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
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  1. Montana is Obama Country

    Smack Down in Ohio...

    McCain cost Americans their jobs, their hoomes, their health insurance, their pensions, their SECURITY..

    How would you vote if it was your job, your pension, your home, your health insurance, your SECURITY..

    Vote NO to McBUSH.. He is a Bush THIRD TERM and will take you down to gain $$$ for his 10 homes, his pension, his Malibu Cindy , HIS WARS...!!

    VOTE NO to more of the SAME....!!

    August 15, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. McCan't getitdone

    Go Obama! Get ready for a new democratic President! McCan't is playing filthy politics..

    August 15, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Rick

    About time the Dems got into the swing of things. Play by Republican rules.

    Attack, Attack, Attack...

    Do not let up until you've won. It's not pretty by unfortunately it's effective.

    Go Obama

    August 15, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Gary Mutir

    Now it is clear who takes pride in ignorance.Of course the company executives had nothing to do with this.What`s wrong with foreign comapnies taking over some businesses anyway?It`s called investment.First,they whine about foreigners taking over American companies as if Americans do not that in other countries,they whine about free trade.They think prices went up because a bunch of scumbags just woke up and got greedy,nothing to do with supply and demand at all,they get mad at everyone who makes a lot of money.Who`s next?Next they are going to be blaming foreigners for everything,the Democrats are promoting xenophobia and the strange thing is they do not even know it.

    Aren`t u the ones who are educated?Besides,business is not conducted according to emotions.A business has to make profit to survive and sometimes to survive,you have to cut jobs or relocate.It is either that or the business goes belly up.A business is not a charity.What has John McCain got to do with this anyway?The democrats have done a good job convincing everyone that given the chance,they will shut down the military and just about every business.Maxine Waters already mentioned nationalizing the oil industry.Where does it stop?Next it`s gonna be telecommunications and just about everything.The commies are back.

    August 15, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. ChicagoJosh

    I'm happy that the McCain campaign discovered FactCheck. Maybe the can read it before they post EVERY single add. Hell, have someone read it to Johnny everytime he's about to open his mouth.

    Maybe this ad is misleading. It seems complicated and can be interepreted both ways. As opposed to McCain's ads, which are straight up lies about how "Democrats want to raise your taxes and don't care about America."

    Obama is not getting dirty by talking about McCain's history or policy plans. Obama would be dirty if he were talking about McCain's personal values and affairs.

    August 15, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. CC

    I think it's pretty much all fair game. Once a candidate states that another candidate (Obama) would rather lose a war than an election, that pretty much cuts the soul right out of that person. As much as anyone hates Barack (probably based in biased opinions) can anyone really dispute that fact that any person who has ever run for office loves this country and wants the best thing for it? Everyone has their own version, but the intentions are the same.
    So I say take the gloves off and pound the old man into dust. Bury the Repubs!!!!

    August 15, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. D R

    Some of you folks are really scary. I hope your ready to fight world war three, because if you vote for the same foreign policy that McCain is pushing, that's right where we are headed. It's a shame that we can't issue IQ test to some of the people writing on this blog! I cannot see this country lasting another year, funding wars that we cannot afford. Do you McCain folks think it's fair that all of your taxes are going to countries that care nothing for our welfare? Do you think it's fair that Iraq and your big oil men pocket all of the money coming from "the oil", while we fund and rebuild their country? How many wars fronts can we support? How much worse does the economy have to get before it gets the attention of your Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh gods.

    August 15, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Barr '08

    I love all the indignant McCain-lovers huffing about how Obama lied in a campaign ad!

    Can you spell hypocrite?!

    LOL

    August 15, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. FactCheck

    > McCain had done more for this country before Obama got out of
    >diapers

    This is true.. he voted for an unnecessary war which has crippled our economy, he took money from lobbyists in support of Georgia, he shamelessly vetoed benefits for service folks and his "economic" foresight has cost jobs. McCain really has been busy.

    August 15, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Mike Dallas

    Since McCrypt and Crew take the only road they know, the low road, I am proud to finally see Obama ambush them on said road.

    August 15, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. Tired of W, OH

    What do you think's going to happen to Cindy McCain's company (Anheiser-Busch) now that they've been bought out by a foreign-owned entity? I'm guessing the same thing as DHL. That's what happens when foreign companies take over. They'll allow the American portion of the company to run until there's a financial slow-down. Then they'll cut them. Budweiser employees, you've been warned.

    August 15, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. McCain is out of touch with America

    ... not just job losses in Ohio ... everywhere. McCain has stood shoulder to shoulder on Bush Inc. on everything for the last 8 years ... he owns this recession too.

    August 15, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. sarah

    Where's the campaign ad where Obama goes after McCain's horrid track record on women's issues? Women need to know how much McCain DOES NOT CARE that women get regular mammograms, equal pay at work, and equal treatment from insurance companies. He has not voted for A SINGLE women's health initiative in 30 years. It's sad.

    If you are a woman, or if you have a daughter, think hard about McCain and what his old-school boy's club mentality will do to our collective station in this country.

    Obama 08.

    August 15, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. kendall

    So what if the story was exagerated, thats all that the RNC does, glad to see Obama with the Cojones to strike back, make them work at their repuation, make them work harder than any RNC candidate has in recent history, it will benefits everyone.

    August 15, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Alex, USMC

    NEVEROBAMA– It's not really fair to call it a lie. McCain DID rally support against a measure that would have blocked this sale to DHL, or would have restricted it greatly.

    He DID have a campaign manager accept $185,000 to push this issue. This manager DID accept a grand total of over $500,000 from DHL while working for John McCain.

    And yes, if DHL never bought Airborne Express, they wouldn't be able to fire them (because they'd never have worked for DHL at all.

    But it's more a truth "streching" than a bold-faced lie.

    August 15, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. DR. YES

    all true,too.go obama!

    August 15, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. Laideatea

    My cousin phoned saying she is packing up and moving to California because she was laid off in Ohio.....I told her don't bother because California is laying-off state employees too. My cousin told me that her company was doing fine until McPain showed up.....I told her that everywhere he goes he causes pain to others.

    August 15, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If you think Obama is lying, then you need to go to Ohio. I am a native of Ohio and it is sad to see whats happened to hard working people there, all their hopes and dreams for retirement and affordable education for their families is gone, they are in soup lines. My deceased father retired from the steel industry when poor people like us could afford to live comfortably, not anymore. Go there and talk to the people in Ohio, you don't have to take either candidates word for it, see for yourself.

    August 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. BR

    Factcheck pretty much smacks down this ad, but hey, the kool aid is still being drank by the Obamaphiles

    August 15, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. jimmy

    CNN DOES NOT PUBLISH MY COMMENTS WHEN EVER I MAKE
    FAVORABLE COMMENTS ON SENATOR MCCAIN. I WONDER WHY.
    HAVE ALL THE NETWORKS JOINED IN SUPPORT OF THE MEDIA
    DARLING OBAMA?

    August 15, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Paris

    Obama stop lying, people can see right through you.
    You are nothing but an arrogant, opportunist and incompetent politician.

    We all saw how you reacted to Russian aggression and that was a disgrace to United State of America.
    If you were the president during the clod war the Berlin wall would’ve never come down.
    It took a straight talking Reagan to do that and that is what we need again.
    And you are not the one Obama, John McCain is the man.

    August 15, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. concern

    Can anybody in the USA stand 8 more years of this?

    August 15, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. The Main Man in Kentucky

    Bout time Barack started fighting back. Haymakers, SON, let them FLY!

    August 15, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. jimmy

    BUT I BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE AT CNN LIKE LOU DOBBS, BLITZER
    CAFFERTY , ANDERSON COOPER ARE VERY MUCH THE
    PROFESSIONALS AND INDEPENDENT MINDED. SOME EDITORS IN THIS BLOG ARE NOT.

    August 15, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Independent KC

    Obama played clean but untill Johnny boy start nasty ad eventhough he said he want to have a clean campaign. Obama has to fight fire with fire. RNC just full of lies but atleast Obama's ad has facts.

    August 15, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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