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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.

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"Meanwhile authorities revealed some answers as to who had improperly searched Wurzelbacher's personal records, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

* "The Toledo Police Department announced today that a civilian employee improperly pulled Wurzelbacher's information on behalf of a reporter for a Toledo television station shortly after the Oct. 15 presidential debate. The employee has been charged with gross misconduct and faces a disciplinary hearing, said Chief Michael Navarre. He declined to identify the TV station, but said the reporter confirmed asking for a check on Wurzelbacher's address.

* "The Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency also said an employee's computer was used to improperly access Bureau of Motor Vehicles records on 'Joe the Plumber.' The employee denies involvement.

* "Another access of Wurzelbacher's information, by an outside contractor who had access to an attorney general's office test account, is being investigated by the State Highway Patrol.

* "Inspector General Thomas P. Charles is investigating why the director of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services approved a check on Wurzelbacher through the state's child-support computer system. Director Helen Jones-Kelley said that after a 'team meeting,' she OK'd the check because the department often runs inquiries to check for unpaid child support when people are thrust into 'the public spotlight.'"

Jones-Kelly, a Democratic appointee who has given the Obama campaign $2,500, claimed to have had no political motivations when she allowed the check."

Democrats Abuse Their Appointed Power in

Attempt To Smear their Political Rivals?

Wow and The Mainstream Media Noticed...

That's Not The Kind Of "CHANGE WE NEED"!

That's more of the worst...

Posted by: thecannula | October 31, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

David Harsanyi
Denver Post 10/31/08

"...Now, I'm not suggesting Obama intends to transform this nation into 1950s-era Soviet tyranny or that he will possess the power to do so. I'm suggesting Obama is praising and mainstreaming an economic philosophy that has failed to produce a scintilla of fairness or prosperity anywhere on earth. Ever.

If you believe that "fairness" -- a childishly subjective idea that ought to be quarantined to playgrounds and Berkeley City Council meetings -- should be meted out by the autocrats inhabiting Washington, D.C., your faith will be duly rewarded.

You know, once upon a time, the stated purpose of taxation was to fund public needs -- such as schools and roads -- assist those who could not help themselves, defend our security and freedom, and yes, occasionally offer bailouts to sleazy fat cats.

Obama is the first major presidential candidate in memory to assert that taxation's principal purpose should be redistribution.

The proposition that government should take one group's lawfully earned profits and hand them to another group -- not a collection of destitute or impaired Americans, mind you, but a still-vibrant middle class -- is the foundational premise of Obama's fiscal policy."

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need"
K Marx 1875
B Obama 2008

Posted by: thecannula | October 31, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Gort has been abducted, multiply replicated and is now being abused by the McCain campaign team in its final desperate effort to add four more years to the Cheney-Bush catastrophe. We've got only one day left to raise money and only four more days to knock on doors, make phone calls and boost voter turnout to a 48-year record. The turnout of the voting-age population was 63.1% in 1960. In 2004, it was 55.3%. The low point was 49.1% in 1996.



Posted by: DrainYou | October 31, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse


CNN takes a look at what went wrong with McCain's planned Phoney Plumber Joe photo op earlier this morning. According to the McCain campaign, Joe decided he didn't want to go at the last minute, but according to Joe, they never followed up with him after making the initial invite.

Either way, it led to one of the most humiliating moments of the campaign for McCain, who announced Joe's presence to the crowd only to quickly discover that Joe was a no show. An obviously flustered McCain then flubbed an attack line during his speech, and instead of recovering simply said: "never mind."

Here's more video of today's McCain event -- absolutely hilarious!:


Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Wait until We the Voters finish with the Republican Party next Tuesday. It'll be quite clear what The American People want .... it won't be Republicans. No way, No how!

Posted by: thebobbob | October 30, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse


Race innuendos, terrorist stew
Rashid Khalidi (and Farrakhan too?)
No money left, do the sums
But something wicked this way comes

Palin opens her crooked mouth
To fan the hatred in the south
‘Kill him’ blurts from drunken gums
When something wicked this way comes

Joe the plumber McCain does seek
Maybe he had to take a leak
John just stood there looking dumb
Please, SOMEthing wicked this way come

October surprise has told the tale
THIS TIME EVIL is doomed to fail
Karl Rove schemed with his vile chums
But hope at last this way comes

Bush has provided at least a partial surprise with his attack on Syria.
But opinion polls split crisis response evenly between Obama and McCain.
So the effect has no effect.

John McCain
Corporations First, Country Last.

Posted by: seems2me | October 30, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse


Agreed. Outsource all of the US Senate and US House of Representatives who inserted the virus (sub-prime loans) for non-credit worthy individuals. This action paved way for future collapse. Both parties (Gramm, Dodd, Frank)...the whole bunch.

Posted by: jhpbriton | October 30, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Outsource McCain.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 30, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

OMG...Chris Matthews still can't walk away from his podium following last evening's 30 minute flick...apparently his leg is still tingling

Posted by: jhpbriton | October 30, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

In a twisted sort of way I almost want McCain to win this election because four more years worth of failed Bush/McCain policies would for all intents and purposes be the end of the Republican party as we know it today. They would become the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.

The only question is, would this country survive it?

You people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, PA and Virgina etc, if you are stupid enough to vote for McCain you will deserve every single bit of economic hardship that a McCain presidency will give you.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse




The wassup guys from the Budweiser ads offer their take on the disasterous Bush/McCain years and the 2008 election:

Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama Supporters Using Huckabee in new online ad.

Criminal charges brought up on Palin for ethics issues?

Posted by: pastor123 | October 30, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama Supporters Using Huckabee in new online ad.

Criminal charges brought up on Palin for ethics issues?

Posted by: pastor123 | October 30, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

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