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Romney’s GM and Chrysler ads are an insult to Ohioans

Published: Thu, November 1, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Mitt Romney’s widely debunked claim that GM and Chrysler are moving auto manufacturing jobs to China after being bailed out by President Obama isn’t just dirty politics. The claim suggests that the Republican nominee for president believes the voters of Ohio are not sophisticated enough to separate fact from fiction.

The fact about Chrysler and Jeep is clearly laid out in a statement from the company’s chief executive officer, Sergio Marchionne: “I feel obliged to unambiguously restate our position: Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China.

“North American production is critical to achieving our goal of selling 800,000 Jeep vehicles by 2014. In fact, U.S. production of our Jeep models has nearly tripled (it is expected to be up 185%) since 2009 in order to keep up with global demand.”

The fact about GM is contained in a searing critique of the advertising campaign.

“The ad is cynical campaign politics at its worst,” Greg Martin, GM spokesman, told the New York Times. “We think creating jobs in the U.S. and repatriating profits back in this country should be a source of bipartisan pride.”

Romney first spun his fiction about Chrysler during a campaign stop in Defiance, Ohio: “I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state Jeep — now owned by the Italians — is thinking of moving all production to China.”

The story he referenced appeared in Bloomberg News. The story did not reflect what Romney had said.

So, how is the GOP presidential standard bearer responding to the widespread denunciation of his charge against the president? By refusing to withdraw the TV campaign commercial playing in Ohio, and even doubling down — with a radio spot that comes close to repeating the charge, and expanding it to include GM.

It does not seem to matter to Romney that every legitimate news organization that has reported on the story has reached the same conclusion: There is no truth to the claim that Chrysler will be eliminating jobs in Toledo and other plants in the U.S. so as to build Jeeps in China. Nor is there a basis for his saying that GM is cutting jobs in America and creating them in China.

It is true that Chrysler, which is owned by the Italian auto maker Fiat, is considering reopening its Chinese plants that were closed in 2009 in the midst of the American auto industry collapse. It is also true that GM has plants in China.

The two companies were struggling to keep afloat when Republican President George W. Bush and his successor, President Obama, correctly concluded that the federal government had to intervene with cash.

The bailout of GM and Chrysler — Ford chose not to take public dollars, but the company’s CEO urged the White House to provide assistance to the other two — has become a major issue in the state of Ohio. More than 800,000 jobs are related to the auto industry, and for regions like the Mahoning Valley, which boasts one of GM’s highest-rated plants because of the success of the Chevrolet Cruze, the bailout was a godsend.

Heavy investments

Not only are the two auto giants making healthy profits, they also are investing heavily in Ohio.

People need only look at GM’s Lordstown assembly facility to see what the bailout has produced. The Cruze is the top selling compact car in America, and GM is pumping in $200 million to prepare the plant for the second generation of the car.

As for Chrysler, it will invest $500 million directly to tool and expand its Toledo assembly complex that will be adding 1,100 jobs on the second shift by 2013. The complex produces the Jeep Wrangler, and will build the successor to the Jeep Liberty.

Romney’s attempt at disinformation won’t work. He is on record as opposing the government bailout of GM and Chrysler and is now attempting to distract Ohioans with the latest fiction about President Obama.


1AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Romney = LIES LIES and more LIES !!!!

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2Eagleman1969(9 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I DID read two individual stories last week. One considering taking all Jeep production to China. The other, moving the rest of Chrysler to Italy to save Fiat!

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3VindyPost(436 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Romney is an insult to Ohioians and American Middle Class Citizens. Former Gov. Romney & Gov. Kasich and cronies have distorted, lied, and deceived the public to no end. Open up your eyes and listen with your ears people.
What the heck do people think? If you really think Romney is in it for you...THINK AGAIN!
This guy is a habitual / twisted liar, deceitful, and frankly, hurts himself EVERY time he opens his mouth.
Not to mention his recent "photo-ops" along with Ryan...BOGUS!!!!!

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4chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

President Obama gave Chrysler to Italian owned Fiat for no money. Of course, Fiat is going to say it is not moving jobs to China to build the Jeep. (Remember too that Obama doen't take action against China as the world's largest polluter. Querry if vehicles in China are subject to the same strict CAFE standards as ours).

Notice how Vindypost and Another AverageCitizens always make personal attacks and ad hominem arguments. We citizens do think and listen, just not to the two of you. It's not worth our time and effort

4 more days for real change for the good of our country.

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5dmacker(274 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

"It is true that Chrysler, which is owned by the Italian auto maker Fiat, is considering reopening its Chinese plants that were closed in 2009 in the midst of the American auto industry collapse. It is also true that GM has plants in China."
My question is what are they going to build in those plants if not cars?

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6DwightK(1255 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Whos is voting for this guy? He insulted the British during the Olympics, "misinterpreted" this Bloomberg article about Jeep and won't admit that the Obamacare is really his idea. He really can't be trusted to make a good decision.

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7AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Romney started Romney care. won't admit it.

Romney said he will get rid of all of Fed Romney care.

Romney also said he will keep part of Romny care.

Come on man, make up your mind.

Romney was to cancel his Tuesday Rally in Dayton. He didnt even stand up to his word then. He had his rally, just with a different name.

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8AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Much better then 4 years ago when 800,000 losing their jobs every month. THANK YOU MR. OBAMA

NEW YORK - Companies added 158,000 jobs in October, data from a payrolls processor showed on Thursday in a revamped report on the private sector labor market.

The historical data for the ADP National Employment Report was revised as part of the new methodology, which was used for the first time in the October report. September's increase has halved to 88,200 new jobs from an initially reported 162,000. Economists had forecast October's report would show a gain of 135,000 jobs, according to a Reuters poll.

Meanwhile, the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, a sign the labor market's slow recovery was gaining traction.


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9InterestedInAll2(11 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Did anybody see that Obama's original Auto Czar Steve Rattner admitting it was him and the US Treasury who decided who would get to keep their pensions? http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/... The Obama Administration has said it was GM, then Delphi, then the PBGC. Truth has a way of coming to the surface, and it only hurts if it is supposed to. Watch out, Obama, this one is going to hurt! He should just resolve the issue now and be fair to all the middle class workers, not just the union-represented workers. 1700 jobs for our area alone depend on it!

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10DwightK(1255 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

The Delphi retirees should get their pensions but there's no way Romney will help them. Their best shot is to get someone like Sherrod Brown and Tim Ryan on their side but they haven't figured out how to do that yet.

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11commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

AAC, since you are doing better then 4 years ago you SHOULD vote for you savior, Obama. I'm sure there millions of OTHER people that do not agree with you.

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12AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago


800,000 doing better this month then 4 years ago. Another 800,000 are not losing ther jobs like 4 years ago. The stock market is not tanking like 4 years ago.

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13comprehension(1 comment)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Romney's truth deficit. I love how fans try to misread the published articles in the same way Romney's spin tries to.
Bottom line, no plans to shut down US plants. In fact. Jeep is hiring thousands more US employees.
Shameless, to profit from shutting down businesses and laying off Americans through Bain AND throwing the American auto industry to the wolves like Bain which absolutely would defund the pensions, break the union contracts, and offshore the jobs. But now Romney takes credit for the bailouts AND claims the successful bailout is somehow a failure.
Obama is superman. Slowed an accelerating decline, reversed it and now leading an accelerating uptrend!
That is how it is done in spite of Republicans trying to make America fail so they could beat Obama in 2012, their highest priority and most ruthless methods!

Next thing you know Republicans will be augmenting terrorist attacks on Americans by blaming Americans, any Americans, and calling for the ouster of the only candidate running who prioritized getting Osama Bin Laden and Al Queda leadership and DID IT!

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14gdog4766(1489 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

We need to fight every step of the way the use of our tax dollars to fix these Delphi idiots problems. They chose not to join the union dealt with corporate America on their own and got burned. Now they hurl blame at everyone but themselves and want our tax dollars to fix stupid. No way! No one screwed these idiots but themselves. They fit right in with Romney, in that all they have done is lie and deny.

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15Politico(27 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Read this piece. Romney is right, and has been. It's the continous stream of lies, distortions, and deception that's fooling the ignorant, misinformed, blind democrats who can't seem to develop a brain for themselves.

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16newsmaker1(127 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Romney did not lie

Obama Lied

Ty Woods Died

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17commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

AAC, One month of a SMALL decline doesno't mean crap. What about the previous 40+ months of OVER 8% unemployment? What about the gas prices going up 250%? What about family income going DOWN over 8%. Whjat about the Benghazi cover up? What about the Fast and Furious cover up? Both of these incidents cost American lives!!
All of these probaly don't mean anything to YOU because YOUR better off than 4 years ago.

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18tvukovich(9 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

If you are worried about unemployment now, wait till these fine people you elect start trying to jam right-to-work up you backside.
Remember, there are 23 states with so called right-to-work law, or as it should be called Union Busting Law in effect now, then why do those states have unemployment?
Ask your elected officals why that is so.
and one more thing to think about,
you will hear that you shoudn't have to pay union dues to have a good job, if that is the case you shouldn't have to pay... a mortage for a good house...or county club dues to play at a good golf course... or pay a monthly payment to have a nice car,
get what I'm saying, republicans think Unions are the only Business in the U.S. that doesn't need funds to operate. DO YOU WANT YOU KIDS TO HAVE A SHOT AT THE MIDDLE CLASS? Have a Great Day!

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19gdog4766(1489 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Not a dime!!!!!!!!!!!

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20ABRAHAML(9 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I don't know what all the squabbling is about? GM and the union that owns it will eventually sell destruct. And there goes another 42 billion bucks that America spent wisely. Oh, it's great to be from the land of the "FREE" bee's.

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21ABRAHAML(9 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Let's face it Democrats if Jesus Christ were a Republican you all would crucify him "just" because he was'nt a Democrat!!!!!!!

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