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McCain Addresses Potential Ohio Job Losses

From CBS News' John Bentley:

(WILMINGTON, OHIO) - John McCain told the employees of a DHL facility in Wilmington, Ohio, that he would hold congressional hearings and have the Justice Department investigate the possible closing of that facility after some had accused McCain and his campaign manager of playing a role in the merger that could cause the closing.

"I believe that the Justice Department should conduct a thorough and complete investigation as rapidly as possible," McCain told about two dozen community members. "I can't assure you that this train wreck isn't going to happen, but I will do everything in my power to see that we avert it."

The shipping hub in Wilmington was purchased by the German company DHL six years ago in a deal that Rick Davis, McCain's campaign manager, lobbied for. DHL may now outsource some its work to UPS, which could put 8,000 people out of work in Wilmington. McCain also said the heads of the DHL should come to Wilmington to meet with the employees as well

"I value our friendship and our alliance with Germany and the German people," McCain said, then added: "I think it's more than appropriate to come in and to talk to the individuals whose lives are being affected."

If the facility is closed, McCain said he would help laid off employees get trained for new jobs as well as other benefits while they tried to find work.