August 15th, 2008
12:42 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama ad in Ohio again blames McCain for looming job losses

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama’s campaign released its another ad blaming McCain for the potential loss of Ohio jobs."] (CNN) - One week after Barack Obama's campaign released a tough new Ohio radio ad that said Sen. John McCain and his campaign manager Rick Davis were partly responsible for the potential loss of thousands of jobs in the state, the presumptive Democratic nominee launched a TV spot Friday that makes the same charge.

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

"If DHL - if something happens - it's going to be like a ghost town," says local resident Chris Fisher in the 30-second spot. Morrow, Ohio resident Ed Rutherford tells viewers "I thought I was doing a good job providing for my family. And to have that taken away..." he says emotionally, adding later: "it's tough times. When it's a foreign entity, coming in and sucker punching us. That's how this felt."

"In Washington, John McCain helped pave the way for foreign-owned DHL to take over an American shipping company," says the announcer. "McCain's campaign manager was lead lobbyist for the deal. Now, thousands of Ohio jobs at risk."

The McCain camp quickly sent reporters excerpts of a report from FactCheck.Org criticizing the Obama claims. " just released a report calling Obama’s recent ads accusing John McCain of costing Ohio jobs 'false,' 'misleading' and 'unsubstantiated,'" said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers. "It’s now clear that the Obama campaign’s attack on John McCain and the DHL issue - which Obama campaign manager David Plouffe called 'the most important development in the campaign' - is based on a lie."

Last Friday, the Obama radio ad timed to coincide with McCain's visit, and an AFL-CIO flier sent to 100,000 Ohio union households, made the same claims.

Listen: Obama campaign manager David Plouffe discusses the campaign's DHL radio ad

In response, the McCain team organized a conference call last week featuring an Ohio resident whose question to McCain at a July town hall was excerpted in the Obama radio spot.

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

The Obama campaign also ran a Pennsylvania radio ad last week that accused McCain of failing to protect U.S. motorcycle manufacturing jobs, as the Arizona senator visited the city of York, hometown of Harley-Davidson.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Ohio • Political ads
soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. dittohead with forty names

    Rush says its good that people are losing jobs and it makes us stronger.

    August 15, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. McBride, SLC, UT

    Oh yes. The McCain campaign expects people to believe just because it is fact is actually factual. This is boloni. People are beginning to find out that not much that CNN or any other cable media station has any credibility and only is interested in the partisan, sensational news not the facts at all.

    August 15, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. sam

    Good for the Dems – match slime with slime. It seems it's the only thing people in this country understand anymore. I've always considered myself an independent, but just plain tired of Rove and Company.

    August 15, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |

    Good job Obama.......McPain has has tried with all his might to make Obama look bad....but in my eyes I can't stand a person that would try to bring someone else down ALL the time just to make themself look good.....Obama has not done anything wrong....I would look at this ad and think the same way.......this is our future guys if this man becomes president.....

    August 15, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. Kathryn, Nevada


    Maytag workers whose jobs were shipped to Mexico serve as consistent characters in Barack Obama's stump speech. He employs their stories in railing against corporations that use trade pacts to replace well-paid union workers with low-cost foreign ones.

    It is a ready applause line for the Illinois presidential hopeful, one that he has been reciting almost verbatim since he was a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2004, when appliance giant Maytag was in the process of shutting a refrigerator plant here, putting 1,600 people out of work.

    But the union that represented most of those Galesburg workers isn't impressed with Obama's advocacy. It has endorsed his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. Its leaders say they wish he had done more about their members' plight.

    What rankles some is what Obama didn't do even as he expressed solidarity four years ago with workers mounting a desperate fight to save their jobs.

    Obama had a special connection to Maytag: Lester Crown, one of the company's directors and biggest investors whose family, records show, has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Obama's campaigns since 2003. But Crown says Obama never raised the fate of the Galesburg plant with him, and the billionaire industrialist insists any jawboning would have been futile.

    August 15, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. Chris

    Why do the Obama supporters continuously bash every little comment by a McCain supporter, even if it is actually true? Most of the people who comment here sound extremely bigoted and racist, isn't this against so called Liberal politics? I am astounded at the volume of his supporters that sound as if they can barely read, yet alone find a polling station. Oh and by the way, no need to type in all caps people, we know you are used to yelling at everyone to get your way, but no one cares here. The sad thing about this campaign is everyone has jumped on the Obama wagon yet they have no idea what he is advocating for the most part. Good luck to 4 years of neo-socialism everyone.

    August 15, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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