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. Bill Tampa

    Right on target BO....Hit'em back....They have slung mud at you for months. Give them a taste of their own medicine. The difference is that you have facts to back it up..Their's are just lies...We need a change. Look around you. The Republicans have done this to us..and John Mccain you are a Republican...you can't change your stripes. You can't put lipstick on a Republican, it's still a Republican.

    BOJO/08/12

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Kate Fergus

    I hope more people read the facts and start voting based on McCain's real record in Washington. He is a Bush follower. More of the same if not what we need. The country is in dire straights and doesn't need more of the same.

    If people really listened to Obama's detailed platforms, they would quickly change their minds if they considered supporting McCain. No one with any common sense would vote for McCain/Palin

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. mac attack

    How about a list of corporations that have moved overseas.
    When they send their wares back to us to sell, boycott them
    Return to sender, period

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Sharon Kitchen

    This comes as no suprise as an act that is very typical of McSelf.
    If he will draft a bill ,that is later quietly signed ,that removes 12,000 women,children,elders from their lands and onto a radio-actic toxic dump ,(2nd only to Cheranoble) in 1997, (so that they may suffer and die...and this was done with the help of the Morman church ,they had been trying to get the land since 1973 for a profit for them and finaly for Peabody Coal .Ask McCain/Romney how much did they get in the way of money for the lives they endangered ?.)...he will move jobs out overseas. Google the Navajo Nation or UNA and see what he has done to the Native Americans. Palin has also done very similar acts and worse to the Alaskan indeginous peoples...don't think for a moment she wants them to retain their lands....she needs to hunt from helicopters..wolfs,moose, and have their dead or dying bodies hang down on the runners as they fly around looking for more to destroy....and of course, the "pipeline" that hasn't been built from Alaska all the way down inside the lower 48....They make a good team. They do not care. On this toxic waste land nothing can grow,and the water glows. This has been documented and taken to the U.N. in 2000( since no one wished to talk about dire conditions). Food=no. House=no.Health care=none.Education= no. Now on the other hand Obama has talked with,visited,written down what he will do to help. He took the time.He will get their vote. ....McCain/Palin=no....They are out for themselves and will approve what will make them wealthier. The U.S. citizens,....well if they think for one short moment that they care for them....wrong.

    Go Obama/Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. just me

    Ella,

    Please give it up! Both candidates campaign and raise funds from the haves and the have nots! McCain was just in CA with his $100,000/plate fundraiser. Next ....

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. shame on you

    shame on the prominent DNC'er (Hillary backer) who has decided to back Repubs. If you backed Hillary, which is for the Democrats, why "pray tell" would you change your party? You are not a Democrat, you are a feminist. If you are such the feminist that you would vote repub bc of Palin, we don't need people like you in the DNC.

    September 17, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Bruce

    good for him and just top make this stick some more, the State of PA has announced a hiring freeze, no travel out of the state, and possibly asking depts to cut 4+% on expenses because the economy is so bad, and the state is taking less revenue..... so it is beginning to hit home more and more...and what do we hear from McCain no real ideas just " let's from a committee" which is DC's response to everything.

    September 17, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. S. Boatman

    I Think Mccain Gets A Kick Back From Every Job He Helps Get Sent Over Seas! . . . Its Works Like This . . . Send Five Jobs Over Seas . . . Get Five Hundred Dollars . . . Buy A New Pair Of Shoes!

    September 17, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Ade

    @ella

    McLie did a similar fundraiser last month with 'so-called' celebrities....

    What's your point????

    You're a fool!

    September 17, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Bill-C-Bus OH

    I have issue with how some people believe that the party responsible for all these loop holes and breaks are still good enough to save us from the mess that THEY created. I grew up in the rust belt where these failed policies had a devestating effect. And still erode the landscape.

    Give it time. Obama is reacting to the chaos on wall street while McCain is talking about others taking care of it.

    McCain will fail.

    Independent for Obama

    September 17, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Chris

    ella September 17th, 2008 12:32 pm ET

    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?

    ######

    Ella, I would rather vote for a person who gets money from his friends in Hollywood, than vote for a person who wants to send my job to Pakistan.

    September 17, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Independent for Obama

    Hey CNN, it's not a negative ad when you are telling the truth.

    September 17, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. HG

    Yeah Ella. And John McCain doesn't do fundraisers in Florida with corporate lobbyists pulling in $4 million dollars himself.

    Pot, meet kettle.

    September 17, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    THANKS TO BUSH/CHENEY/MCCAIN/GOP.......OUR NATION HAS........LOST.............600,000 JOBS........THIS YEAR!

    YOU CAN COMPLAIN ABOUT HOLLYWOOD & SEN. OBAMA ALL YOU WANT..........BUT THE FACTS........ARE THE FACTS!

    September 17, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Marie Canada

    The answer to Obama's ad is easy for John McCain. All he has to do is stand up and explain why he voted the way he did on these issues.

    John must of had a good reason and he won't be ashamed of the way he voted so obviously he will release an ad explaining why he voted the way he did.

    Sorry John..............if you can remember why you voted those ways then explain your thought process.

    September 17, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. faye, NV

    Look, in order to travel and campaign, run ads you need money. Rallies, TV ads etc this running does not come free. If the American people are sick and tired of being sick and tired then we must stick to a better plan.

    No Palin/McCain.

    September 17, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. The Fab One

    Way to go, Obama, Give 'em hell!!

    September 17, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. ABG

    I think the bottom line is....McCain is a Republican who did NOT oppose or suggest any policies in the past 8 years that could have stopped our economy being in this mess.

    A true Maverick would have done this rather than change his moderate views in 2006 to conform to conservative policies he needed to try and get elected President.

    Outsourcing for profits at the expense of American jobs is a shameful situation.

    John McCain could have done more to stop what has happened. He did nothing.

    For real change, Obama/Biden!

    September 17, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. bob

    Another desparate move by a candidate who is starting to panic!

    September 17, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. VA Guy

    Barack Obama’s campaign has released another negative local ad... I thought this was going to be a civil campaign Obama? Guess you have to get in the gutter with the rest of them since your poll numbers are in the dumps...typical flip flop that has highlighted Obama campaign...since you have no experience of your own to brag about guess you have to go negative.

    September 17, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Illinois Blue Dog

    When Pres. Bush took office the unemployment rate was 4.2%. Currently the unemployment rate is 6.1%. Obama needs to hit McCain and the Republicans hard and often with the economy and jobs. If he does, then I have a feeling that those poll numbers in PA and Ohio start to swing back in Obama's favor.

    September 17, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. lindapuma

    got that right
    McCain has just as much as said – don't expect to get another maufacturing job – they are gone.

    He is completely out of touch with people and with the fact that we need some manufacturing to stay at home to be a big portion of the economy

    These people can't wait to stuff their millionaire buddies' pockets with cash but have no interest in helping good hard working people get good jobs.

    Vile!

    September 17, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Hpotterfan77 in CT

    Ella, are you blind? If you do some research, you might be interested to see where McSame gets his money...can we say lobbyists? If you pay attention, most of the starts in Hollywood would fall into the "over $250,000" that Obama wants to tax yet they still seems to support him because he's honest. If you also pay attention, Obama has gotten more small donations from us ordinary citizens that McCain could dream about and Obama has somehow made more money. No one wants McSame bs anymore.

    September 17, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Mary

    This is Obama's "clean campaigning"??? Wake up and smell the politician, this guy is no different than any other politician...

    September 17, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Steve Marimba

    I bet Bill will be there!

    September 17, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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