August 20th, 2008
12:11 PM ET
14 years ago

AFL-CIO targets McCain on trade with China

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(CNN)—In part of a greater effort to reach out to critical swing state voters, the AFL-CIO is targeting John McCain’s support of trade with China in a new mailer.

“Beijing 2008 America’s athletes are coming home,” the mailer reads. “But thanks to John McCain, 2.3 million jobs aren’t.”

50,000 union swing voters throughout Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania will receive the latest mailer which cites McCain’s 1993 and 2000 Senate votes to implement and establish framework for trade with China.

“2.3 million jobs outsourced to China? That’s not a world record I would be proud of,” union member Dennis Philippi says on the mailer.

The mailer coincides with face-to-face efforts on the ground, according to AFL-CIO spokesman Steve Smith. Voters who receive the mailer are also getting phone calls from the group and knocks at their doors to ensure they hear the message “consecutively” in a number of ways.

Thus far the mailers have been “very well received” according to Smith.

This is the AFL-CIO’s second mailer taking aim at McCain in the past two weeks.

Filed under: AFL-CIO • John McCain
soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Robert

    More lies and deceipt from the left!

    McCain 08

    August 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. ex-Republican for Obama


    August 20, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Charlotte

    Unions are to blame with their more, more mentality.

    August 20, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Vegas

    "McCain’s 1993 and 2000 Senate votes to implement and establish framework for trade with China."

    Oh yea... and who was president? You know.... the one who pushed the deal? Charlie Tree and his cronies... yea...

    Nice move Obama... pick legislation pushed by the Dems...

    August 20, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Dittohead High School

    I love Rush Limbaughs fiscal policy,I get richer while you get poorer and dumber.

    August 20, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    Great job in getting the truth out where it counts AFL-CIO Kudos to you.
    PS: Hey "aware" – your comments make your monicker into an "oxy-moron"

    August 20, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. NObama 2008

    Yes, let's listen to unions. They might have done some good for the U.S. when we had child labor but no one seriously thinks it wasn't the unions' fault for the auto industry and the steel industry for going belly up in the U.S.

    August 20, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. NObama 2008

    The AFL-CIO forces it's members to give their dues and then ignores them, if they aren't "of the right " party and uses those dues to help one party.

    Kind of unamerican, don't you think?

    August 20, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Carmon Minneapolis MN

    Its been almost a year now and I have had the same home phone number and cell phone number and I have NEVER EVER EVA EVA EVA been polled. So my advice to all you who have not been polled, don’t believe this because after almost a year of campaign polls that the media keeps reporting on you cant tell me AFTER A YEAR they could not have found the time to call either of my phones by now.

    As a matter a fact no one I know has been polled. I bet CNN won’t post this because they don’t want people to know that these polls are a load of BS and that they are Media Driven.


    August 20, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. LIbertine, Fort Myers

    No breaks.
    Allow him his justice. Then punish him to the fullest extent of the law if he is found guilty.

    If he's guilty–several million U.S. taxpayers have a debt to settle for his wrangling and coniving millions of taxper dollars into his own pockets. We'll be happy to watch him rot away in prison w/ Bubba and his friends.

    August 20, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Speak no, hear no, see no....

    The AFL-CIO...the greatest group of independant thinkers on the planet! Suurrrrree...they know what's really important in life. All together now.....OBAMA...OBAMA...OBAMA....hey Louis, fall in didn't make your $50 COPE donation, Louis...OBAMA...OBAMA...I'm pullin' your card...OBAMA...OBAMA...

    August 20, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Former Republican

    Life long Republican is now voting for Obama.

    August 20, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Que Quedas

    Richard J......china imports about 1 million dollars in good to the Us and we export 2 dollars of goods to China.......the trade discrepancy is enormous......if that is fixed then some free trade is beneficial.....but as things are now it is too much coming in and not enough goin to China

    August 20, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Dittohead High School

    Hey hows 8 yrs of DEREGULATION COMING ALONG?How many dead people, dead cats and dogs etc.Electric and gas bills?Now I know what over paid manangers do all day,they sit and blog and whine about not making enough corporate profits.

    August 20, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. NUTTER!!!

    TO-NObama 2008 August 20th, 2008 4:34 pm ET
    The AFL-CIO forces it's members to give their dues and then ignores them, if they aren't "of the right " party and uses those dues to help one party.That is BIG FAT LIE!!!

    August 20, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. dittohead with forty names

    Lets meet in the streets you republican scum.

    August 20, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. St Croix, or bust

    Former Republican (August 20th, 2008 4:42 pm ET)

    "Life long Republican is now voting for Obama."

    Another Obama zombie takes to the streets.

    August 20, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. Phantom of the Oprah

    Vote Obama !

    August 20, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Alice Brinkley


    August 20, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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