The Ad War Continues in Ohio
By Ed O'Keefe
MENTOR, Ohio -- With just five days until Election Day, independent political groups continue to spend money on advertising in battleground states. This time it's the Service Employees International Union, spending $425,000 to air a 30-second spot, called "Meghan," statewide on cable and broadcast stations. It raises questions about John McCain's support of NAFTA and the economic impact the trade agreement had on Ohio workers.
"After 12 years, my job was shipped to China and I didn't know what I was going to do," Meghan Cofield of Dayton, Ohio, says in the ad. "John McCain voted for tax breaks for corporations that ship American jobs overseas. How does that help working people?
"I was Meghan the Factory Worker -- and John McCain's votes on outsourcing haven't helped me one bit. John McCain needs to know that giving tax breaks to corporations that ship American jobs overseas is just not right."
The "Meghan the Factory Worker" moniker plays off of the McCain campaign's embrace of Ohio native Joe Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. "Joe the Plumber," who campaigned today with McCain in Sandusky.
SEIU has aired other ads about health care in other battleground states and joined forces with other Liberal groups to air a separate set of ads on the issue. In Ohio, the union has also distributed mailers about health care. It is just one of dozens of groups doing whatever they can in the final days to sway voters.
Posted at 5:42 PM ET on Oct 30, 2008
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