August 20th, 2008
12:11 PM ET
6 years ago

AFL-CIO targets McCain on trade with China

The AFL-CIO is sending this mailer to 50,000 voters
The AFL-CIO is sending this mailer to 50,000 voters

(CNN)—In part of a greater effort to reach out to critical swing state voters, the AFL-CIO is targeting John McCain’s support of trade with China in a new mailer.

“Beijing 2008 America’s athletes are coming home,” the mailer reads. “But thanks to John McCain, 2.3 million jobs aren’t.”

50,000 union swing voters throughout Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania will receive the latest mailer which cites McCain’s 1993 and 2000 Senate votes to implement and establish framework for trade with China.

“2.3 million jobs outsourced to China? That’s not a world record I would be proud of,” union member Dennis Philippi says on the mailer.

The mailer coincides with face-to-face efforts on the ground, according to AFL-CIO spokesman Steve Smith. Voters who receive the mailer are also getting phone calls from the group and knocks at their doors to ensure they hear the message “consecutively” in a number of ways.

Thus far the mailers have been “very well received” according to Smith.

This is the AFL-CIO’s second mailer taking aim at McCain in the past two weeks.


Filed under: AFL-CIO • John McCain
soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. LMAO AFL Not Credible

    The AFL has sent more jobs overseas than any politician should ever dream of. Get Real, unless the consumer decides he wants to pay more for everyday american build items than identical chinese built items JOBS ARE GOING TO GO Overseas... but just to put the overall descrepency in further detail its not only cheaper to make it over there its also cheaper to make it over there and shipit over HERE... GIVE ME A BREAK US Labor should at least attempt to match the price of the general labor overseas + the cost of shipment... but NOPE AFL says that isnt sensible... so lets send more jobs oversears...

    Nice Job Guys......
    BTW I have a outsourced job...

    August 20, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. TheTruthHurts

    This is what Obama needs. Large, credible, blue collar surrogates. He's already won the liberal left. He's got the professors and latte-drinkers. He's got urban poor folks. He needs those heartland folks that buy all that tough talk and "principle" to understand that the only principal the Republican party (not necessarily all individual republicans) believe in is supported corporate rape of the taxpayer instead of government rape of the taxpayer. Dems do it too, but Repubs have written the book and Obama seeks to stop the games in Washington on both sides. Sure, he;ll need us to apply the pressure, but he's signed up to lead the charge. Business is not bad, it's just greedy to the point of hurting the country. We need to bring them back to just being greedy enough to make money without screwing the whole economy.

    August 20, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. ron

    companies are in business to make money, if they can't show a decent return for investors, those investors will go elsewhere and the companies will fold. to stay viable they have to offset wage medical and other perks, the union as forced onto them. there comes a time that it is no longer feasible to pay and stay competitive, so they have to go where the cost is lower. union members are being hypocritical, they demand bigger and bigger wages and concessions but when they buy, they buy products that are made in foreign countries because they are cheaper. you can't keep jobs in America if you support foreign countries and handcuff our own producers remember when chinese products were dollar store stuff till we started to buy more and more. free trade is not the culprit all we have to ask is where was this made a car made in Mexico will sell for the same as one made in Detroit so buy the one made here support your country it'll support you

    August 20, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. LMAO AFL Not Credible

    Steel Tarrifs for the Win... Bush protected and rebuilt this fragile industry in the US.. and the Media and Dems attacked him....

    August 20, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Victoria

    To all the the American people hold your ground don't be fool by the Republicans we need change for this country. Take notice everytime Obama numbers goes up media goes and start talking about terriost attacks and wars those are the Republicans fear attacks. American people don'nt be fool this time!. Bush and his other Republicans show the same fear attach donot fall for this from the Republicans again.! Vote Democratic Obama will be a good President Obama loves this country and Obama will keep our country safe. The Republicans had thier chance and look at their accomplishments and all thier experience, fail Ecomomy and a War that should of never happen! Working families and the elderly and your childerns and grandchildren Mccain's economy Policies will hurt you. Mccain Policies is favor for the BIg Oil companies and Big corporations. Wake up and donnot fall for this again Please!!! Mccain's Policies hurt women too.

    August 20, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. Peter E

    Let he who's without sin cast the first stone.
    I bet the very keyboard you're writing your hateful, anti-McCain answer on was made in China too!

    August 20, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Thanks to Bush and McSame's endless war the Chinese own us. Time to turn the bus around...

    August 20, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Peter E

    Yes, and I'm sure replacing the outsourcing of jobs to China with ones to our NAFTA partners (the ones Obama voted for) are going to be so much better at bringing our jobs back... NOT!

    August 20, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Crush Rush

    Whats left in your wallet? Hows your deregulated electric, gas and other bills coming along?Republicans said,yea it works to line their pockets, deregulation works against the little and middle income guy, dont let them lie any more.Its time to regulate and take over the oil companies while were at it.

    August 20, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. canuck

    unions are dinosaurs. they had a time and place 50 years ago. now they have pushed companies to far so they die a long slow death. I quote the united airlines pilot union leader – "we don't want to kill the golden goose, just squeeze every last egg out of it." now look at united, gm, ford etc. the unions have played there rolls in hurting the companies and america.

    August 20, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. jp,michigan

    Read: The Employee Free Choice Act, before you vote for Obama

    August 20, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Someone, Chris, NJ, above raised a good point. Gas prices.

    Do a little research. Gas prices have traditionally dropped significantly just prior to a general election. A drop that always comes on the heels of a year long increase. The drop never offsets the increase. Then, the increase kicks back in higher than ever following the election of a GOP president.

    Check it out.
    Do a little research into the history of the price of a barrel of oil.

    August 20, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Peter E

    To all the 'outraged' Obama supporters: take a look at your keyboard, your monitor, and your mouse... chances are they too were made in China. So apparently you also are responsible for the outsourcing of 2.3 million jobs to China. Shame on you!

    August 20, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Al - NYC

    Obama, higher corporate taxes = companies move jobs to where its less expensive (overseas).

    McCain, lower corporate taxes = companies keep more jobs in USA.

    It's called economics 101 folks.

    August 20, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. B J

    Typically union labor is overpaid compared to non-union labor in the US. Why should someone make $25-30/hr to put lug nuts on a car. The days of union necessity to protect rights are long gone. There are enough federal statutes out there to protect workers.

    As far as NAFTA goes, as far as I remember Bill Clinton is responsible for that one and Obama voted to continue it. Be careful what you ask for.

    August 20, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Michael Shea

    John McCain like Bill Clinton never met a "Free Trade Agreement They Didn't Like."

    I was a union political director for over 22 years. I was in the middle of the fight against NAFTA,CAFTA GATT and WTO. All of those free trade agreements were heavily supported by multinational corporations, institutions of higher learning, national media and investment bankers. Those of us who opposed them were family farmers, most environmental organizations, the John Birch Society, Buchanan Republicans, Perot supporters, traditional Democrats and organized labor. During this period all of us opposed to the trade agreements were labeled protectionists and fear mongers.

    The major reasons McCain, Clinton and multinational corporations support these trade agreements are to bust unions, exploit cheap labor offshore and control the economy worldwide.

    If Barrack Obama continue to hammer McCain on this election he will win the election

    August 20, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Arkansas Undertaker

    Obama needs to speend more of that $400 Million Dollars on attack ads against McCain before its too late.

    August 20, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. B J

    Rudy NYC August 20th, 2008 2:39 pm ET

    "McCain is campaigning to be Commander in Chief.

    Obama is campaigning to be President of the United States.

    Does that make a difference to you?"

    I thought that Obama was running for UN Secretary General or King of the World after his speech in Germany.

    August 20, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Sweetie

    An attack Ad that isn't true always backfires.

    Obama is no longer a viable candidate.

    Maybe the DNC will wake up in time to put forth the Candidate who actually won the popular vote in the Swing States that really count in a General Election.

    McCain 08

    August 20, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. LT for Obama

    What most of you are missing is one very important fact about Senator John McCain. He has admitted in his autobiography that he decided to run for President because that is his one true ambition.

    He says "I didn't decide to run for president to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be president because it had become my ambition to be president. . . . In truth, I'd had the ambition for a long time."

    Seems to me he does not really care about any of us, just wants to fulfill his AMBITION.

    August 20, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. Dittohead High School

    Raymond Duke,are you wearing your white sheet today?

    August 20, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Peter E

    Hypocrisy alert! I detect hundreds of angry responses about the outsourcing of jobs to China being typed on Chinese-made keyboards!

    August 20, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Phil in KC

    We need to punish companies that send jobs overseas and reward those who create jobs here in the US – or move jobs back. Further, we need to implement policies that punish countries who utilize slave labor, child labor or sweat shops. Then we need to stop borrowing so much money from a country whose interests and form of government run counter to our own.
    This is just one of the reasons I will not be voting for McCain. You see, unlike some people, who shall remain nameless, I am an issues voter. And, while McCain has served his country honorably, he does not support the same stand on the issues that I do. That's really all that matters.

    August 20, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. sherry for Obama

    UNIONS ARE GOOD FOR THIS COUNTRY.

    bIG BUSINESS DO OUTSOURCE JOBS OVER SEAS TO INDIA AND CHINA ETC. BECAUSE THEY PAY THEM CHEAP LABOR.

    UNION JOBS PAY BIG WAGES AND GREAT BENEFITS

    ALL BIG BUSINESS WANT TO DO IS FATTEN THEIR WALLET THEY FORGET WITHOUT THE HIGHLY SKILLED WORK FORCE THEY WOULDNT BE MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR COMPANYS

    August 20, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. CTP

    NO MCCAIN, NO WAY, NEVER!!! We must ensure that the old creep loses in November.

    YES WE WILL!!!!

    Obama '08

    August 20, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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