DNC - Senator McCain Watch: Job-Killing John


Washington, DC--
John McCain is in Pennsylvania today on a so-called "jobs tour," promoting more of the same Bush economic policies that have been a disaster for the state.  From supporting corporate tax breaks at the expense of tax breaks for middle class Americans, to proposing billions of dollars in new deficit spending, to advocating for unfair trade deals that have helped his lobbyist friends but led to a loss of over 44,000 jobs in Pennsylvania alone, the McCain Bush economy is the last thing Pennsylvania needs.

A careful look at McCain's record shows a disturbing habit of doing favors for companies his campaign advisors lobbied for, leading to deals that eventually threatened thousands of American jobs.  Having strongly opposed Buy American rules in the Senate, McCain tried to help steer a $35 million Air Force tanker project away from Boeing and to a foreign company seven of his campaign advisors and fundraisers lobbied for--a competition the non-partisan GAO later deemed unfair. And just last week it was revealed that McCain had supported a corporate merger that gave foreign control to a shipping company McCain's campaign manager lobbied for--a merger that now may lead to the loss of 8,000 jobs in Ohio.

That's why the DNC yesterday released a new video called "Job-Killing John" to highlight how time and again McCain has chosen his lobbyist friends and the companies they represent over hard-working American families.  The video comes days after the leak of an internal McCain campaign memo that shows McCain will attempt to distort the record by falsely portraying Senator Obama as a "job killing machine."

To see the video "Job-Killing John," click here:


NAFTA Net Displacement Was One Million Workers and A Net Job Loss of Over 44,100 in Pennsylvania. A 2006 Economic Policy Institute study found that NAFTA had displaced just over 1 million jobs in this country, and net job loss of 44,173 in Pennsylvania.  [Scott, Salas & Campbell, Revisiting NAFTA, 9/28/2006; http://www.epi.org/content.cfm/bp173]

Income Stagnant. Median household income in Pennsylvania has only increased from $47,524 in 2000 to $48,148 in 2006, a 1.3% increase. [Joint Economic Committee Fact Sheet, 8/29/07, (Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce), jec.senate.gov]

Unemployed Up 26% in Pennsylvania. The number of unemployed workers in Pennsylvania has increased by 26% under President Bush. The number of unemployed has gone up from 262,572 in January of 2001 and preliminary figures for June of 2008 are 332,113, an increase of 69,541 workers. The unemployment rate has similarly increased from 4.3% to 5.2%. [Local Area Unemployed Statistics, (Seasonally Adjusted), Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed 7/25/08, data.bls.gov]

Poverty Up 28.7%. The number of people living in poverty in Pennsylvania has increased by 309,000 people from 1,075,000 to 1,384,000, or by 28.7%, from 2000 to 2006. [Joint Economic Committee Fact Sheet, 8/29/07, (Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce), jec.senate.gov]


McCain Objected to Efforts in the Senate to Hold Up DHL Deal. "McCain, of Arizona, and fellow Republican Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi objected, saying it would be unfair to keep the Pentagon from using an air carrier it might someday need. McCain, then the chairman of the Commerce Committee, also objected to using a spending bill to set military policy." [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 8/6/08]

Campaign Manager Rick Davis Lobbied for DHL Deal. "In 2003, Davis lobbied the Senate to accept the proposal by DHL to buy Airborne Express for $1.05 billion. Airborne Express at the time ran the airport and package-sorting facility in Wilmington. Filings in the Senate show Davis' lobbying firm, Davis Manafort, was hired to help both companies deal with Congress, where objections over DHL's foreign ownership arose. Davis and a partner earned their firm $185,000 for the DHL-Airborne Express work that year, records show. They earned $405,000 more from Deutsche Post for work on other issues in 2004 and 2005, Senate records show."

14,000 American Jobs Are At Stake Because of John McCain and His Lobbyist Advisors.  According to a June report by the Economic Policy Institute, awarding European-based EADS the $35 billion aerial refueling tanker contract will cost at least 14,000 jobs. "At least 14,000 jobs that could have been generated in the United States if the contract had gone to Boeing," found the EPI, "will not be created" if EADS receives the contract. [Economic Policy Institute, "Bailing out on America: Air Force Tanker Decision Will Ground at Least 14,000 U.S. Jobs,"  [EPI Briefing Paper #218, 6/5/08 (http://www.epi.org/briefingpapers/218/bp218.pdf)]