Paid Trade Ads: Presidential Race

Total presidential ads: 16 ads

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Barack Obama (General Election):

Date posted: August 5, 2008. Ad transcript:

John McCain supports... tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.

Date posted: August 13, 2008. Ad transcript:

Barack Obama: he'll put the middle class ahead of corporate interests, to grow the economy, end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, help businesses that create jobs here...

Date posted: August 19, 2008. Ad transcript:

John McCain's tax plan... companies shipping jobs overseas keep their tax giveaways, while 100 million Americans get no tax relief at all.

Date posted: September 11, 2008. Ad transcript:

[McCain's] campaign manager lobbies for corporations outsourcing American jobs.

Date posted: September 11, 2008. Ad transcript:

Change is giving tax breaks to middle-class families, instead of companies that send jobs overseas.

Date posted: September 16, 2008. Ad transcript:

Here's what I believe we need to do: reform our tax system to give a thousand-dollar tax break to the middle class, instead of showering more on oil companies and corporations that outsource our jobs.

Date posted: September 22, 2008. Ad transcript:

[McCain] "I've bought American, uh, literally all of my life." ... But, John McCain owns thirteen vehicles, including three foreign cars - a foreign-made Lexus, Volkswagen and Honda sedan. [closing image is of Obama mingling with hard-hatted workers]

Date posted: October 8, 2008. Ad transcript:

Carolina Mills - forced to shut down 17 plants; 2,600 lose their jobs; workers once proud to make the thread for American flags have their futures outsourced to Asia. Washington sold them out with the help of politicians like John McCain. He supported trade deals and tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. McCain even said all Buy American provisions were, quote, "disgraceful." North Carolina just can't afford more of the same.

Date posted: October 29, 2008. Ad transcript:

As president, [McCain] would... keep tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas.


John McCain:

Date posted: June 30, 2008. Ad transcript:

To fuel our economy, we must create more jobs for Americans and for our neighbors to the south. With better jobs, more of them will be able to stay in their country. We can't go back on our word on free trade promises with Mexico, Canada, Central America or anyone else. We must encourage more trade agreements to create more jobs on both sides of the border. That's why I'm behind the Colombian Free Trade Agreement.


Barack Obama (Democratic Primary):

Date posted: August 8, 2007. Ad transcript:

Barack Obama: an organizer who helped communities devastated by plant closings.


Hillary Clinton/American Leadership Project (Democratic Primary):

Date posted: April 22, 2008. Ad transcript:

She's ready to turn our economy around: stop tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas; fix unfair trade deals; stand up to China; create five million new jobs.


John Edwards (Democratic Primary):

Date posted: November 16, 2007. Ad transcript:

"Ross Perot was fiercely against NAFTA. Knowing what we know now, was Ross Perot right?"
[Hillary Clinton] "All I can remember from that is a bunch of charts... that sort of is a vague memory."
[onscreen text] 1 million jobs lost
"[President] Clinton makes NAFTA plea - Trade accord is pitched as 'a job winner'"
"For fifth year, trade gap hits record" - New York Times, 2/14/2007
"A net loss for America's workers" - Washington Post editorial, 8/11/2007
"a vague memory" - not to the 1 million workers who lost jobs to NAFTA

Date posted: January 14, 2008. Ad transcript:

Which Democrat opposed NAFTA and other trade deals that send American jobs overseas? John Edwards is the only one.


Democratic National Committee:

Date posted: August 9, 2008. Ad transcript:

[text onscreen:] Times Are Tough For Americans... American Jobs Are Threatened... John McCain And The Lobbysists Who Run His Campaign Have Helped Send American Jobs Overseas... 8,000 DHL Jobs In Ohio Are Threatened Because of McCain And His Campaign Manager...
[question at campaign event] "My question is, how do you intend to keep American businesses in America, and to make America more self-sufficient?"
[McCain] "I'm not going to keep them all in America..."
[text onscreen:] 14,000 American Jobs Are At Stake Because Of John McCain and His Lobbyist Advisors... John McCain: The Wrong Choice On Jobs

Date posted: July 5, 2008. Ad transcript:

[McCain] "I know NAFTA was a good idea, it's created millions of jobs and it has helped the economies of all three of these nations. All you have to do is go to Detroit and see the thousands of trucks lined up every day, or go to our southern border." [onscreen: "Since 2000... 40,000 manufacturing plants closed; 3.6 million manufacturing jobs lost; one-fifth of all U.S. manufacturing jobs gone"]