September 17th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
5 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. jaye

    People don't care about jobs or the economy or that our country is falling down around our ears – people just don't want a black man in the white house.
    So, people will vote for the republicans knowing that the republicans have all but destroyed our country.
    I find it all laughable – and I just want people to know that "you get what you vote for."
    A 72 year old liar and a 44 year old idiot.

    September 17, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. ade

    He did it because he wanted to replace it with jobs that will not leave the US. It was an honest mistake. I hope Pennslyvanians will forgive him. Remember he was a POW?

    September 17, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Lisa P

    Sad that the Obama campaign has so many examples of closed plants to point to. They could run this "local" ad all over the country.

    September 17, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Chuck

    Obama is right. McCain has been part of the problem allowing other countries to take advantage of these trade agreements that are written to advantage that country and not the U.S. The loss of Amerccian jobs can be directly related to these weak agreements. McCain states that free trade is good for the country and he will continue to support the same. Obama sates that free trade is good for the country but he wants to renegotiate those trade agreements so that these countries as China, India, Mexico, etc., are required to follow the same safety, environmental and pay/employment/benefit policies that the U.S. follows. Then we can say that free trade has been placed on a more equitable playing field for the U.S. And as the U.S. worker is the better worker world-wide, such jobs would no longer be shipped overseas. Under a McCain administration where such agrements would not be renegotiated, the U.S. will continue to lose jobs.

    September 17, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Richard Geiss

    It's absolutely true. McCain offers us nothing new to salvage our economy. We must do everything we can to change the course of our nation.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. cr

    And did the ad close with
    "AND YOU CAN THANK BILL CLINTON WHO SIGNED OFF ON NAFTA:?

    September 17, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    Maybe they should show that ad in Wisconsin, home of Harley.
    Didn't McCain show up at Sturgis? He should be ashamed of himself.

    September 17, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. ANA

    Hope people of Michigan and Ohio will wake up and smell the coffee.
    John McCain all of a sudden wants to be about change but his record of backing Bush's policies speaks for itself.

    September 17, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Ron

    I'm in the tourist industry and my job is directly related to the economy.
    The tourist industry can not afford more Bush/McCain policies.

    Obama has a smart six point plan for the economy that is reasonable and achievable, McCain just lies.

    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 17, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Obama is a liar too.

    So john McCain is a liar. Nothing new. But don't just be an idiot and blindly follow Obama and believe him as if his word is the word of God.

    Check out factcheck.org particularly Obama fact check.

    It will show you that Obama's no different from any other lying politician. So much for change.

    September 17, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. JJ

    Hey David,

    Get use to it my man. A war hero, that is in the pocket of big corporations. Its obvious, llok who he picked for a running mate, I will admit she is a nice woman with her own political agenda. Just goes to show what type of decisions he will be making for us in Washington.

    JJ, Atlanta, Ga

    September 17, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. jason,tx

    Yup, the Rethugs and their lot have destroyed jobs and this economy. McCain was never as maverick as people wanted him to be.

    September 17, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Mike - Texas

    Yes, and this is from the same Nobama that was talking in public about undoing NAFTA, while in the back room telling Canada and Mexico to disregard his comments on the matter!!

    So, Nobama was either lying to Canada and Mexico OR Nobama was lying to the American people.

    Either way, Nobama is lying!!

    September 17, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Eric-29-m-PA

    What has Obama done to protect jobs? Oh that's right he voted present. What a joke. By the way, all this talk about a large number of new registered Democratic voters means nothing. My parents and I had to register as Democrats in the PA primary in order to vote. We voted for Hillary. We are still registered as Democrats but we will be voting for McCain. We can't stand Obama. I wonder how many newly registered Democrats will actually vote Republican. We'll find out when Obama loses PA in November.

    PS. We have always voted for the Democrat, but we refuse to vote for Obama the conniver.

    September 17, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Sal

    McCain and his out of touch dinosaur ways. Republicans for Obama, all the way. No fossil and pta member for me.

    September 17, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Laugh

    Obama needs to be careful with the ads he is putting out, CNN, which really surprised me, has already outed him for his other lies on his ads.

    September 17, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. GOBAMA!!

    And somehow people think McCain is what is best for this country?

    September 17, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Anita

    Little by little the real John McCain will come to light. I cannot believe that people still believe his worthless words at his rallys. I guess we give too much credit that people are smarter than they really are. Wise up Americans! Our future is at stake and if we have four more years of this, we will be a third world country.

    September 17, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    But McCain has done more to stimulate the economy than any other candidate by bringing us the miracle of the BlackBerry!

    September 17, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Reasonable Observer

    I believe everything I hear in all of the political ads. Therefore, none of the candidates are capable of being President. Please everyone, if you want REAL change for the country, write in your favorite neighbor (as long as they are over 35.)

    September 17, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. darko

    Obama speaks and sheople take it as fact...are you really that stupid?

    I'll chalk this up to the crowd that blames bush when they get a flat tire or a fly in their soup.

    If the government wasn't taxing our businesses so much (highest worldwide) they wouldn't be scrambling overseas to avoid those taxes and the jobs would be kept here.

    To make matter worse, Obama plans to FURTHER INCREASE the tax burdens on our companies to cut taxes of the low incomes. What good are tax breaks when you DON'T HAVE A JOB?

    Fact: the unemployed don't pay taxes. So where's obama going to get the funds to pay for his bloated socialist agenda?

    September 17, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Sacto Joe

    Senator McCain has demonstrated his complete lack of understanding of the economy, while Senator Obama has demonstrated his in-depth understanding of the economy.

    Under the circumstances, why on earth would ANYONE support Senator McCain??!

    September 17, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. CM

    Those lobbyists running his campaign and McCain's own mouth will be the end of his run.

    GOPpers....can you explain how your 'energy expert' Palin claims that Alaska produces over 20% of US energy? Fact check that one...its not even remotely true.

    It should come as no surprise your candidates only lie to get votes..you guys either fall for it or don't know any better.

    September 17, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. I Love my COUNTRY!

    Everyone should go to MSNBC and read the article "A McCain lawyer scrambles to block a Palin ethics inquiry." They are trying desperately to delay this investigation until after the election because they know she is guilty despite Palin saying she will fully cooperate with it on national television with Charles Gibson. I honestly can't believe people are considering voting for this scandal ridden, horribly inexperienced pathological liar who will give us more of the same. She is Cheyney with lipstick.

    September 17, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. The TRUTH shall be heard!

    Way to go! Expose McSame's true colors, Obama! We only have 48 more days left!

    Yes WE CAN!

    September 17, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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