Obama for America

30 sec. ad run in IA released Dec. 22, 2007. 

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[Music] Obama voiceover: I'm Barack Obama, and I approve this message.

Obama: Ordinary people all across the country are struggling from paycheck to paycheck. 

If the plant moves to China, and you've been working there for 20, 30 years and suddenly you have the rug pulled out from under you, and you don't have healthcare and you don't have a pension. You’re on your own. 

We've got to stop giving tax breaks to companies that are moving overseas, and give those tax breaks to companies that are investing right here in Iowa, in the United States of America. 

Enough is enough. 


Notes: A 527 group backing Edwards recently ran a TV spot on this subject.  

From the Obama campaign press release:

The Bush Administration has done little to protect Americans whose livelihoods are being threatened by globalization and changes in technology.  By failing to enforce U.S. trade agreements, overseas companies and workers have been given an unfair and sometimes illegal advantage over American workers.  

“American workers deserve better. When I’m President, we’ll make sure our trading partners live up to their agreements,” Obama said.   “We’ll have a trade representative who’s actually representing American workers. And we’ll do more to stop countries like China from acting unfairly when it comes to trade – because no country should get a free pass if they’re bending the rules.” 

Obama will make enforcement the top priority of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Office, and he will increase resources for the USTR so it can carry out its responsibility to protect American interests.  As President, Obama will only negotiate trade agreements that benefit American workers and have strong and enforceable labor and environmental standards in the body of the agreement.  In addition, Obama will help workers hurt by the effects of globalization get back on their feet by strengthening training programs and providing assistance for health care costs.      

“When I’m President, we’ll give you training before you lose your job if there’s a good chance it will get shipped overseas,” Obama said.  “We’ll give you an education account that you can use to retrain. We’ll help ensure that losing your job doesn’t also mean losing your health care by giving you some extra money to pay for it. And we’ll make sure employers give you an additional month’s notice before letting you go – so you have 90 days’ notice, instead of just 60.  We’re not going to be able to stop globalization in its tracks, but what we can do is have a President who’s standing up for American farmers and workers. That’s why I’m running for President.”