August 20th, 2008
12:11 PM ET
13 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.

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soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Tim, Seattle

    This is the 50-state ad strategy at work. These ads (unannounced to the press) are very targeted and go under the radar to all except those states and districts.

    Look for these ads to have a slow long-term effect on swing voters who are the 10% undecided in this race. The base voters are pretty much locked in.
    Those voters are the key to tipping the toss-ups to Obama.
    The presidency will be Obama's if he gets Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Mexico, Iowa. And hes leading in all but 1 right now.
    Combine these ads, a good VP choice and take the 'wont vote for Obama' Hill supporters' crowd down from 18% to about 14%, and Barack will have a more comfortable lead.
    Also, in my state, the intensity and sustain of the drive to get young voters out this Nov by Obama is in full force. If there is only a bump of 10% of the 18-24's that vote, it will be huge for Obama.
    A lot of strategy and many arrows waiting in the quiver of Obama and the campaign

    Obama hasnt really begun spending on ads in comparison to McCAin. Look for a post-Olympic ad spend that wil be much more agressive. Look for the ads out of the chute to include the VP choice and look for the hardest hitting ads to come out in force during the GOP convention. Its all in the timing

    Obama 08'

    August 20, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Richard J


    All you "educated" folks here should be smart enough to know that free trade is GOOD for the economy. Free trade, even with China, is a two way street. We buy from them, they buy from us. Just start putting trade restrictions in place and watch our export numbers fall.

    An unmanipulated free market is good for the US and good for the world... i figured you guys would support that in your non-USA centric utopia. . .

    August 20, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. indiePA

    McBush is only one man, but he may become the leader of one of two political parties in the U.S. Not only are they outsourcing jobs. They are giving away all of the basic technology that made the U.S. a world leader. A recent report indicated that the Chinese are taking the items which they make for companies in the U.S. and having their product development people take that level of technology to the next degree and marketing it under a Chinese brand. They're also giving away the future of our children and grandchildren. Yes, McBush is only one is the prez and look at how he's managed to drag this country down in 8 lo-ooooo-o-oong years.

    August 20, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. bridgette

    @Kiss yes they will. I hear them every morning on C-SPAN talking about how they are going to vote for McCain. And alot of these people are the very people who have gotten hurt in the trade process.

    @Pat Riot: No one is an idiot. No one is saying McCain is the one person to blame for all of the jobs being lost. But he has supported every policy. And let's face it the only people who have benefitted from these trade deals are stock holders and the CEO. Oh and also the politicians who also represent corporate America because they don't reperesent the average citizen.

    The reality of it is being POW does not mean you will be a good President.

    August 20, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Chris, NJ

    I'm amazed. John McCain single handedly outsourced 2.3 million jobs to china!! that's god like!!

    I'm sure those companies moving factories to China had nothing to do with it at all. In fact McCain carried entire factories across the Pacific, from here in America to China with one hand tied behind his back.

    The 2006-2008 democrat congress said this was one of many things that they were going to fix that they just never did. Between not stopping outsourcing, and watching gas prices rise to $4.00 per gallon, I think they can share in the blame. I mean after all, John McCain only carried the factories across the Pacific because it would have cost a fortune for the gas to ship them across.

    Give me a break.

    August 20, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. The Bush Twins : George and John

    I pray Americans are not going to fall for McCains lies. A terrible mistake was made in 2004, please stop and think about what you do when its time to vote. If McCain gets put into office, then America will get what it deserves.

    Obama '08

    August 20, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Ken in Dallas

    You want to understand global economics? Fine.

    When two countries with differing standards of living set up a free-trade protocol, their standards of living tend to equalize, to the benefit of the country that started with a lower standard of living, and to the detriment of the partner that started with the higher.

    For us, free trade means lower wages and a lower standard of living. Resistance to the lowering of wages causes jobs to migrate to the country with the lower cost structure consistent with their lower standards.

    Any questions?

    August 20, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Susan

    Some of these posters are a joke. Did they not forget that Obama voted to extend Nafta? They need to look at him (Obama) and what he has voted for before calling other people out. Thank goodness that most voters check the facts before they open their mouths'.

    August 20, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Sherry, Atlanta

    TRUE FACTS... (1) American Jobs have left, the increase was due to Paying for Iraq War (2) American Money being sent Iraq to Re-build the Country (while our infracture has depleted). . .


    August 20, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |

    America wake up MCcain is saying what you want to hear to get elected

    August 20, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. The Bush Twins : George and John

    Wake up America !!. We can't afford 4-8 mores years of this.

    Obama '08

    August 20, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Jason, Los Angeles

    Thank you, AFL-CIO. McCain has done nothing in his career to help Americans. This is just another example. Let's keep 'em coming till November. McCain is a cog in the machine, and we need to step out of that political mechanism.

    Obama 08!

    August 20, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Kent Fitzsimmons,Kewanee, IL

    Why do you think the idiot threw that support statement into one of his many old man stories during that religious forum the other day. Unions back Obama.........period. McCain, gimme a break. 20 some years of doing nothing McSame.............most jobs are gone now. Thanks for caring mcSame.............

    August 20, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Mike, TX

    AFL – CIO against McCain. Just one more reason to vote McCain. The AFL-CIO is responsible for most of the problems of the midwestern states' economies.

    August 20, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    McCain is campaigning to be Commander in Chief.

    Obama is campaigning to be President of the United States.

    Does that make a difference to you?

    August 20, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Obama #1

    If McCain wins, I'm going independent! As a dem and an African American, the party take our votes for granted (see HRC), and the republicans don't even really try. One nice thing I can say about "the Maverick" is that he at least attempted to reach out. Next time they'll both have to do some work.

    August 20, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Brian

    Unions are an outdated concept. They served a purpose, but they are no longer needed. New communications, such as the internet, allow workers to communicate with consumers and influence purchasing decisions.

    Unions now exist for their own sake, not for the workers they protect. The balance of power has shifted too far to the unions side. Things are not equally balanced.

    Free trade is important to the survival of America. NAFTA and other free trade agreements does cause low skil, low wage jobs to leave America. But it creates countless oppotunities for new high paying jobs here in America.

    It is our own fault for being too lazy to get educated to take advantage of these new jobs. People have used unions as a crutch for far too long.

    Go back to school, get trained, take advantage of our new knowledge worker society.

    Its time to grow up America.

    August 20, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. ooops i did it again

    Wayne Berman-CHEVRON, Eric Burgeson-BP, Frank Donatelli-EXXON, Rebecca Anderson-SUNCO, Charlie Black-OCCIDENTAL, Nancy Pfotenhauer-KOCH IND., Randy Scheuenemann-AMCO…these are just a few of the LOBBYIST running McCains campaign. we all know my friends that Mccain flip flopped on Off shore drilling only AFTER the HESS Foundation contributed money to his campaign…and even more to the RNC. we all know my friends how McCain showed poor and detrimental judgment in going into Iraq. we all know my friends that McCain has the worse absent tee record in the Senate, he has the worst record from Vets and women. we all know my friends that McCain WILL reinstate the draft, go to war with Iran and Russia…we all know my friends that behind all of his LIES, GAFFES, FLIP FLOPS that John McCain is the worst candidate we have seen in a very long time. the fact that he claims the war hero card does not explain why McCain REFUSES to release his Military records. Country First? we dont think so John, you go!!!!

    August 20, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Raymond Duke

    If unions are so great why did they not help Obama beat Hillary Clinton in key states where they have a large number of members. Example the teamsters. I will give you a clue. The union hardly has any members left and are a small majority of americans . They fall in the same catgory as blacks in america. They make up a small minority of america in relation to the white population and the Hispanic population which is increasing rapidly in population size. The unions overate themselves on what they can accomplish.

    August 20, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. don

    The one thing that bothers me about both presidential candidates is this. Over 4,000 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq since the war began. Yet over 40,000 Americans will be killed right here in the United States this year by guns.

    One American service person had to be emergency air lifted from Iraq back to Los Angeles where she had to bury her son who was shot down on the streets of LA by what this soldier declared was an urban terrorist. And while I’m writing this I’m listing to the news stating that a lady just a few hours ago had to identify her son who was shot on the streets of Long Beach California. O, by the way, she has two other sons in the Marines currently in Iraq.

    The threat to our society to me seems clear; why don’t our presidential candidates see it?

    August 20, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. McCain voted for Trade

    "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."

    It doesn't matter if Bill Clinton is the cause of this...The FACT is, McCain voted for it. Bill is NOT running for president, McCain is

    August 20, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Bendo

    The Obama turn around begins.....all you repugs just because Mclame goes up a few notches in the polls he's already beaten Obama. Wait till after the debates and conventions, see the polls in CO/VA/NH/NM/IA plus all the Kerry states and you will see a EC win for Obama, nice try on seeing Mcgoo in the oval ofice....not this time!

    August 20, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Joe Kiloz

    R E M I N D--M E M B E R S-–C O S T --O F-G O O D S--W I L L-

    G O--H I G H E R

    August 20, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. Brian

    Mccain is all about drilling. Americans deserve alot better.

    There is alot more sen. John. Healthcare, jobs, good goverment that Americans deserve!!

    August 20, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |

    The campaign can't by law coordinate with the 572's but the AFL-CIO has been right on the money with its timing. GOOD JOB GUYS AND LADIES

    August 20, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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