September 17th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
6 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. Ryan, Florida

    Good. People in Pennsylvania need to understand that McCain might be great to have a beer with... he just doesn’t have a clue about the economy.

    September 17, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Laina

    I used to live in Pennsylvania, near Weatherly. I had to move because there were no jobs.
    I now live in another state and thankfully found a job. Not a good one but it's a job.
    Thanks to John McCain and other reps like him, I no longer see my family and friends that I had to leave behind.

    Hopefully Obama will bring the jobs back from overseas.
    I vote for real change.
    I vote for Obama

    September 17, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. JOANIS TAYLOR (JT)

    Bring the fight to them.Be on the offensive,always.
    Obama/Bide 2008-2012.

    September 17, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Ex-PUMA for Obama

    Compared to McCain's ads, these are not negative ads.

    These ads are truth; McCain's ads are FLAT OUT LIES!

    September 17, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. JusLaugh

    I'm glad to see that Obama is pointing out the Mayhem caused by republicans as they link to McCain. It seems McCain is trying to fool the public into thinking he is not a republican at all. Maybe this message will resignate with voters.

    Obama can get tough when he needs to and that's good to see from you dems.

    September 17, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. TerryDoRight

    Obama that is the real" Change We Need", more negativity just like a true Chicago Style Political Campaign.. You learned well!

    September 17, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Olivia

    Obama blames McCain for all of the country's problems.

    Who is dumb enough to believe this?

    September 17, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Accountant Guy

    That's right Barack, expose McBush for who he really is!! THANKS BUT NO THANKS TO MCBUSH AND BRIDGE TO NO WHERE PALIN!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. MW

    Don't forget to mention that McCain is currently pulling strings to give a major military contract to Airbus in Europe instead of an American company like Boeing. Not only does this NOT CREATE AMERICAN JOBS, but it is also a conflict of interest to have Europeans work on OUR military equipment. McCain and his buddies that he is working for have everything to gain by this move and Americans have everything to lose.

    September 17, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. shadowgovt

    Yup, his policies support this kind of thing.

    September 17, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Karen - Missouri

    mcCain, Bush, Republicans...our nation goes down the tubes every year a Republican pushes their agenda. Now we are paying the price DEARLY! To phrase Kucinich....WAKE UP AMERICA! McCain loves companies shipping jobs overseas. McCain has even pushed companies looking to Vietnam for workers and investments. McCain would be the worst disaster to this country since Geo. W Bush!

    September 17, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. rob from York, PA

    McCain says the fundamentalists (like him) of the economy are strong. He lost count of the number of houses he has (because he has so many) and things are good for him and his friends like Phil Gramm (his chief economic advisor). McCain thinks we are just whining when we say the economy is going down the tubes. McCain is clueless. This is for real, Mr. McCain! Get a clue!

    September 17, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. ct voter

    Why the hell would he support tax breaks to ship jobs oversea's anyway. The lobbiests have Mcsame by the balls!

    September 17, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Sarah.....and my last name isn't Palin!

    But he's a POW....he couldn't have!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. Brooke in PA

    Obama can run all the ads he wants in PA, he'll NEVER win here. Ever.

    September 17, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. suzie

    Get real people. If Obama were white, you would not vote for him, he would be laughed out of the election. It is hypocritical to cast your vote for him. Give us a real person, not a media hype wannabe. I would gladly vote for a black candidate or other minority if they had the credentials. I would have voted for Hillary, but now I am voting for McCain.

    September 17, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    John McCain preaches “Country First”. But the problem is the country he is referring to is either China or India. His motto should be “Country (Club) First” so that his rich backers can continue to profit in a truly deregulated market place at the expense of the sovereignty of this country.

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

    this thanks to Bush / McCain.......we need to start an penalize companies that send American jobs overseas

    September 17, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Reagan

    Oh GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!

    My husband and I both lost our jobs in 2005 due to our corporation going international. It's called NAFTA! This is the brainchild of Democrats not Republicans.

    But thank goodness for the fundementals of this countries economy we both are working again and making twice as much income.

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 17, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Matt in Pittsburgh

    i'm one of those bitter pennsylvanians that Obama insulted while talking to a group of fringe liberals in San Francisco. PA is turning redder by the day. It is now a toss up state. Run all the ads you want. the fact in PA is that we have extremely high tax rates and companies would be foolish to stay here under any conditions.

    Remember
    Josef Stalin was a community organizer
    V.I. Lenin was a community organizer
    John Goti was a community organizer
    Al Capone was a community organizer

    great company, eh? I'll stick with the governors.

    September 17, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. rob from York, PA

    fundamental is not defined as people or worker. What dictionary is McCain reading? Did he flunk english?

    September 17, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. Mike, Syracuse NY

    The US has the second highest corporate tax rate in the world. Obama wants to raise corporate taxes. What's going to happen when he does? They'll move factorys and jobs overseas. Duh. Obama IS a doofis.

    September 17, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. Robert

    McCain is a phoney if he says he's going to do anything about the loss of jobs in this country. Let's face it, he followed Bush's job policies that loss this country thousands of jobs...and still is causing jobs to be sent out of this country.
    He was in on giving big Corporations tax breaks even when it was obvious they were shipping work and our jobs overseas so they could make even more money using cheap labor.
    McCain is a phoney!!

    September 17, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Gabr

    CNN if full of liberal blind extatic BHO supporters, who can't see farther than their nose. I wish he wins this election and this country goes down the drain along with me and the rest of stupid liberals.

    September 17, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Danny

    I beg to digress
    If the republicans did not want to make the UN speech partisan, they should have not sent Palin, someone who will go there to read a written speech of something she knows absolutely NOTHING about as opposed to Hillary who knows foreign policy. That is a cheap shot and they know it. Dems should send Sebelius or Napolitano.

    McCain cant make up his mind whether to regulate or deregulate or whether the fundamentals are sound or not. Tomorrow he probably will redefine Fundamentals as how clean the air we breathe is!

    September 17, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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