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. Obama Supporter from FL

    That's a good ad.

    What really matters in this election? Jobs, putting food on the table, gas prices – It's the economy again, stupid. If Obama can keep this up – drawing these real, important contrasts, we win in November.

    September 17, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. irony

    Mcsame was against regulating anything before he was for it. Pander pander pander. He says the fundamentals of our economy are strong. What is more fundamental to our economy than banks going out of business and declaring bankruptcy? Bailout the Big Boys. These corporate giants are too Big to fail. Read between the lines America: the rest of us are too small to succeed.

    September 17, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Mccain is a Liar

    Go Obama Go My hard earned Dollars a Work Attack a Republican Could not get better than this Will keep sending money so we can get those Lying Republican out of Office Obama and Biden are the clear Choices in this Election!

    September 17, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Jacob

    Ella, you sound like Palin: no idea what you're talking about. Keep trying to make Obama out to be a rockstar, but it's called POPULARITY. It's people like you who think that being smart is ileitis. We don't reward the stupid in this country and we don't reward bad governing, which is exactly why we are booting out Bush, McCain, and everyone else who came with them. GOODBYE REPUBLICANS, HELLO OBAMA

    September 17, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Fed UP

    Now Obama needs to give specific details on this and other issues raised by his campaign!

    Tell us how you're going to penalize companies who continue to outsource.

    Tell us how you're going to reward companies that keep/develop stateside jobs.

    Tell us how you're going to develop new energy/healthcare/scientific technologies to compete on a global scale.

    Enough rhetoric!!! Give us some details!! We want to believe change is possible, but you're not going to be able to compete with the Republican BS machine without a specific course of action!!

    America needs Obama!!! Give us your plan!

    September 17, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. arun

    "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?"

    No Ella, that would be McCain.

    September 17, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. karen-phoenix

    McCain is just plain lazy!!! I live in AZ and he started that stupid "pork" thing so he didn't have to work!! We tried to impeach him 2 years ago but Cindy's money got in the way. AND he should have gone to jail for the "Keating 5" along with Charlie his friend!!!! He also deregulated all of these finnace companies as chairman of the Commerce Commission!!! Another LAZY job!!! The man is toooo old and toooo lazy and soooo uneducated!!!!

    September 17, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. carolflowery

    and obama says all the mccain camp does is slam him, seems it's become his everyday ad now, what a joke

    September 17, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. tony

    All you DEMS just place blame on one side-
    The problem rests with Repubs and Dems -

    All I want to hear is solutions-
    Most Americans will vote against negativity and for solutions at this point-
    We can't change the past -
    We can form the future-

    The people that throw blame around are usually those who cannot succeed

    September 17, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. please

    ella – don't be stupid. McCain goes to lobbyists for his money. I love how you can't discuss the issues, because the repubs can't win on the issues. But nice try, keep spewing the party talking points.

    September 17, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. ChicagoJosh

    I like that these ads are chasing John around the country. Whenever he tries to pander to the blue collar workers, there will be straight talking ads on the radio to combat John's circle talk message.

    September 17, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Becky

    I'm a Pennsylvanian who will be voting for Obama.

    September 17, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Latina for Obama (nj)

    To Ella...Obama goes to Hollywood..mccain goes to the LOBBYISTS

    September 17, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. Amy

    Ella, do you honestly think Republicans don't raise money the same way? Their biggest celebrity, Palin, was raising money at a country club earlier this week. I really don't see the difference other than occupation.

    September 17, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. ANGIE

    Dont worry obama i live in pa and this is your state people here in pa know mccain has helped bush for 8 years sell them out DONT WORRY LOVE THE AD BUT PA IS GOING BLUE!!!!!!! OBAMA/BIDEN08

    September 17, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Go Sarah!

    How come the Best (worst) Political Team on Television are ALL REGISTERED DEMOCRATS? Why were ALL CNN Pundits covering the Republican Convention REGISTERED DEMOCRATS???????

    September 17, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. 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 wrote

    September 17, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Senate Voting Recods

    There is no doubt that McSame has voted along with Bush over 90% of the time. This is on record. You notice how McSame never brings up the percentage of time that Obama voted with Bush, because you know it is real low. So if McSame is suppose to be a maverick, why hasn't he been one over the last eight years?

    September 17, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Grandma for O

    Ella dear, do you know that the same day McCain was slamming Obama for going to Hollywood for a fundraiser, McCain himself was to attend a $25,000 a plate fund raiser for him?

    Didn't think so.

    September 17, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. ARundle

    Hey Ella, John McSame was at a hollywood fundraiser recently as well. How is that ok but its not ok for Obama to raise money?

    September 17, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. Repub. voting Dem. this year!

    Keep at them Obama.....get on up, stand up fight back....I am ashamed of my party and that's why I am voting Democratic this year, just for my economic interest.

    September 17, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. McCan't

    It just blows my mind that people are still supporting McCan't. Its amazing how spreading fear and lies can cloud the real issues. By the way, I think you can stop putting "presumptive" in front of Republican nominee.

    September 17, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. U gotta be kidding

    I can't believe what I am reading doesn't anybody remember who signed the free trade agreement. (Bill did) so blaming McCain for job going over seas is about the dumbest thing I heard. When certain officials (George) put tariffs on china steel Did Obama stand for the steel worker. (no he didn't). But now he worried can we believe that!!!

    September 17, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. McCain for Pres.

    Barack Obama knows that Clinton started NAFTA. He knows that free trade is not going to stop. He knows he won't do anything to change it. He tries to blame John McCain. This is real sleazy politics.

    September 17, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. LSC-Indy

    Ella, why are you hating on his supporters? If people choose to donate, that means they have the money to do it. You are living in La La Land if you believe McSame will bring change to America.

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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