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. tony

    You are all such believers in everything you read–
    McCain does not have the authority to send jobs overseas-
    You can't see lies from your own party-

    BTW–Keep bashing McCain as OLd and every retired person will vote for him-( Largest most consistent Block )
    Keep bashing Palin ( Women don't vote for women because they are women but will come to their defense ( that was from DEM Susan Estrich ) 54% of the block–
    The polls have switch on those 2 factors -
    Please keep it up DEMS-!!!!

    September 17, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Ols Tricks

    To Ella: You are using the same old Republican tricks. Dog out everything anyone does. This is one trip to Hollywood. Obama has made plenty of trips and plans to make many more. Obama will be the President for all including those in La La Land (who wouldn't want to hang out with you) and those that also live in your sticks.

    September 17, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. claudia dick

    ella mcCain have 8 houses obama have one obama just finish paying off is student loan mcCAIN GARAGE COST 1MILLOION DOLLAR TO REFURBISH .SO YOU TELL ME WHO WOULD HELP YOU MORE.

    September 17, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Beverly, NYC

    Ella, don't be bitter that your Fluffy celebrity Sarah Palin doesn't have that kind of monetary pull. Maybe Republicans celebrities can hold a fundraiser for John and Sara , after all you are the party that likes to elect actors, Reagan, Thompson, Schwartenzagger.
    Don't Hate, it causes wrinkles.

    September 17, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Mike

    Oh stop Obama. There is nothing wrong with the economy you big whiner. And if folks can not get health care they can just go to the emergency room. Big babies.

    September 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Unimpressed

    Re: 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?"

    Gee, imagine that. Someone trying to get money from the rich instead of stealing from the poor like McCain and his ELITIST friends.

    September 17, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. kim

    ella you are living in lala land, days before John mccain had his own star studded fundraiser. You have got to diversify your reading and research material and stop using an email that a racist neighbor may have sent you. Free yourself, education is the way.

    September 17, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Elle

    Good, I'm glad Obama is continuing to fight against McCain's attacks and is starting to take the offensive. I'm so sick of the fighting, but as McCain has continued to defy his original promise to run a clean campaign, it's time for Obama to keep hammering McCain's tactics and let the public know that it's time for a Democrat in the White House.

    September 17, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Why isn't anyone talking about this mans health? With his history there is a REAL possibility that Palin could end up running this country????? Has everyone gone crazy??!! This needs to be addressed.

    September 17, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Linda from Prescott AZ

    ella – McCain goes to his lobbiest friends to get his funds. Over $5,000,000 on Monday Night. So what is your beef?

    You will be thinking LALA land if McCain wins, you will be asking yourself why you were so blind. He has been a deregulator for 25 years, why would he change now. He was part of the savings debacle, remember the Keating 5...he was one of them.

    Get smart vote Obama/Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Brina

    ella, just stop with the foolishness. Enough of all that distraction about small things.

    September 17, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. William, from Cali!

    I want to know who is responsible for me losing my job..... last year, and my home....... this year! This has been building for some time now, so stop the "finger pointing" for votes............fix the problem!

    September 17, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. Brina

    CNN where's the link to the ad. Geez you've had NO problem linking McCain's lying ads but now all of a sudden you can't link Obama's ad.

    September 17, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. RSR

    With all of Obama's entitlement programs he is calling for, jobs will become real scarce. Because everyone will need two just to pay the taxes.

    September 17, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Jeff Brown

    Hey McCain... your "Country First" slogan is a joke. The only "Country" you care about is inhabited by special interests, big pharma, big petrol, insurance companies, wall street, etc... You are a lying, old fool!

    September 17, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Terry, NJ

    Sure NOBama.. Blame McCain for the economy sucking... I'm sure some people are gullible and naive enough to believe that him not being President and being a Senator like yourself. Except he's been one for like 15 yrs long than you.... You're both Senators. You're supposed to vote YES or NO on things. Yet YOU have a tendency to just vote PRESENT because you can't make up your mind or you don't want to be held accountable for having voted for something that doesn't turn out favorable with the public maybe?

    DON'T DRINK THE KOOLAID!!!
    NOBAMA!!!!

    September 17, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. Mike

    They used to make Baby Formula in America but the Repugs allowed them to move the companies to China and lay off all the American workers so they could use Chinese labor at about a quarter a day pay.
    So, I have several cases of Chinese baby Formula at home I will sell real cheap. Any takers.

    September 17, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Roz, IL

    ella you sound jealous just like Mcwar, who didn't raise as much in Florida this week.......losers

    September 17, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Milton, Harrisburg, PA

    But McCain was a POW. He must understand economic theory.

    September 17, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. D&D

    Now I understand why Obama had to go on offense to open some people's eyes, because apparently, they can't see the obvious:

    McCain is the Same
    Obama is the Change

    September 17, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. jt

    Obama is just full of the same hot air.

    No record of doing anything good for this country so far except being a community organizer. He got to do more than that to be President.

    Vote McCain a war hero!

    September 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Amazed

    Obama went to Hollywood because they will give to him. McCain would if they supported him. Nobody said anything about the fundraiser Palin had at the Country Club in Ohio with the man that shipped 1000 jobs overseas did they?

    September 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Den

    IM SORRY CNN BUT THAT IS NOT A NEGATIVE AD!!! WHEN YOU TALK FACTS ABOUT WRONG THINGS AND DECISIONS SOMEBODY HAS MADE, ITS NOT NEGATIVE.

    IT DOES NOT PAINT SOMEBODY AS BEING WRONG BUT IT SIMPLY POINTS OUT THE WRONG DECISIONS SOMEOBODY HAS MADE.

    SO PLEASE... WE WENT THROUGH WEEKS OF SMEARING ADS FROM MCSAME CAMPAIGN AND STRAIGHT OUT LIES AND ALL I READ ON THE TICKER WAS "MCCAIN HAMMERS OBAMA ON THIS" ..."GOP GOES OFFEINSIVE ON OBAMA"...
    JEEZE..

    TO ELLA... THIS ENTIRE COUTNRY HAS BEEN IN LA LA LAND FOR 8 LONG YEARS. MAYBE YOU OWN A STAKE ON WALL STREET BUT AVERAGE AMERICANS DO NOT.

    I DARE YOU TO START A CONVERSATION ABOUT MCSAMES ECONOMIC ADVISOR GRAMM!! MAKE MY DAY!!

    BET CNN DOESNT POST THIS COMMENT!!! BUT WHAT ESLE IS NEW?

    September 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. Ryan S.

    When Senator Obama releases an ad such as this, it's called "negative." When Senator McCain releases one, it's called a "contrast" ad. Further, Obama's ads have the added benefit of being *true*, while McCain's are out and out lies. But of course, the press must present a "balance" in reporting, even when no such balance exists.

    September 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. BK

    Obama is a joke trying to make the american people believe its McCains fault. How stupid does Obama think we are? Obama has already told the Canadian Gov. he is not going to do anything about NAFTA. He just wants the people from Ohio to vote for him. What a fraud!

    September 17, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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