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. Latina for Obama...NJ

    about time we fight back!!!


    August 15, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Wisest one of All

    More lies from Hussein Nobama. What else can you expect from a racist who is ashamed of the US and is great friends with terrorists? Proven fact!

    August 15, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Shrill for Hill

    The article and ad are true. The freaks that are going to cry about the bad press for McCain should look this up on the "internets" before they comment. McCain is the one who is getting himself entangled in his web of lies. He should have been more careful with his words and deeds in the past.

    If you think the add is negative, too bad. McCain pledged to run a positive campaign same as Obama, then he started in with the "celebrity" and the "Messiah" ads. The big difference between the ads for the two campaigns; Obama doesn't need to make this stuff up.

    McCain is too old and too risky to be POTUS

    Obama '08

    August 15, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    this is factual

    August 15, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Joe Kiloz

    Obama's limited campaign relying mostly on blame without foundation

    and without specific policies nor a track record to show past involvement

    showing a course of action , is leaving Mr. Obama exposed to scrutiny ,

    lack of adherence of new voters wanting to join him in this aimless

    exercise on his part of basically finger pointing.

    August 15, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Informed Voter

    LOL mash Mc Cain to smithereens .... Democrats will bring a gun to a knife fight ... LMAO

    August 15, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. SDunn

    Stop whining voters for McCain. You weren't saying this when your candidate was attacking Obama with lies, filth, and innuendo! It's time the truth comes out about McCain. The media has glorified and babied McCain far enough and it's time that his voting record is vetted!

    August 15, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Faux News

    It's funny how the GOP can give a punch but can't take a punch. Its about time the Dems start slapping some people around.

    August 15, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. David Peter

    Good job, Obama! Hit the old man where it hurts, maybe next time mention McCain's scandalous affair when he dumped his wife for a barbie doll trophie

    August 15, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. S. Boatman

    Thousands Of Hard Working People Can Loose Their Jobs But One Or Two People At The Top Made Millions Im Sure! This Is The Kind Of Policies Mccain Likes And Will Continue He He Is Elected! More Money For A Few And Nothing For The Many!

    August 15, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. 18,000,000 plus the disenfranchised

    Looming unemeplyment stems from "free trade agreement" which needs tweeking or total overhaul. That, my friend, was not just a republican decision,it was largely the Dem.s that helped that along. Not that the idea wasn't good,and some good hasn't come out of it. But this looming unemp. is a backlash. But let Obama keep making an inexperienced idiot out of himself. that is just what we want.......for him to show his complete lack of knowledge of the issues,or cause and effect.

    August 15, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Tony

    oooopppppsssss, it looks as though FACTCHECK not Mccain has debunked this ad. You would think NOBAMA could hire some people with a little bit of brains, Or maybe he does not have a problem with knowingly misleading people. He learned that under Rev. Wright

    August 15, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Alex, USMC

    Having done a little bit of fact-checking the Obama campaign and the AFL-CIO have managed to stretch the truth a little bit here. John McCain did oppose a measure that would have blocked the sale of Airborne Express to DHL. However, this was in 2003, long before the issues surrounding the loss of these jobs came to be.

    As far as erroneous statements go, there is certainly no "lie" in what the Obama campaign says. McCain did indeed oppose a measure to block the sale to DHL. He opposed it so strongly that he convinced Ted Stevens, the Senator from Alaska who proposed the bill, to water down the language. Even after Senator Stevens ammended the bill to McCain's liking, he opposed the bill.

    In the end, the loss of jobs is regrettable and has roots in some of the failed economic policies of this administration. However, it's a bit hard to tie John McCain's single vote in 2003 to the exact events occuring today that will potentially lose 8,200 jobs in Ohio.

    What is worrying is the fact that John McCain was so willing to fight for DHL when even the words he convinced a senator to write became incovenient, he rallied against the position he himself helped pen...the fact that DHL paid $185,000 to the firm of McCain's campaign manager at the time just to support the merger. Money and politics are inherently intertwined, but it does seem from the evidence that John McCain was willing to fight any words- including his own- that would impede the merger in any way.

    However, all in all the ad is not a perfectly accurate summary of the progression of events.

    August 15, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. matter what!

    Republican and Independents are blinded by just how bad these money hungry, selfish, war mongers really are!

    Why do people support them? Is it racism, religious fanatisism, or greed to not pay their fair share of taxes?

    1) McCain's white skin isn't going to save your jobs, home, or our economy.

    2) Wrongful wars that kill thousands of American sons & daughters isn't very Christian-like in my bible. Neither is crooked deals that put money in your pocket while draining the pockets of the non-rich.

    3) First, you'd have to, single handidly, make over $250K to benefit from the Republicans tactics. Second, while you temporarily make money by not paying your fair share of taxes, you are allowing America to be bankrupt and fall from their superpower status, which will eventually become a country not worth half of what it once was!

    Wake up and stop the Republicans from destroying America. If they really cared about morals & values, they wouldn't be blinded with greed and power and would help build America for everyone!

    August 15, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. kalu

    Yes i strongly belive that Mccain is helping sending thousands of our jobs to over sea, he has been in Washington for so long and failed to halt all this job shipping. He speaks to the pressident more often that his oponent does and both belongs to the same party [GOP] How come is that now that he is contesting for the office of the presidency he is trying to distance him self from the fail policy of his best friends Bush and Cheney, Americans are not stupid, we made that mistake four years ago and we are not about to make the same mistake again, enough is enough, its time that we take our country back from this elitis who doesnt understand what magority of this nation are going through. When was the last time Mccain stoped by the gas station to fill up his gas tank? when was the last time he stoped by the grocery store to buy a gallon of milk?

    August 15, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. psittacines

    John McSurge is a 26-year Washington insider who made D's in the Naval Academy, has a chip on his shoulder like Bush, and will continue to favor his cronies while choosing war and threats as his only foreign policy. This man is over the hill and if voters cannot see it in the way he walks and talks, they better start saving up their money for the hard times he and the other GOP would bring.....:)

    August 15, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. mel

    McCain,will be worst president than Bush,Bush really hurt this
    country alone with Cheney as well. They both will pocket losts of
    money when leaving office. McCain have plenty of money to buy
    cover-up and his is rich. Voter don't trust the republican,it's time
    clean house. Democrates can and will make america smile again.
    We will have a better world to live in once the republican are out
    of office.

    August 15, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Donna from Colorado Springs

    I'm so glad to see that Obama is hitting McBush hard on the economy. McBush praises Bush for all he's done and ignores how bad the economy is,saying how good it is. The republicans economic policies have sunk this country to an all time low concerning the economy, and McBush and all the other republicans who have followed Bush blindly for four years are solely to blame.You go Obama!

    August 15, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Des Moines Guy

    OK – didn't many of you just complain about negative ads from McCain and how Obama doesn't play the "same old Washinton Politics"?

    August 15, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Connie

    You go Obama hit them and hit them hard, we have your back.
    Connie from Indiana

    August 15, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Obama is the dumbest candidate ever

    Typical liberal crap. Tell lies find anything to blame on other guy. And this was supposed to be a uniter?

    Americans don't want Obomber.

    August 15, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. REA

    shame on mccain for all the negative ads he have been running john mccain need to take his negative ads off the air well payback is a itch is't it. OBAMA 08

    August 15, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Danny, Independent from AZ

    Wow. So CNN busts out when Obama releases an ad but fails to do so on the past FOUR ads McCain released falsely criticizing Obama's tax policies.

    And yes.. of course people are going to say, "Obama promised new kinds of politics, but here is another smear ad." And if he didn't do that, "Oh Obama is weak. McCain attacks him and his character with negative ads but Obama is too weak to do the same."


    It will be Obama in November America, get used to it.

    August 15, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. KG

    The job losses in Ohio began under Clinton (a Democrat) w/NAFTA and they continue today under a Democrat-lead Congress.

    Let's see....what has happened since the Democrats took over Congress two years ago and have come to save the day? Gas up over $2/gal, interest rates up, stock market down 2000+ points, housing market in the toilet, job losses (not just in Ohio, but everywhere), consumer confidence the worst it's been, etc. And, what are the Democrats doing about any of this? They went on vacation. Yes, let's make sure we vote for a Democrat, they seem to be so adept at fixing things.....

    August 15, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Tony

    Gotta love that the Obamabots are now bringing out the "Keating 5" incident, and in unison. Funny that you morons would bring it up, since only three senators - all Democrats - were found to be tampering with the investigation by the Ethics Committee. And McCain was included in the investigation so that there'd be at least one Republican being investigated.

    August 15, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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