Buckeye State Ad Battle
By Ed O'Keefe
As he emerges from his Hawaii vacation, it seems Barack Obama is preparing to escalate the ad wars. A new ad set to air in Ohio hits John McCain for his connections to the potential loss of thousands of DHL Express jobs in Wilmington, Ohio.
"In Washington, John McCain helped pave the way for foreign-owned DHL to take over an American shipping company," the ad starts. "McCain's campaign manager was lead lobbyist for the deal. Now, thousands of Ohio jobs at risk."
"It's tough times," says Morrow, Ohio, resident Ed Rutherford in the spot. "When it's a foreign entity, coming in and sucker punching us. That's how this felt."
Considering the recent wave of American companies in merger or acquisition talks with foreign owners (Anheuser-Busch and American Airlines come to mind) the ad should resonate with Buckeye State voters. Fifty-five percent of the state's voters consider the economy the most important issue, according to the most recent statewide survey by Qunnipiac University.
The McCain campaign quickly responded with an ad that echoed another spot released released earlier in the day:
"It's Obama's taxes that will hurt Ohio families," the McCain response ad says. "His taxes are a recipe for 'economic disaster.'"
Sen. McCain promised Wilmington residents last week that he will ask Congress and the Justice Department to investigate the potential loss of DHL jobs. Obama's Senate office had sent a letter to Bush Administration officials in late July with a similar request.
The latest Obama ad follows the DNC's release of a Web-only video earlier this week on the same issue, an Obama campaign ad in Nevada critical of McCain's stance on Yucca Mountain and another message attacking the Republican's economic proposals.
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