ALERT: Is McCain Going to Drop Pennsylvania?

Will John McCain’s campaign close up shop in Pennsylvania just like they did in Michigan? Currently, there are only 10 McCain offices as compared to 62 Obama offices in Pennsylvania.

Many speculated that McCain would now turn his focus to Pennsylvania. But United Steelworkers International president Leo Gerard tells the Huffington Post that the state could soon go the way of Michigan.

“We’re seeing — from the several hundred of our people working every day, hand-billing at the plants — the last two weeks have really been breaking Senator Obama’s way,” Gerard said over the phone from his office in Pittsburgh. “In particular, I think folks are sort of not taking John McCain as serious as they were, when they see his vacillation last week. ‘I’m not going to debate. I’m going to whip House Republicans into shape. Not.”

Gerard also said that the bailout bill is hurting McCain disproportionately. “There’s lot of anger at this bailout bill, even though people recognize we have to do something. But our people think it’s directly tied to Bush, and they tie bush to McCain. That’s the sense of what I’ve heard back from our people, that the race is breaking out.”

Seems like the United Steelworkers International is ready to kick out McCain.  Too many workers in Pennsylvania have seen their good paying jobs sent overseas because of tax breaks given to Corporations for offshoring these jobs.  John McCain believes that we need to continue with these current tax breaks.  This isn’t good for America.  This isn’t economic patriotism.  Handing over American jobs to workers in other countries is economic treason.

Good for the Unions.  When I was younger, there were commercials on TV that had a little jingle that went like this, “Look for the Union Label”.  This was in reference to clothing.  I remember in the 1970’s,  Republicans and Democrats were shouting “Buy American”.

This article can be read in its entirety at Huffington Post along with a video of Barack Obama’s appearance in Abington PA. (thanks to Bruce at the BruceBlog for pointing out this article to me)

Like Ohio, Pennsylvania was once an industrial state and one of the top industries was the garment industry.  Not anymore.  Now our clothes are made in sweat shops in South Pacific Islands.

These workers are the fundamentals of our economy and the fundamentals are only strong when our workers have jobs that pay a living wage.


11 thoughts on “ALERT: Is McCain Going to Drop Pennsylvania?”

  1. The fundamentals of the economy have one word for McCain as he exits Pennsylvania: “The Road to Arizona is that way, buddy. And don’t bother stopping in Ohio. Good riddance elitist.”

  2. 🙂 Bruce you are a riot and I agree also. McCain shoudn’t pass go, shouldn’t collect one hundred and also should go directly to Arizona! And he should also send Palin to Russia so that she can meet her neighbors across the maritime border also.

    Cats, this is H-U-G-E-!!! If McCain concedes Pennsylvania…just pure joy…DAMN!

    You just added a spring and a skip to my step – thanks GIRL!!!

  3. If McCain is dropping states because of the economy and thus seem to lean Obama because of the economy, then isn’t McCain just admitting that me has no real solutions to fix the economy.
    Ohio is culturally out of whack, I don’t know what the hell is up with that state, they always vote against their self interest, so I think McCain has a better chance in Ohio. I do hope Ohio turns around and McCain can not contest that state either, I would also love for him to drop Florida, but we know that’s not going to happen.

    A little off topic, but does anyone else think its weird that polls in Minnesota (a BLUE state) is going for McCain, other then that, I think Obama is going to win big this year.

  4. Sensico, Minnesota will end up going Obama. From polls I’ve been looking at it’s trending that way. I think Wisconsin will too.

    As for Ohio and FL, McCain could not possibly let go of those or it would be over for him. I believe Obama will take FL and maybe even Ohio. But Obama taking FL means the end for McCain. It’s over.

    There’s a wonderful article you should check out on Can’t remember the exact title but it’s about St. Louis County. And talks about the McCain campaign offices v. Obamas. McCain does not have the volunteers and no one seems enthused. Hardly anyone’s making calls from what it sounds. Whereas many of Obama’s campaign offices in the swing states are bursting with volunteers, callers, enthusiasm, etc. I just think that it so telling. It’s making all the difference too.

  5. Wisconsin is definitely going for Obama, and I was think he has a great shot at FL, especially now since he has the Clintons out there campaigning for him, his poll numbers in FL correlates with the time the economy went sour and Bill Clinton campaigning there.
    And thanks for the article, McCain has a miserably ground game, and in MI it was horrible even when McCain was campaigning in the state. I volunteered for the Obama campaign over the summer, and they are relentless here in Macomb county.

  6. McCain is going to have to pack it up in all the states he had hoped to steal from the Democrats in order to protect his states.

    The beautiful thing about the 50 state Dem plan is that states like North Carolina, Indiana and Missouri are now on the board and McCain has to try to hold these states.

    Minnesota will go for Obama. I have a friend there and the polls are shifting a little because of the struggles of Al Franken.

    Here in Florida, I have doubts because of 2000. I’ll believe it when I see it. If Obama takes Florida, it will be a huge moose off my back.

    And the McCain camp is spinning this saying that Obama is pulling out of states too. That’s true: Alaska, North Dakota and Wyoming. Obama isn’t conceding one battleground state.

    That’s 21 more electoral votes for the next president of the United States – Barack Obama!

  7. Change you can trust, a slogan that could turn around McCain’s campaign?

    Change you can trust contrasts beautifully with change you can believe in.

    Everyone wants change, only with a team that we can trust to implement it.
    If you’re in a tough spot, you want someone to come to help you that you can trust, not someone you believe may want to help you.

    John McCain, polls show, is rated as highly qualified and highly trusted. This slogan, change you can trust, reinforces this message.

    It can even be added on to John McCain’s current slogan. Country first, change you can trust. Or perhaps Change you can trust that puts Country first. Or how about Change you can trust that puts America first

    It implies without directly saying it that the other side is perhaps a little less trustworthy.

    It also reinforces the message that in a time we are facing battle with Al Qaeda worldwide and two conventional wars, John McCain is a commander in chief you can trust to lead us to victory.

    There are 30 days left before Election Day. Sarah Palin’s debate performance was good, but it’s really up to John McCain to win.





    John, are you listening???

  8. Everyone wants change, only with a team that we can trust to implement it.
    If you’re in a tough spot, you want someone to come to help you that you can trust, not someone you believe may want to help you.

    It’s amazing that grumpy McCain doesn’t have an original idea in his campaign. He even had to steal the “Change” slogan from Barack Obama’s campaign.

    Charles, what you and the McCain campaign don’t understand is that belief and trust go together. Belief is based on what one perceives as the truth so to try and separate the two is impossible. When John McCain says “Change you can trust” he really is asking people to believe that he brings change and he is therefore just adding onto Obama’s statement. John McCain graduated at the very bottom of his class. We have had eight years of “stupid” in the White House and we don’t need four more years of “stupid” in the White House.

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