Crestwood Family in Obama Infomercial

One of the big presidential campaign stories from yesterday was the Obama campaign’s 30-minute infomercial which aired simultaneously on three network stations (excluding ABC) in prime-time. While Obama is not expected to win Kentucky’s electoral votes, the infomercial featured the Dowell family of Crestwood, just outside of Louisville. The Courier-Journal tells us a little (but not much) more this morning about Mark Dowell, who works at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant in eastern Jefferson County:

Mark Dowell said he never expected the invitation to introduce Barack Obama when the presidential candidate visited Louisville in May, but he was even more surprised when the campaign asked him to share his story for a national audience.

The 35-year-old autoworker from Crestwood was one of several Americans featured last night in a 30-minute prime-time commercial that the Democratic nominee used to present his biography and policies to the public.

“It was a great feeling to see me and to know the nation’s seeing me,” Dowell said in an interview after the commercial aired. “I feel proud.”

In the commercial, Dowell talked about how the instability in the auto industry has made his financial future unclear. His wife was laid off from the Kentucky Truck Plant, where they both work, and he has “down” weeks or weeks where he is temporarily without work.

“Eight years ago we couldn’t build trucks fast enough and now they are slowing us down,” said Dowell, who is the father of two daughters, ages 4 and 14.

Dowell said he thinks that Obama’s economic policies will put more money back in the pockets of the middle class and keep jobs from going overseas. And he said he hopes that will eventually help turn the economy around.

“My grandfather retired from Ford, my father retired from Ford and I hope I can retire from Ford,” he said.


3 Responses to “Crestwood Family in Obama Infomercial”

  1. You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight from everyone who participates. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it. Anyway, I felt it was about time I posted, Iíve spent most of my time here just lurking and reading, but today for some reason I just felt compelled to say this.

  2. Mr. Dowell, how is Obama’s economic policies going to put more money in your pocket? Do you think honestly think you will be spared from the trickle down effect that will happen once Obama starts raising the taxes of those who provide services, products, and jobs in this country? One way or another, you are going to pay more.

  3. stateofthecommonwealth Says:

    I can’t believe I still have to explain this to people, but Obama has only proposed raising taxes on the top bracket of income earners from 35% to 39% — the exact same rate it was during the Clinton era. For reference, that same bracket was taxed at 91% during the Eisenhower administration and 70% during the Nixon administration. In 2001, John McCain voted against lowering the rate for this tax bracket from 39 to 35%.

    Furthermore, Kentucky is 9th on the list of states who receive more federal spending than they contribute in tax revenue.

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