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. CapoCastillo

    The market downturn has affected everyone, even us californians.

    September 17, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. proud army and navy mom

    The ad is not negative if it tells the hones TRUTH.

    Are we going to stand by as Palin slimes her way out of the investigation of her abuse of power?

    Todd Palin seems to be the co-governor of Alaska but the was never voted in. If elected, will he be the co-vp too? Alaskans, do not let this happen.

    September 17, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. 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 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Chi4Obama

    To "Ella":

    The fact that Obama had a campaign fundraiser is Hollywood, has absolutely nothing to do with "lost jobs" in PA. One has absolutely nothing to do with the other.

    Then again, I would expect that from a McCain supporter. They are like sheep, believing all of the lies that the GOP throws at them.

    September 17, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Biff Biffington RETURNS...

    ella....

    Presidential candidates raise money to campaign.

    what would you have him do, sell lemonade?

    September 17, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Dave

    I'm sure Mr. McSame will have really good reasons for this... he'll find SOME way to blame Obama or Biden. And if he can't find a "Real" reason to blame them, he can always just make something up to see if Americans will buy it!

    Lie Lie Lie.... Deny Deny Deny.... just like our current administration!

    Obama/ Biden!

    September 17, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. 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. It is hard to believe that there are so many gullible Americans that are willing to vote for this guy.

    September 17, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. troy

    Dumb republicans fall for it every time. McCain is the same as Dubya, worst president in history, and they want to do it again.

    If he's elected, the poor, dumb republican base will complain about everything, but won't learn from their mistakes, and they will pay for them like everyone else.

    September 17, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Bobby

    You guys are right, McSane is not what people think of him he is a joke. The is the same guy who doesnt support a immigration bill he supports

    September 17, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. Peter (CA)

    Ella,

    This country put Bush in the White House (well, at least once) and McCain is actually in the race.
    We are obssessed with stuff on TV and buying ourselves all the newest toys.

    Few people pay attention to what is happening in this country until there are huge bank failures like this week. So, yeah, we are living in La-La land.

    Presdiential campaigns are expensive. I would rather Obama raise the money from PRIVATE citizens who happen to be entertainers than from large corporations who will want something back.

    September 17, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Steve

    Let me see... Biden in the Senate for 36 years, Obama in the Senate for 4 years. Are you telling me that neither one of them didn't see jobs headed oversees? Can any Democrat supporter tell me what they have done to stop this job loss? What have they done? Congress has more to do with the ecomony than a President does!

    September 17, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Never let them see you sweat....

    ella,
    Obama is concerned about jobs.. Not his job or the hollywood jobs but BLUE COLLAR jobs. Perhaps you should open your mind and focus on the economy instead of a fundraising event as McCain has had his fair share of them as well.

    THE DOW IS DOWN OVER 315 POINTS.... THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD BE PAYING ATTENTION TO!!!

    September 17, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Alex

    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?
    --------

    So you are saying that tv networks should run his ads for free?

    September 17, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Amy

    Country first? Or lobbyists first? McCain, which is it?

    September 17, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Chi4Obama

    To "Ella":

    The fact that Obama had a campaign fundraiser in Hollywood, has absolutely nothing to do with "lost jobs" in PA. One has absolutely nothing to do with the other.

    Then again, I would expect that from a McCain supporter. They are like sheep, believing all of the lies that the GOP throws at them.

    September 17, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Alex

    Do you honestly think that there is a difference between McCain and Bush? The only difference I can see is McCain getting worst than Bush in his sleazy ads and attacks. He lost to Bush because of sleazy ads because of that he is refining Bush’s errors and doing it better than him. Even Karl Rove is shocked at how low he took the ads. Has he stayed on message we would not be talking about this now.

    September 17, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. ml

    If Obama he does read from scripted speech, he is loss. I have heard him speak live, and he makes no sense.
    Wake up people, McCain all the way.
    The US will be safer if McCain is in power. Look at all he has done for Country first.
    If ever something would happen , like another attack, Obama would not be the person I would trust to make a decision. He has no experience as a Commander in Chief.
    He had the opportunity to show that he knows how to govern had he chosen Hilary and he did not. He was afraid that Hilary would shine more them him, being that she should be the one who should be representing the democrats running for president and not Obama. All polls indicated that he screwed that up by not picking Hilary.

    Go McCain all the WAY

    September 17, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. L

    obama, even though you think your god, you cannot stop the manufacturing jobs from going overseas. its too expensive here to run them which makes prices too high when they go out, and the unions have too strong a hold. You can tax them, like you said you would, but then you are just going to force them to close down completely.

    September 17, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. William in Texas

    McCain is nothing more than a replica of Bush. He has admitted to being both techologically and economically ignorant. So what is all the surprise about? If McCain is elected, it will be four more years of continued job losses, corporate subsidies, welfare for the military complex, reduction in social services, lack of public transit and increased unemployment. If this is where America wants to find itself, by all means for the old fool and religious gun totting zealot. WAKE UP AMERICA!

    September 17, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. JJ

    Yes, Obama is telling the truth in this ad! This is what Bush and McCain have long supported! He needs to run this add in Ohio and he was the reason why people are in danger of losing thousands of jobs near Dayton (DHL).

    WAKE UP AMERICA! WE NEED CHANGE! "EIGHT IS ENOUGH!"

    September 17, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Hillary 2012

    Every time Obama goes to make money to west coast
    He think about east coast voters
    Money in one hand words on the other hand !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Give us break
    Mc Cain/Palin2008

    September 17, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. annie

    Obama is all talk and no action. How many times has he promised one thing and done another.

    This is the same guy that talked to the Iraqi's and told them they shouldn't sign an agreement until after the election.

    He was willing to continue to put our sons and daughters in danger just so that he could win an election.

    Well this Democrat has had enough of the Obama lies and will now vote for McCain.

    ENOUGH OF THE OBAMA LIES!!!

    September 17, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. ron

    ella,

    McSame did the same thing last week!

    Since when is it OK for him to do it but not Obama – dont be a hypocrite like your candiate

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. Eric

    Want to know why so many jobs are shutting down and moving out?

    Because the Dems want to remove tax breaks for large corporations.
    This means a decreased profit margin. That is why the move their big businesses overseas and get more breaks and cheaper labor. We have how many people on welfare? Those people could take the lower paying jobs but they refuse. Businesses can't expand because the land they want to use might be inhabited by the one eyed, one eared farting buffalo ant and it is on the endangered species list.

    Come on America. This is why businesses need tax breaks and other incentives. Otherwise they leave. And we want a President who will raise their taxes? You say McCain is going to destroy the economy?
    The Dems have been in charge for how long? They haven't done much that I can see. The President doesn't make these changes, congress does. The President just has veto power.

    And Rob, how do you penalize them? They are independent companies. If the government didn't give them the money to start the company how do they have the right to penalize them?

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. J.P.

    How come every time CNN writes an article about a McCain or Palin ad, they put a little blurb in there that tries to discredit it. Then they write about the Obama ad like it is the hard-nosed truth. You know Obama is stretching the truth here......Write it!

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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