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. Renee

    Proud Army and Navy Mom – If you are judging Obama from the book "Obama Nation" you're not very smart. People no matter who you decide to vote for do your homework and check your facts.

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

    thats obama s not mccain
    obama is the demo in charge of the house and they have done nothing for us little people

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

    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.
    So what's the WRONG parts? The FAR right have ALWAYS said a "FREE MARKET" is always best- then complain the lefties want to regulate it. This economy and their HELPING corporations outsource and gouge Americans is tantamount to TREASON as it is helping DESTROY America, as sure as outing a CIA agent during a war. Which, of course, is OK if you're a Republican that did it.

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

    Turnabout is fair play, I suppose...

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

    "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."

    McWar has a hard time focusing on what needs to be done over here to ensure we are battle ready when the time comes but instead he supports agenda's that weaken our job market and then he wants to perpetuate this war that is only a distraction keeping us from finding the real threats to our nation. He is a mess! I only pray we get this one right in November!!!

    August 15, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. LS

    Ha ha. . . in your FACE McCain.

    McCain hasn't done NOTHING for our country. And his campaigning technic has been one disaster after another.

    McCain is a joke, a fake, and a liar.

    August 15, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. pa

    so much crying
    like if mccain told them to close up
    people are sure dumb

    August 15, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Nova from NV

    "FactCheck.org just released a report calling Obama’s recent ads accusing John McCain of costing Ohio jobs 'false,' 'misleading' and 'unsubstantiated,'"

    Thank you FactCheck. Now why are the Obama zombie supporters are pretending that Obama is not playing old politics? His supporters raised him to the level of celebrity saint-like messiah. People, just do a fact check please, how stupid can you be?

    August 15, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. rhoward

    Would y'all like some cheese to go with your whine?

    August 15, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. DR. YES

    obama is telling the truth.mccain and davis lobbied for dhl to buy the company.now dhl is planning on doing it's shipping viu ups,eliminating the ohio hub,and 8-10,000 jobs.the company should have remained american owned .

    August 15, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. flcracker

    Liberalism is a cancer

    August 15, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Why Lie Obama?

    Fact Check says Obama is lying. Does he have nothing to stand for other than Lies?

    August 15, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. LL Denney

    I went to FACTcheck.org and they said the BASIS of the story is TRUE- They just refuse to correlate the actions of McCain and his lobbyists as a DIRECT relationship to the losses of jobs. Then they go on several MORE tiomes to repeat it....

    Just like telling lies to America and the world and CONGRESS didn't REALLY lead to war in Iraq.

    The republicans OWN the FRAUD AND THEFT of the last decade..along with the perverts they protected.... They even tried to allow an Islamic COUNTRY to buy our ports! Anyone voting republican any more is NUTS and IGNORANT and they must INDEED take pride in it! And I was republican for 30 years!

    August 15, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Confused

    It's amazing how a normal person can not get the facts anymore. Who's right? who's wrong? What are the facts behind this commercial? Why doesn't CNN discuss the facts behind this commercial instead of what everyone said or thought about the commercail ?

    Why can't this article describe the positives and the negatives of Mccain's vote for bringing in DHL. (Positives: new jobs created in Ohio five years ago. Negatives: was with a foreign company that couldnt' compete with the likes of UPS and Fedex and now jobs are being lost.) and I'm sure there are more pluses and minuses, but why don't we get the truth anymore? we just get some spin for mccain/ obama.

    You turn on the TV, one channel will tell you the facts are one thing and the next channel will say the exact opposite. You read the newspaper or magazine it's the same. This is really what makes me scared. How can I find out the facts to make a knowledgeable judgement if I don't have any reliable source to tell me what the facts really are?

    August 15, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. DR. YES

    fact check is not stating the 'facts' correctly as the obama campaign has charged .davis did lobby mccain to give dhl ownership of the ohio hub.now,dhl is going to cut 8-10,000 jobs by doing all of their shipping through ups.this claim is true.

    August 15, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. DR. YES

    the truth hurts,gop?

    August 15, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Scott, West Chester, OH

    No one here in Ohio who is familiar with the DHL situation blames McCain. It's just campaign b.s.

    PUMA!

    August 15, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. Tony

    Yea Obama...slipping in the polls you stoop to this. You are just playing right into the GOP hands. B/C they get nasty w/o a conscious. I hope you are ready...b/c Hillary warned you. Now the fun starts.

    August 15, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Greg

    Higher taxes, not drilling for oil in the U.S., continuing to allow illegals to cross the border and work for lower wages ect.... These are all Comrade Obama's ideas how are they going to help the U.S. economy? They're not!!!!!! Here comes Jimmy Carter II, gas rationing, double digit inflation JIMMY CARTER WAS THE WORST PRESIDENT OF ALL TIME AND IF OBAMA'S ELECTED BASED ON HIS POLICIES HE'LL BE THE WORST.

    August 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Mike Dallas

    Factcheck does NOT dispute the ad. McCrypt did oppose the amendment that would have prevented DHL from purchasing Airborne Express and Rick Davis' company received 185,000 for his lobbying efforts to smooth out the process for DHL to purchase Airborne Express very plainly stated.

    It is pretty clear that the Obama ad is correct when it says McCrypt and Crew "paved the way" for the takeover which now will result in job losses when DHL outsources the previous Airborne Express jobs to UPS.

    Questions?

    August 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. CE

    Keep em coming Barack...

    August 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Ted van Tol

    To 45 yo white female democrat for McCain

    Did you eat paddo's before you write this?
    Serius, Barack Obama is making history already.
    He is loved everywhere in all corners of the world.
    I live in the Netherlands and I know everything
    about him (and also about Mccain). The choice
    is easy I should think.
    When Barack is visiting The Netherlands we wil
    dubble Berlin easely.
    If you want a better life and a better world for
    everybody then you shoul read his program before
    you make the biggest mistake ever by voting for
    McCain. Give up you bitternes, become hopefull
    for the future and when you vote for Barack you wil
    not regret it. He realy is a God given man who deserve
    respect and not hate.

    With love from the Netherlands.

    August 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. GrandMa

    where is the Flag pin on McBush or may be he is not american oh I forget he is Georgian he got alot of money for his runing from that country I wonder.

    August 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Latinos for Obama

    Panamanian McCain offers more of the Bush legacy to think other wise is lunacy.

    August 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. bert

    Obama may want to raise taxes but at least our government will be strong enough to protect us when and if the time comes, at least we will be able to get companies to start bringing jobs back to America and at least we will be doing the reasonable thing to do as far as getting energy under control and using it's properties to serve many more purposes and create many more opportunities along with the way we get energy from oil right now. Vote Obama 08 and 2012

    August 15, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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