self, another Lame Obama cry!

    August 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Caryn, Washington DC

    I love it!!!!! Right back at you old man...we need no stinkin' patches.

    August 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    Obama strikes back! In your face McStooge! All you McCainnites shouldn't even talk about Obama taking the low road; what’s the matter, you can’t stand to hear the truth? PLEASE! The low road is the only play the GOP knows how to run! Get Real!

    August 15, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Leon

    Airborne was bleeding money in 2003 (19 million dollar loss, following years of shrinking profits). If it weren't for DHL those jobs would have disappeared long ago. Then you could have said, well John McCain did nothing to save AE...

    August 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. NEVEROBAMA

    @ s.boatman

    Read the bottom of this ad this is a lie!!!

    Just like Obama's change message is a lie!!!

    August 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. NotFallingInLine.org

    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."

    OUCH!

    Knoxville

    August 15, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Jim in Orlando

    Yeah, blame McCain for the job losses. Global warming while you're at it. Let's not forget "McWar" .... he starts all wars, that's it ! In fact, he's so old, he and his caveman cronies caused the extinction of the dinosaurs ... its true ! Send in the Messiah, Dohbama !

    August 15, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Brian - Trinidad

    I know how Obama can win this argument.Just tell them how many jobs you created since you were elected to the senate about 2yrs ago.Lets see....that will tell us how many jobs you will create as President in your first 2 years in office.

    August 15, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. John - Houston

    Wait, how did he pave the way? How many foreign companies own American companies already without government involvment. Several companies in America are owned by foreign companies and vice versa. So how is this McCain's fault, wouldn't it be the fault of the company who sold to the foreign company.

    and let's be frank, numerous people live in scarely populated regions all around these United States, and some also live in Areas that are not economically feasible to business in. We do not live in that kind of society and haven't for a long time where you can get by without currency. Is it the governments fault for people not wanting to migrate towards work? That is what happend in the Great Depression.

    Some of you people who write on here seem highly uneducated, and dooped into campaign slogans and commercials. I am voting for McCain but in no way do I think he is the best man for the job, just better at doing that job then Obama. Of course that is my opinion and others differ.

    August 15, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. steve

    i like how all the obamabots conveniently skip the part where it says factcheck calls nobama's smears unsubstantiated.
    and he's the one campaigning on this platform of a "new brand" of politics.
    the only funny part of that is that you bought it, hook line and sinker.

    if anything, the ad reflects positively on mccain, who they are saying brokered a deal to BRING 8,000 jobs to ohio. 5 years later the company does what they want and somehow mccain is to blame? sorry but is he the ceo? is he on the board?

    talk about grasping for straws nobama.
    now let's see some more obamaniacs flaring up the threads and frothing at the mouth over these absurd hypocritical smear tactics from nobama

    August 15, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. GoHillary

    BEWARE of the Obama socialist movement. I have lived in the UK and the only ones who benefit from socialism are the lazy and work shy who live their lives claiming benefits from the state and the workers and companies are taxed by an increasing number of stealth taxes.

    August 15, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Election Watcher

    Don't fall for Obama's lies. The fact is that Obama's policies and initiatives as an Illinois state senator have contributed enourmously to the near bankruptcy of their neighboring states of Michigan and Ohio. There's where these jobs are going.
    How'd you like them apples, Barry?

    August 15, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Barney - Walmart Employee

    Britney's outragous claims have cost him even more credibility.
    The Walmart union is now backing Obama, here is our slogan:

    WALMART WALMART IS YOUR STORE BACK OBAMA BECAUSE

    YOUR POOR

    August 15, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. proud army and navy mom

    good job sen obama, hit the repugs hard on mcwar record.

    How anyone could vote for that mcsenile is beyond me.

    August 15, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. John - Houston

    sorry it should have been "than" than "then"

    August 15, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. The Oracle

    Lol. I love it!!!!!!!!!!! Ya'll ever notice how it seems like repugs and their supporters have big fists but weak chins??????

    August 15, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. ArrogantObama

    Obama is fighting the smear campaign? I think he's running the smear campaign. How hypocritical of you to use lies to smear someone but when it's done to you it's foul. Can't have it both ways Obama.

    August 15, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Puffin

    Where is the "high road" now, Obama? Getting right down there in the snake pit, aren't you???
    Karen in Flordai
    _______
    This is the HIGH ROAD! People want more jobs NOT more wars. People want stronger economy and not sending their money to pay for expensive military equipment in other countries!

    People want health care and not funding Iraqi's corrupt Government.

    McCain’s DOD budget is about $50 billion per months $10 billion for Iraq. Don't you just love that?

    August 15, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. McCain’s PHONY EXPRESS

    McCain's campaign manager was the top lobbyist for the DHL deal. 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.

    McCain should have known better. He approved a foreign company to take over and look what happened!

    August 15, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Matt: honestly

    One thing Obama has figured out. If you are going to have people use nasty campaign tactics against you, you have to fight back!

    August 15, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Andrew

    The Democrats control the Senate and Congress. They have doen nothing to help the average American. We haven't left the Democratic Party, the Democratic party has left us!

    August 15, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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