The leaders of two local auto unions are demanding that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stop airing two ads that reference General Motors and Chrysler.
The advertisements being run by the Romney campaign are intentionally misleading and are designed to scare the public, said Dave Green, president of United Auto Workers Local 1714 in Lordstown.
The ad states that General Motors cut 15,000 American jobs and both GM and Chrysler intend to increase the number of vehicles they build in China.
“The insinuation is that GM has cut American jobs and plans to move those jobs to China. That couldn’t be further from the truth,” Green said.
The jobs actually were lost before Democrat Barack Obama became president, and since the bailout, 5,000 jobs have been added in the auto industry just in Ohio, Green said.
Every domestic auto-maker has foreign production, said Glenn Johnson, president of UAW Local 1112 in Lordstown.
“We make a lot of vehicles here that are exported to other countries,” he said. “Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan believe that if you say something enough and say it loud enough, then people will believe it.”
These are the actions of a campaign that is desperate to win, Johnson said. The campaign is trying to hide its position on the auto bailout, he added.
The Romney campaign has issued a response to criticisms of the auto- industry advertisements.
Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Wednesday, “Their comments don’t refute anything in our ad.”
Romney ads on TV and radio repeat a version of a claim Romney made in a campaign speech last week: that Chrysler is moving Jeep production to China.
On Tuesday, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne emailed employees to restate that, “Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China.” General Motors, mentioned in a Romney radio ad, released a statement calling the campaign “some parallel universe.”
CONTRIBUTOR: Associated Press