Obama for America

60-second radio ad run in OH, announced Aug. 8, 2008.

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[Music] Male Announcer: July 9th,  2008.  Portsmouth, Ohio.  Here's what John McCain said about DHL’s plans to eliminate 8,200 Ohio jobs.

McCain (clip from Ohio town hall): I gotta look you in the eye and give you straight talk.  I don't know if I can stop it or not or if it will be stopped.

Announcer: But there’s something John McCain's not telling you: It was McCain who used his influence in the Senate to help foreign-owned DHL buy a U.S. company and gain control over the jobs that are now on the chopping block in Ohio.

And that's not all: McCain's campaign manager was the top lobbyist for the DHL deal...helped push it through.  His firm was paid $185,000 to lobby McCain and other Senators.

Now 8,200 Ohioans are facing layoffs, and foreign-owned DHL doesn't care.

McCain (clip from Ohio town hall): I gotta look you in the eye and give you straight talk...

Announcer: John McCain.  Same old politics.  Same failed policies.

Obama: I'm Barack Obama, candidate for President, and I approved this message.

Announcer: Paid for by Obama for America.


Notes:  In response to this ad, the McCain campaign held a conference call with Mary Houghtaling, Wilmington, Ohio resident and co-founder and president of the Community Care Hospice, and Nancy Pfotenhauer, McCain 2008 spokeswoman, on what it termed "Barack Obama's Attempt to politicize potential job losses in Wilmington, Ohio."  The campaign provided this excerpt:

Mary Houghtaling: "There has been so little joy for the last 75 days, and yesterday we had a glimmer of hope. The front page of our little news journal here in Wilmington, God bless them, it said, we finally have an ally. We have an ally, finally working for us, not against us. Doing something; do something, do something. He [John McCain] did something. I asked him to come here. He did. I asked him can you tell us if you can help us', he didn't know. It's straight talk. People don't like straight talk, they want to be petted. I don't want to be petted. I want action. I want movement. I want to see something happen. And that's exactly what happened. That's exactly what happened.

"And I am offended. And it [the Obama radio ad] used me under this situation when I'm probably looking at foreclosure, bankruptcy, and am I going to be able to keep my small hospice alive. We don't know that. It's a shameful, horrible thing for him [Barack Obama] to use us to promote him. It isn't fair. It's wrong. It's just plainly not a kind thing to do. We had moments of joy yesterday, and now just moments ago, when I opened this, here's another wonderful thing, and then smack, right again in the face. We don't need anymore bad things in Wilmington. We need to be able to be happy for a weekend for a while. Just for one weekend. Please take the ad down Senator Obama. I'm begging you. Please take it down. It's offensive, and we're desperate, we don't need that. We need help, we don't need that.