Obama campaign's Michigan ad hits GOP bailout opponents
February 23rd, 2012
12:57 PM ET
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Obama campaign's Michigan ad hits GOP bailout opponents

(CNN) – As Republican candidates campaign in the final days leading up to the Michigan primary next week, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign released a new ad in the state, blasting his GOP opponents for opposing the auto bailouts.

"Made in America. For generations of Michigan autoworkers it's more than a slogan. It's a way of life," the ad's narrator says. "But when a million jobs were on the line, every Republican candidate turned their back."

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The ad shows an image of Rick Santorum, then switches to Mitt Romney.

"Even said, 'Let Detroit go Bankrupt'," the narrator adds.

The quote was a nod to Romney's 2008 New York Times op-ed, in which he argued against the auto loans and proposed that certain car companies go through bankruptcy.

Turning to footage of Obama, the ad then touts the president's handling of the issue.

"Now, a retooled, restructured industry is back," the narrator says. "Because of the grit and sacrifice of Michigan workers."

The 30-second spot ends with a clip from a 2010 speech in Indiana in which the president said, "Don't bet against the American worker."

This is the second pro-Obama ad hitting Michigan airwaves this week. On Wednesday, a super PAC supporting the president, Priorities USA, went up with a new commercial that also attacked Romney.

Responding to the ad, Romney's team sent out a statement Thursday.

"The last thing President Obama and his team want to do is face Mitt Romney in the general election. Their factually false television ad proves they are more focused on Mitt Romney than they are on getting Michiganders back to work. President Obama is desperate to hold onto power," said Amanda Henneberg, Romney spokesperson.

- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Also see:

Five things we learned from Wednesday's debate

Detroit Free Press endorses Romney

Candidates enter critical phase after possible final debate

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. cjg

    Scott , do not know how Obama care could make your company go out of business when it has not been implenented yet! Now they might say that due to the fact many ins companies have continued to raise premiums to gouge the public as much as possible before they are cracked down on! Yes , I do agree auro workers in Michigan are paid very well , so obviiouly you are jealous of their income,so am I . But just glad they have a job making cars for the American public and to send to other countries. And the bailout was worth it , the state of Michigan has benefited greatly. I have had a bailout a few times and now I can help others! What goes around comes around ...try t sometime , might make you happier with your life!

    February 23, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. jsmoulder

    I do wish I could make $25.00 an hour to put on lug nuts, that's a minimum wage job. The UAW has priced me out of the new car market.

    February 23, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    How can this not be effective? There was a question on Jack Cafferty's blog during the auto bailout debates, indicating that roughly 13 million jobs fed the US auto industry. How could any president jeopardize the loss of that many jobs, especially at a time when we were bleeding them to the tune of 700,000 to 800,000 per month? I think saving the auto industry is one of the greater things the Obama administration did for this country. I'd go after Romney, the vulture capitalist who only takes on companies he can sell off in parts and pocket their pension plans, with both barrels.

    February 23, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    nsight iowa
    What Obama did was save over 3 million jobs when he bailed out Michigan, GM and Chrysler.
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    You lost me when you said Obama bailed out the State of Michigan. (California needs help too. Why is he not there for us?) 3 million jobs, huh? If you are going to lie, why not just round it up to 10 million? Obama needs plenty of help. It's 2012!

    February 23, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    @ cjg –

    Let me tell you something about the American auto industry. Since I was old enough to drive, I ALWAYS bought American. Since the bailout, I've purchased 2 cars – both Nissans. I will never – EVER – buy another American car again. If the government has to step in to make a company solvent, the company was on poor footing to begin with and that's going to show in the quality of their products. No mas.

    February 23, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. quinLee

    Just an Observation:Everything Obama does is politically motivated. Only if you share his political beliefs will he help you. All others can go pound sand.
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    That’s what I find so ironic. Most of the folks I hear yelping about Obama’s policies have not real understanding of how much they have and will benefit from them. Not saying Obama or his policies are perfect but no matter how many facts put before these folks they still find a way to be duped by their own hatred, ignorance, or those that falsely claim to represent them. It's as if there was nothing but unicorns and rainbows before 2008.

    February 23, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:

    The Obama adminstration saved them bankruptcy liquidation.
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    Actually you are wrong on this also. GM even changed it's name to Motors Liquidation Company and it's assets were liquidated. You have a computer and internet access. Look it up. The US Government created a new company from buying liquidated assets. You now know it as General Motors.
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    That's how structured bankruptcy works, Four. Without the loans they would have eventually faced liquidation. Had they been *publicly* liquidated you would have seen a public liquidation auction to the highest bidders. You have a computer and internet access. Look it up.

    Mitt Romney keep talking as if the private loans from the big banks were readily available, and they were not. That is the whole point of why they approached the Bush administration for the loans. Bush said he would do it, but didn't want to lay that burdern of debt on an incoming POTUS. So, he punted.

    February 23, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Dave

    Very well said Jason!

    February 23, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Lizzie

    "Even said, 'Let Detroit go Bankrupt'," the narrator adds, played often enough by the opposition and it will become the truth.

    February 23, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” mean Bain can buy the Detroit move offshore

    February 23, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Dave

    IIf Mitt didnt care about the auto industry workers, Do you honestly think he cares about the middle class. No way, This guy is all about the rich, richer & RICHEST!!!!!!

    February 23, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. quinLee

    Fair is Fair: Since the bailout, I've purchased 2 cars – both Nissans. I will never – EVER – buy another American car again.
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    You seem to be in the minority and going backwards. American auto rankings are up, way up, and so are sales. Each one of the Big 3 is making better cars now. Meanwhile, there seems to be a recall everyday on foriegn cars. BTW- I had a Nissan and it was the biggest piece of crap ever parked in my driveway.

    February 23, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. The Elephant In The Room

    It`s a simple equation. American manufacturing companies SAVED. America jobs PRESERVED. Taxpayer investment RETURNED. American-made products SELLING again. American workers HIRED [in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, & MICHIGAN].

    The Republican party can try to spin this anyway it wants. Thinking voters are not going to buy their lies on this one. Obama delivered.

    Only a dog whistle appeal to hate the President for something other than his PERFORMANCE would explain any Midwesterner, any lunchpail, so-called "Reagan Democrat" even thinking about voting Republican.

    Back the man. This is what competence looks like . . . or have you forgotten the debacle that was George Bush?

    February 23, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Lady Fair – Like most republicans who want to see America fail, I was sorry to hear that you would never buy an American car again. I'll bet you cheered when Chicago did not get the olympics.

    February 23, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    "You seem to be in the minority and going backwards. American auto rankings are up, way up, and so are sales."
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    Sorry. Not happening again. Sick and tired of hoping the car I was buying was made on a Wednesday because whomever was building it was either hung over on Monday & Tuesday or looking forward to getting drunk on Thursday & Friday.

    February 23, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    quinLee
    Fair is Fair: Since the bailout, I've purchased 2 cars – both Nissans. I will never – EVER – buy another American car again.
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    You seem to be in the minority and going backwards. American auto rankings are up, way up, and so are sales. Each one of the Big 3 is making better cars now. Meanwhile, there seems to be a recall everyday on foriegn cars. BTW- I had a Nissan and it was the biggest piece of crap ever parked in my driveway.
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    In the most recent Quality ratings, Nissan was bad. But Dodge took the bottom spot. So who was best? All the usual suspects. Lexus, Honda, Acura, Mercedes Benz, Mazda, Porsche, Toyota...in order. Maybe Obama didn't give them enough money? Your federal tax dollars hard at work. ( Quick....talk about the Volt! )

    February 23, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. dontbow

    Just another kiss up to the unions for obamya. bailing out these companies should not be something our government does. It leads to corruption which is exactly where we are with this worthless excuse of a president. BUSH please come back, even you weren't this bad!

    February 23, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Fair is Fair

    "Lady Fair – Like most republicans who want to see America fail, I was sorry to hear that you would never buy an American car again."
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    Like I said... all my life I bought American. Like most working Americans, I can't afford to drop $25K and up on a bucket of bolts. Nope. No mas.

    February 23, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    Enjoy adding to the trade deficit, Four? By the way, all the cars you mention mainly buy American-made parts, and they were saved by the bailout since their bigget customers are right at home. Enjoy your UAW approved Japanese car.

    February 23, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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