August 8th, 2008
02:38 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama camp says McCain cost Ohio jobs

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A new Obama radio ad says McCain cost Ohio jobs."]
(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama's campaign released a tough new Ohio radio ad Friday that said Sen. John McCain and his campaign manager Rick Davis were partly responsible for the potential loss of thousands of Ohio jobs.

"[T]here’s something John McCain's not telling you: It was McCain who used his influence in the Senate to help foreign-owned DHL buy a U.S. company and gain control over the jobs that are now on the chopping block in Ohio," says the announcer in the new spot, which includes recordings of the presumptive Republican nominee promising "straight talk."

"And that's not all: McCain's campaign manager was the top lobbyist for the DHL deal...helped push it through. His firm was paid $185,000 to lobby McCain and other senators. Now 8,200 Ohioans are facing layoffs, and foreign-owned DHL doesn't care.... John McCain. Same old politics. Same failed policies."

Listen: Obama campaign manager David Plouffe discusses the tough new ad

DHL is considering moves that would result in the loss of than 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio. McCain visited the town Thursday, as workers continued to protest the proposed cuts.

UPDATE: The McCain team fought back Friday afternoon. "The Obama campaign's hysterical reaction to our latest ad shows just how far they'll go in attacking anyone who discusses Barack Obama's actual record and the impact of his plans on American families. In Barack Obama's rarefied universe, votes and actions have no consequences," said campaign spokesman Brian Rogers in a statement.

Listen: The McCain campaign blasts the Obama radio ad in a conference call with reporters

"This allows him to say he opposed the Bush-Cheney energy policy when in fact he voted for it. And this allows him to say he is on the side of the middle class when he voted for tax increases on people making just $42,000 per year. The bottom line is that Barack Obama's plans for higher taxes on oil means higher prices at the pump and his plans for increasing taxes on businesses and investment means fewer jobs for hardworking Americans,” said Rogers.

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  1. anonymous

    Don't blame McCain for loss of jobs. Blame your comapany CEO and main stock holders and the owners of the company. The are the ones choosing to lay off and close shop not McCain. The way I personally feel about these corporations closing going oversees I think they should just pack their bags and family and move with their company and live there. Then we turn around and buy their goods and still pay the high $. They tell you well it's cheaper labor, that is bull as we americans still pay top $ for everthing from overseas and nothing is of quality anymore. Think before you buy from no on. Do you really need it and what does it do for you but keep you in debt. I shall always remember my grandfathers favorite statement, IF YOU HAVE TO BUY WITH CHARGE YOU CANNOT AFFORD IT TO BEGIN WITH AND NOT ONLY THAT ALL THE INTEREST YOU PAY AND NOW IT IS ALL BEING MADE OVERSEAS. tHE QUALITY STINKS.

    August 8, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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