The Wolf campaign released a new TV ad today, entitled “It Can Work,” that, while not directly addressing the attack ad released by the PA GOP on Monday, seems to at least respond to the GOP’s ad’s accusations that Wolf does not have any real plans for the future of Pennsylvania.
In Wolf’s commercial, which was filmed in Ductmate Industries’ warehouse, Wolf states that he has a plan for manufacturing, and then backs the statement up with the steps he’ll take to fulfill it.
“I’ve got a plan to rebuild our manufacturing economy and we’ll do it by connecting companies with vocational education to ensure that our workforce is trained for the jobs of today,” he says.
“I’m Tom Wolf, and together we can build an economy that works for the middle-class.”
The press release that accompanied the thirty-second spot also contains in-depth details of the steps included in Wolf’s vision for PA. For example, while describing the creation of a 21st century middle class workforce, Wolf’s campaign said the following: “As governor, Tom will make sure that students, specifically those engaged in vocational training, have the opportunity to work directly with local businesses.
The steps in the plan get even more specific, going so far as to discuss internships.
“Through a training-to-career grants initiative, manufacturing businesses will receive funds to help technical programs and community colleges develop new training programs. One component of these programs will be hands-on training through apprenticeship programs, on-the-job training opportunities, and paid internships.”
The release also mentions the creation of a “‘cash-back’ jobs creation program” that would reward manufacturing companies for creating middle-class PA jobs.
The specificity of the ad and the release seem to attempt to prevent his opponent’s supporters from making further claims that he lacks any real strategy for after November 4th.
The TV ad was released in tandem with Wolf’s tour of Northeast Building Products, a manufacturing company that produces windows and doors, in Philadelphia as a stop on his tour to promote his “Made in Pennsylvania” manufacturing plan.
Update: Pennsylvania Republican Party Communications Director Megan Sweeney released the following statement which referenced a past Wolf article:
“If Tom Wolf wants to grow the manufacturing sector in Pennsylvania, then why did he ship jobs to other states, including Indiana, Texas, Florida, New Jersey and Alabama?”