Monday, October 29, 2012

Romney Lies, Everyone Knows

* The word is out---Mitt Romney's ad about Chrysler moving their Jeep operation out of the USA is a big, fat lie. The Chairman of Chrysler has debunked Romney's claims, and so has Plunderbund.

 BusinessInsider has this:

Mitt Romney is facing intense pushback today over a new Ohio campaign ad that appears to suggest — falsely — that Chrysler is moving U.S. jobs to China....

...“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," Romney said. "I will fight for every good job in America.”
  The claim is completely misleading and false, and provoked an outcry from Democrats and reporters . The report, from Bloomberg, actually said that Chrysler is talking about adding Jeep production in China in order to serve the Chinese market. Jeep production in North America would continue unchanged....

BusinessInsider has even posted the Obama ad which responds to the Romney lie:

The Plum Line at the Washington Post also calls Romney on his lie:

...Back when Ohio needed the auto industry bailed out — and Obama took the politically risky step of proceeding with the rescue — Romney took the politically easy position. Attacking it was a good way to pander to conservatives in advance of the GOP primary. But then, when this position became problematic for him in the general election, he began to dissemble about it, falsely suggesting he’d supported government action up front when that’s simply not what happened. With time running out, Romney has run out of answers on the auto-bailout, and has now turned to the claim that it will result in American Jeep jobs getting shipped to China. That isn’t true either.

But this goes beyond a standard fact checking skirmish. Obama advisers see it as central to their closing argument against Romney's character. It isn’t just that Romney failed to support the auto-bailout when Ohioans really needed it; it’s that Romney doesn’t have the integrity to come clean about it now that he’s asking them for their help furthering his political ambitions. That’s why the ad combines the claim that Romney “turned his back” on the industry with the assertion that Romney is being “dishonest” about it “now.”

When it really mattered, President Obama stood up for the American workers, the American auto industry, and American jobs. President Obama bravely took a stand that many, including Romney, criticized. Without the President's determination, Ohio would not be enjoying the 800,000 jobs related to the auto industry, and a lower unemployment rate than many other states.

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