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. vw

    It is a tragedy in the history of Democratic Party.

    They have no way to convince Americans what they can do upon their records and experiences, but they have way to belittle his opponents.

    How can we trust this OB, a weak candidate?

    Really miss Hillary Clinton, really a strong candidate for President, really a fighter for this country, for her fellow citizens.

    September 17, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Biff Biffington RETURNS...

    605,000 jobs LOST since JANUARY...

    had enough?

    HOUSINT/MORTGAGE MELTDOWN...

    had enough?

    Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Bear Sterns, Lehman Brothers, WALL ST. MELTDOWN....

    how 'bout now??? had enough YET????

    September 17, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I thought Harleys were the sound of freedom to McCain. Freedom to not have a job, I guess.

    September 17, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. beth

    My husband recently went to Mexico as part of a group for his company looking to open a plant there. He couldn't believe it. He said the area the plant will be built is like little america down there with american companies and fast food and hotel chains there to service them. They are opening the plant there because the workers are paid 5 dollars and hour with no benefits. Currently our government offers tax incentives to 'globalize' these plants. We're in deep doo doo people.

    September 17, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. JJ

    Oh sure, but how can people even consider to vote for a person who has backed Bush. Just look at the last eight years people!!!!!

    Obama/Biden are new fresh faces lets give them a chance and see what happens.

    We need change, sure they both are going to raise taxes, thats the way of any politican.

    Obama/Biden

    September 17, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. rusty

    OBAMA HAS NO LEG TO STAND ON ESPECIALLY WHEN HE GOT $120,000 FROM THE FAILED FREDDIE MAC. HE SHOULD GIVE BACK ALL THIS MONEY TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES. BETTER YET, ADD ALSO THE $9,000,000 HE MADE LAST NIGHT FROM HIS RICH FRIENDS. HYPOCRITE !!!

    September 17, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Michael

    Hit'em Hard Obama!!!!

    More of the Same from McCain, or should I say Bush the 3rd.

    September 17, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Yet the polls are tied................

    So sad..........................

    September 17, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. REAL Change

    It's about time OBAMA!!!!!!!! You have tried your best to focus only on the serious issues we are facing on a daily basis, and still McCain sent his pit bull out to tell lies. As the old saying goes…………….Do unto others AS you will have them do unto YOU..........Not MAD at you.

    I believe every word, look where he went to pick a woman candidate. He knew that the smart and EXPERIENCED woman in Washington was not going to be used to sell his BS.

    Obama 08

    September 17, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Gimmick FIRST

    McCain is clueless on the economy. He admitted yesterday that he would get a 9-11 type Committee to FIND OUT what happened!!! What happened?

    Poor McCain has no idea at what is happening with the American economy. No wonder he said he has little knowledge about the economy.

    September 17, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. ella

    Obama is worried about jobs, which is the reason he goes to his Hollywood friends to get money! Does he believe we are all living in La La Land?

    September 17, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Uncle Sam

    Why are the posts always from Obama supporters and yet McCain is ahead?

    September 17, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Irene

    McCain LOVES those unfair trade agreements......JUST LIKE BUSH!!!

    American jobs have become JUST ANOTHER COMMODITY to this Administration.........something to be shipped overseas. McCain giving support to companies shipping American jobs overseas is just another example of this Administration kicking "we the people" to the curb!

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA / BIDEN 98

    September 17, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. KATHLEEN

    The worse Pres-VP choice would be a McWar-Palin ticket!

    Talk about abuse of powers in the Bush Administration. We need
    a break from those kind of politics!!!! HORRIBLE MESS THAT THE
    REPUBLICANS ARE LEAVING US IN!!!!

    DO NOT BLAME THE DEMOCRATS. MCBUSH VETOED EVERYTHING
    "GOOD" THAT THE DEMOCRATS TRIED TO DO.

    GOING AGAINST THE WIND=MCCAIN PALIN TICKET. NIGHTMARE
    FOR ALL AMERICANS. WE WILL NOT HAVE A COUNTRY LEFT.

    OBAMA-BIDEN from Day 1.

    September 17, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Nurse Ratchet

    McCain is also directly responsible for a recent job exodus out of Ohio and has been supporting policies that ship our jobs here to Mexico and China. We have a serious unemployment and underemployment problem (even those folks who aren't "counted" in after their unemployment runs out). We have gifted and educated kids and factory workers alike trying to compete for minimum wage jobs, which surprisingly aren't hiring.

    McCain you are so out of touch! If we can't keep jobs, who the heck is going to "buy" all those products? How can we keep making house payments when we bought them based on our income before our jobs left for Mexico; now we're expected to make the same payments based on either no income or an income less than 50% of our prior wages????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    McCant, get out of my Great Lakes region. We want our jobs back!

    September 17, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. TX

    On CNN.com "political headlines" there at 5 articles discussing Palin, 3 articles discussing Obama, and 1 article discussing McCain. This is a Presidential Election!!! Not a Vice-Presidential Election!!!

    Is McCain soooo aweful that his Vice President is more important? Yes.

    Is CNNs coverage biased?
    Yes (they go with the hype rather than the issues)

    Warning to Republicans and Independents: If McCain is elected, Palin will merely be a puppet, as most VP's have been in the past. Change will NOT Happen with a Republican Victory.

    September 17, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Robbi

    This isn't a negative ad, it is the truth. McCain and his crony, Phil Gramm, have done a great deal to put us in the awful economic position we find ourselves today. Now these deregulators say they want us to send them back to "reform?" If it wasn't such pathetic hypocrisy, it would be hysterical. After an incompetent mechanic damages your car, do you take it back to him to fix it? Of course not. You don't let him finish trashing it. You find a new mechanic.

    September 17, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. We love Sarah

    Remember McCain heavily supports free trade with any country as long as they pay into his campaign.

    Free trade only works when the other guy agrees to allow our goods into his country for free also.

    If we Americans really want to stop our jobs from leaving, then stop buying goods with labels made from outside the USA.

    Buy USA.

    September 17, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. S. Boatman

    When You Think Of The Job Loss In Those States Think Of What Mccain Did To Help Send Them Over Seas! Mccain Would Rather See A Few People Get Rich Than Hundreds Keep Their Jobs And Provide For Their Families!

    September 17, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. Billy

    McCain's economic policy may have resulted in thousands and thousands of job taken away from Americans and shipped overseas and his economic deregulation policies may have resulted in the Wall Street disaster occurring now, BUT:

    John McCain was a POW!

    September 17, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. d

    And the CEO's walk away from these deals with wads of cash in their pockets. But if you are to listen McCain, don't fret, because it's just trickle down economics at work...nahh, thats just greed, plain and simple.

    September 17, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. Marcel

    I don't Senator McCain (Grandpa) and Governor Palin (George W. Bush in a pantsuit) understand the economic reality of most people. Elect Senators Obama and Biden on November 4. Thank you

    September 17, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Chi4Obama

    I can't wait to hear the McCain camp lie their way out of this one.

    That is definately one thing they are consistent about...LIES.

    September 17, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. John Hussein OBAMA

    Nice Obama, get on the offensive and get the truth out to the voters. Is it me, or does Mccain sound like Lt. Frank Drebbin from The Naked Gun when he speaks?

    September 17, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. will

    What is negative about telling the truth? John McCain is Bad news for the American People. McCain = no change!

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 17, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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