September 17th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
9 years ago

New Obama ad slams McCain on Pennsylvania jobs

Another new Obama ad hits McCain on jobs.

Another new Obama ad hits McCain on jobs.

(CNN) – Barack Obama’s campaign has released another negative ad that accuses John McCain of failing to protect American jobs – its second TV spot in the past few weeks aimed at working-class Pennsylvanians as the nation's economic crisis continues.

The tough new ad spotlights the closing of a Corning Glass factory in State College, accusing the Republican presidential nominee of being partly responsible for the loss of 1,100 jobs there four years ago.

“Corning shuts down its plant in Pennsylvania,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot. “Hundreds lose their jobs. Then the workers are rehired to disassemble the plant. And ship the equipment to China.

“Washington sold them out. With the help of people like John McCain. He supported tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. And voted against cracking down on China for unfair trade practices. We can’t afford more of the same.”

'Revitalize' is the latest Obama ad to hit McCain on jobs. They released a spot several weeks ago that charged the Arizona senator with failing to protect U.S. motorcycle manufacturing jobs that hit the airwaves as he visited York, Pennsylvania, home of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle factory.

Earlier: Another Obama Pennsylvania spot accuses McCain of failing to protect U.S. jobs

The campaign has also run radio and television ads that said the presumptive Republican nominee and his campaign manager Rick Davis were partly responsible for the potential loss of thousands of Ohio jobs, timed to coincide with his trip to the area where shipping giant DHL may make those cuts, and a similar ad about the auto industry when McCain visited Michigan.

The Obama campaign said the ad would air in Pennsylvania and in "key" states nationwide.

UPDATE: The Republican National Committee response pointed to Obama's spring loss to Hillary Clinton in the Pennsylvania primary. “Barack Obama has no record of reforming government and does not know how to fix the current crisis, so he’s going on the attack," said Republican National Committee spokesman Alex Conant. "Pennsylvanians rejected Obama’s name calling and false attacks this spring, and they’ll do it again this fall.”

soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. America think for you

    The reason why our economy is crashing is because of Iraq all the money that was supposed to refuel the economy are been sent to Iraq while the economy is let alone to die. The consumers have no confidence in the market that is mean they will not spend and again the economy will struggle. John McCain does not understand that simple economics formular and stated that the economy is strong. I know that McCain pocket is strong because he is a rich man. But, our economy is not strong.

    September 17, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Republicans Hate America

    CNN and MSM Why are you not promoting this ad like you do all of McCains?

    September 17, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. FreeNLovIt

    "Our opponent wants to raise income taxes, and raise payroll taxes ... and raise investment income taxes." – Palin

    Independent groups say that's a stretch, arguing that most Americans would get a tax cut under Obama's plan."

    Okay, HEY, DONKEYS OUT THERE... let people know that your plan will give Americans, a tax cut... stop letting the ELEPHANTS trash you and headline you as TAX RAISERS..

    September 17, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Mikey

    I noted that McCain has emphatically demanded that regulators must get financial statements from banks. I guess he doesn’t know that banks, thrifts, and credit unions have been submitting quarterly “call reports” to the regulators for decades. Those reports are very detailed, with full balance sheets and income statements, including the composition of their loan and deposit portfolios, delinquencies, revenues and expenses. Not only that, those reports are available on-line for anyone to see at for banks and for credit unions (of course, not available on-line to McCain).

    You would think as a U.S. Senator he would know that. What has he been doing in Washington the last 26 years? But I am glad he is going to move regulation forward to the 1940s.

    September 17, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Good for Obama, tell it exactly how it is.
    Obama will put this country back on top again.

    September 17, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. debbie

    Ok Obama, you have been in the senate for the last 4yrs, what have you done to keep the jobs here?

    Hillary Democrat Voting for McCain

    September 17, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    McDeregulation and his Merry Band of Corporate Socialists have screwed up our economy.
    How's that 401K going, America?


    September 17, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. rick

    smash mccain he doesnt get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. annie - former democrat

    Even the smartest and most honest of people in the financial world would tell you the banking/ mortgage situation needs committees to work things out for both the present and the future. Short term proposals like obamas will only make things worse on down the road. Although I'm sure he doesn't care because he can't even think without a teleprompter.

    September 17, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Wake up, America!

    Yes WE can!

    September 17, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Al

    YOU SHOULDA, COULDA PICKED THE LADY IN THE PANTS SUIT, now its ifeee, you've got a hard sell, and in New York we say, " THE HARDER THE SELL THE CHEAPER THE PRODUCT".

    2012 😉

    September 17, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. I Love my COUNTRY!

    Keep them coming Barack, show people the truth. Atleast we know you don't lie. And John Mccain has voted for legislation that gives tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas and Barack wants to tax the companies that do ship them overseas. As an American, who wants a job and loves my country I will have to go with Barack. Mccain always says country first yet he does nothing at all when voting for this country. He voted against the GI Benefits bill, he voted against a bill that would have guarenteed equal pay for women, A decade ago, he champion deregulation of banking, insurance now he is all for it. COME ON PEOPLE! Jesus, he doesn't care. He may not be a bad guy but he is not right to lead this country.

    September 17, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Baze

    Ouch! I love it, turn McCain's "experience" into a weakness. The Dems have adopted G.O.P. brain twists, but an element of truth does lie here. Deregulation allows companies to use whatever measures to out compete the other, including shipping jobs overseas. Nice touch with the Chinese stuff, god knows those hot blooded midwesterners aren't going to like the idea of China's increased say in the direction of this country.


    September 17, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. Maddy

    B-B-But the fundamentals are strong!

    September 17, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. David, Silver Spring, MD

    McCain didn't really do this, did he?

    Please say he didn't really do this. I mean, wasn't he some kind of soldier or something. It would be a shame to think that someone who fought for the country would support companies who want to send jobs overseas.

    Sure enough, he did it!

    My gosh, McCain, what has happened to you??!!!

    September 17, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. TKW- New Mexico

    McCain has been running negative ads all the time. Why do you say that this is a negative ad? The truth hurts.

    September 17, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. shannon

    Obama lied to Pennsylvanians on NAFTA. Obama told them he would rewrite NAFTA...then after the vote...he told reporters that he was just "campaigning". He told Canada that it was just "politics".

    How anyone in Pennsylvania can trust Obama is beyond me.

    September 17, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Rose

    And when Obama taxes those companies, more will close or move to another country and that will lose even more jobs. Why would they want to stay here and be taxed and taxed. Does Obama really think he is going to reap the benefits of taxing big companies, they know how to find tax write offs and I bet they will show more in donations instead of giving the tax to the Government. Obama has underestimated the smarness of large companies.

    September 17, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. LET IT GO


    September 17, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    I don't understand why an ad pointing out how a candidate voted on certain situations is an attack ad unless of course the candidate is himself ashamed of the way he voted.

    McCain has a voting record in the senate of going against Veterans Affairs and Women's Rights like equal pay for equal work. If John McCain is not ashamed of the way he voted on these issues he should make it part of his platform as proof of what he stands for in American politics.

    How can anyone disagree with these statements if you voted that way stand up for what you voted for and explain your position.

    September 17, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. sophia nyc

    GOOD. Slap Americans silly with these ads until they wake up!

    Keep McWar/Failin' out of the White House

    September 17, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Joe Regis

    Pennsylvania wil go red. So goes Pennsylvania and so goes the nation. The way to Obama/Biden victory is through Pennsylvania Ave and then open the gate of the white house.

    September 17, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Darryl


    The truth is that McCain, in 2005, helped defeat a Democratic measure that would have repealed tax incentives for companies who move manufacturing plants out of the country and to use the resulting revenue to help balance the budget. The authors of the amendment estimated that $3.2 billion taxpayer dollars could have been saved by eliminating subsidies to corporations who cut jobs in this country, many thousands of which are in Michigan.

    September 17, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    ...and a similar thing happens when a public or goverment agency like a hospital is privatized. They layoff nearly all of the workers, who are usually union members with benefits.

    Then, they hire workers for half the pay without benefits. Later on, the new privatized entity needs millions in a bailout. Eventually, the local government agency that used to own and manage the hospital must "buy" it back costing even more dollars.

    Moral of the story. Don't let Republicans sell you on the idea of privatizing infrastructure.

    September 17, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. NO way NO MCshame

    Fact check and CNN proved last night that all the ads Obama is running and has ran on Mccain are either historically true or presently true. But JMac's ads are either remotely half truths or out right lies. Who do you trust in shamble economic times like now? the truth teller or the lie spinners?
    Make your choice for right Change for America

    September 17, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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