August 15th, 2008
12:42 PM ET
13 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. Lynnette

    Now this is a nasty ad against McCain.

    August 15, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. American Son

    That's what I'm talking about.

    Smear it all up in his old McCrutchetly FACE!!!!!!!!

    Obama '08

    August 15, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |

    McCain, your record is in writing. The facts of your actions will speak for themselves as we see nothing that comes out of your mouth or campaign can be considered creditable.

    When given the choice to vote for bills in favor of the people and the greater good you have always sided with corporate America. You say you are against wastful spending – do you consider it wastful to save American jobs?

    August 15, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Truth

    That's pretty hard stuff!. Senator McCain and his college dropped out Rick Davis will have to deal with it. Truth hurts really hard!.

    August 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. well well now

    why would the RNC choose McCain to be their candidate? he is soooo wrong. from 59 lobbyist running his campaign to Keating 5, from knowing nothing about economy to the Hess foundation (sfter off shore flip flopp) from bomb bomb bomb Iran to "i think i can speak for ALL Americans" from not knowing what HE voted on to Pastor Parsley, from $520.00 loafers to shipping American jobs over seas....McCain is clearly the worst person to be running for POTUS...
    he lied to his first wife, the Vickie Isman scandal still leaves questions, he is clearly inept, he lied about a clean campaign and about Obama. he is a could anyone trust this man...i dont

    August 15, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. 45 yo white female democrat for McCain

    Obama will stoop to the lowest of lows to put his name in the history books. McCain had done more for this country before Obama got out of diapers, than obama can possibly dream of doing in his lifetime. That's all Obama is, a dreamer. I hear that's common with drug use.

    August 15, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Karen in Florida

    Where is the "high road" now, Obama? Getting right down there in the snake pit, aren't you??? Shall we start looking at everything you have voted for since you have been in office? Won't take long – you didn't vote on so very many issues, even those you say now are important to you.

    What a sham that CHANGE mantra is and how sad it is that so many of your supporters don't see it.

    August 15, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |


    August 15, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Time to grab GOP by the throat! Let's get down to business Obama Team its show-time!

    August 15, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. School Daze

    The only way that John McCain could be elected President of the United States over Barack Obama is to grade John on a curve and grade Barack on an absolute scale.

    August 15, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Will-South Dakota

    McCain is getting a taste of his own campaign medicine. Open wide Johnny.

    August 15, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. Rob Kole

    Of course DHL the company and the owners of DHL stock have nothing to do with this. Must be nice to be able to blame one person for the failings of a company. Not true nor smart but nice.

    So much for the "Change" in politics Obama wants to bring.

    August 15, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Richard from DE

    I am a registered Republican and for the first time in 42 years of voting, I will be casting for my vote for a Democrat President. I support Barack Obama and I am ashamed of the dirty tricks of the GOP. My father would be spinning in his grave if he knew where his once great party is heading.

    August 15, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Luckyj

    Wow!!! I love KARMA

    August 15, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Clinton/McCain

    Here we go again. Lies and more lies.

    August 15, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Dawn

    The initial deal BROUGHT jobs to Ohio. How can anyone in the campaign or McCain himself be blamed for something that happened 5 YEARS AFTER THE FACT. The Obama campaign is reaching.

    August 15, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Christopher In TN

    McBush sure can dish it out but can't take it. What a namby-pamby!

    August 15, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. Ken in Dallas

    Sounds pretty factual to me. Good for the corporate bottom line, if not the "general welfare".

    August 15, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. KATE

    About time, Obama attacked Mcbush for his neocon economic policies.

    August 15, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. Roberta

    Thanks, CNN. Whatever would we do with you, the Official Media of Presumptive Nominee Barack Obama. More like Narcissistic Nominee Barack Obama. You give new meaning to the phrase "in the tank."

    August 15, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. RyanD.

    This isn't an attack ad...this is a TRUTH ad about ISSUES.

    Obama 08'

    August 15, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Mark

    I hate to see these attackst.

    But what should Obama do to compete against all the lies from McCain (like claiming he would raise taxes on families) 🙁

    At least Obama sticks with the truth.

    August 15, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. ANGIE


    August 15, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. akaDoug

    This is a great ad...glad to see that the Dems are growing up and realizing that the Repugs will never "play nice!"

    Hit 'em hard and hit 'em often...and then maybe, just maybe America may wake up and realize that another 4 years of Bush policies will lead us further down the toilet!

    August 15, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. Jonathan

    It's a good ad. It's nothing worse than what McCain and the RNC have been trying to do against Obama. And at least Obama relies on some basis of fact to attack McCain. Look at McCain's last two big ads of "Celebrity" and "The One". Those ads are terrible because they have nothing to do with politics. The only message I get is that McCain and the RNC are trying to demonize being popular, having good ideas and trying to bring the world together. I don't know when those became bad things!!!! McCain is jealous.

    August 15, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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