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. Brian

    Wow, and McCains Ad linking Obama to Paris Hilton and Brittany Spears was really credible too. I hate Campaigning, if they would spend more time in the ad's talking about what they will do for us and less time bashing their opponent, we might actually get what we need.

    August 15, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Just to make it clear...Factcheck does NOT debunk it, which means the McCain campaign is LYING about it being debunked. Here is what Factcheck summarizes as it's stand point:

    "THERE'S ATLEAST 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. "

    August 15, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Bayou Joe

    The truth is: Obama is not for the American Workers. He is for the
    International worker and in solidarity with Cuba, Venezuela and the Soviet Union. Not exactly our friends folks. Watch out for this Wolf
    in sheeps clothing.

    August 15, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. labor lost/ labor found

    Artisans, Craftsmen, Tradespeople, Machinists, Millrights, Carpenters......
    for Obama

    Return Labor in America back to its proud heritage here at home

    Organize , create, demand due respect.......our hands make for all.

    No more trickle.......NO MORE TRICKLE......NO MORE

    August 15, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. gc

    Why was my comment in response to 45 yo white female democrat for McCain saying that Obama is a druggy being blocked. She referenced what McCain was doing when Obama was in diapers. I said that McCain was having an afair with Cindy while Barack was in Diapers and his disabled wife was at home with the kids waiting for him. This is the truth about McCain. Is cnn not allowed to post it.

    August 15, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Que Quedas

    Factcheck also dismisses the book Army and Navy ho talks about......but it did not keep the rethugs from bringing it up.......to Army and Navy ho you better hope their isn't a roadside bomb waiting on your children......but hey thats the consequences of your vote.........I love democracy "My friend"

    August 15, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Obama BinBiden 2008

    The banner of the intellect of liberalism is on parade! Let's all chant...march...clap...or watch the Big Foot news conference being held on FOX and CNN.

    August 15, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. An American

    The truth hurts

    August 15, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Laura

    TESAP;SAVANNAH, GA-problem is the ad isn't true. Do you read the whole story or just rush right in to blog..."FactCheck.org just released a report calling Obama’s recent ads accusing John McCain of costing Ohio jobs 'false,' 'misleading' and 'unsubstantiated".

    Problem is Obama's camp said it wouldn't resort to low tactics and well I guess a man is as good as his word huh?

    August 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Prime Minister Putin

    when in rome.......

    August 15, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. McCain ApeRape

    Gosh McCain lies so much, when will this man get some dignity?

    August 15, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. The T

    For all you ladies out there (or pretenters) if you want to give McClain your vote go right ahead....And in 8 years you find us in four wars because of it be my guest. Sen Clinton was not picked get over it, this is too important we will not be held hostage.

    August 15, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Ratgurl

    After reading the facts provided, I'd have to say that the dishonesty of these ads on a 1-10 scale, with 1 being the mildest & 10 being the BIG FAT LIAR level, the ads are at about a 2. Much of the ads ARE using facts for support, but a little deeper digging shows that McCain can't be blamed ENTIRELY for these events. He did play a role in the legislation that allowed the job losses to occur, but it wasn't done with malice.

    Still goes to show, though, that McCain could have used better judgement and done things very differently in order to preserve American jobs (which, in turn, boost the American economy).

    August 15, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. CA

    Proud Army and Navy Mom... You advocating reading the Obama Nation book and then calling this ad a bunch of 'smears and lies' is just funny. And sad. Really sad.

    August 15, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. RB from NH

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The McCain camp might want to look at the other items at factcheck.org, as they rip him apart on almost everything he claims!

    August 15, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Peter

    go obama

    August 15, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Jan

    Are you people not tired of calling McCain "old" as though it is detrimental? You will all be "older" someday, if you are lucky. And you will be even more lucky if you are as wise, smart and courageous like McCain!

    August 15, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. judy, Wisconsin

    Oh, boo hoo to McWar. I have watched that stupid celebrity ad to a nauseated state, so how refreshing to hear this Obama one. Thank you, I feel better, but sad for my homestate of Ohio.

    August 15, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. ARMY WIFE

    THE KOOL-AID TASTES MIGHTY GOOD "BR"......IT'S LIKE A ENERGY DRINK...MAYBE YOU SHOULD TRY SOME!!!!!

    OBAMA '08

    August 15, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. Oh Boy!!!???

    If dreams of greatness come from drugs as the "45 yo white female democrat for McCain" has stated, then W should have kept up his lifestyle.

    Dem's for McCain. Like vegetarians for BEEF!!!!

    Yeah, I believe that one.

    August 15, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. e from FL

    sigh, comments like "Factcheck pretty much smacks down this ad, but hey, the kool aid is still being drank by the Obamaphiles" just floor me. Umm, who is factcheck.org again? a website for McKain supporters? (please go take a look, its very blatant) People, when will you wake up? It's a shame that we can't see past the hype, and shame on CNN for quoting factcheck.

    August 15, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    MAY THE REAL JOHN McSHAME PLEASE STAND UP!

    THE WIFE ADULTERER OR THE LOBYIST KEATING 5, BIG OIL KINGPIN?

    McPAIN POLICIES IS NOT ONLY LOSING AMERICAN JOBS, HE IS ENCOURAGING AMERICANS NOT TO BUY AMERICAN MADE BIKES!

    HERE IS MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    Vanderslice then jumped in. "I would just add that ... our intent with this ad is to be a positive, a positive bio piece on Sen. Obama - sort of recognizing that many are still trying to better understand his background." But, she continued, "Many in the Christian community have not forgotten, you know, what happened with Sen McCain, you know, marrying his second wife one month after leaving his second wife, you know, after a disfiguring car accident."

    August 15, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Sen. John Glenn

    Ohio: Another state goes into McCain's column. :-(

    August 15, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. karen-phoenix

    McCain has been in Washington for 26 years. DId anything change. Yes–We lost another war we NEVER should have been in. We lost all our good jobs. We lost our homes and we have lost our health insurance!!!! NO MORE YEARS FOR MCCAIN!!! Try something new and it just might work! Go Obama!

    August 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. THINK before you Speak

    45 yo white female democrat for McCain – while you may be the perfection of society and never committed a sin (not to equate sin to drug use, rather legal or not), the reality of the situation is that many young people have experimented with drugs. However, they grow up and move on to more productive activities. For instance, there are plenty of current productive leaders who experimented during the Woodstock Era. It's reality, get over it. The issue, to which you failed to speak, is the economy and job loss. These are items that need to be addressed and about which you should be more concerned. Small people, small minds. Stick to the issues!

    August 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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