McCain Puts Foreign Countries First, Says Obama
Sen. Barack Obama ripped into his Republican rival today for undermining American workers and prioritizing a foreign corporate agenda over domestic manufacturing.
“Ask the workers across this country who have seen their jobs outsourced!” Obama told a gathering of Florida Machinists in a satellite address. “The very companies that shipped their jobs overseas have been rewarded with billions of dollars in tax breaks that John McCain supports,” he continued. “So when American workers hear John McCain talking about putting country first, it’s fair to ask – which country?”Image has not been found. URL: http://www.washingtonindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/picture-16.png
Obama argued that McCain hurts American labor on the regular:
John McCain just doesn’t get it. Just ask your brothers and sisters at Boeing. Because while it was right for the Pentagon to cancel competition yesterday for the next generation of tankers, it was wrong for John McCain to reward two of the Washington lobbyists who worked against Boeing with jobs on his campaign. Just ask the Machinists in Pennsylvania who build Harley-Davidsons. Because John McCain didn’t just oppose the requirement that the government buy American-made motorcycles, he called “Buy American” provisions “disgraceful.”
Obama was repeatedly interrupted by applause. He spoke from a Manhattan hotel, “with a single American flag behind him and no one else in the room save some Secret Service agents,” (according to the pool report). Obama is returning fire on the vague, patriot-baiting argument that only John McCain puts his “country first.” McCain was just caught sans flag pin on September 11, so this could be a ripe time for debating who is the true patriot in the race, if you’re into that sort of thing. Obama is taking a slightly higher road, tying his “country first” line to actual policies about workers in this country.