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.

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I still cannot figure out why Mitt Romney is so proud of his Michigan roots. Didn't his father run American Motors Corporation, also better known as AMC? And, wasn't his father at the helm when AMC went belly up? Didn't his father walk away with millions when AMC went belly up? Didn't Mitt Romney and Friends start up Bain Capital not too long afterwards?

    What exactly does Bain Capital do? I've noticed that Romney is one of the few conservatives who does talk about government takeover of General Motors, complaining about how the Obama administration fired the CEO. Why is that? Didn't the Obama administration do to the auto makers what Romney claims Bain Capital does, albeit on a smaller scale.

    February 23, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Bessy

    If I lived in Michigan the last thing I would ever want to do is vote for Romney, or any Repulican for that matter. They are not on the side of the auto workers and never will be. Actually, I cannot understand why anyone in that state would want to vote Republican..

    February 23, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    "Don't bet against the American worker."
    -------------------
    You know Willard is a betting man. He bet against the American worker and lost. He bet against American inginuity.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    ELIZABETH WARREN 2012 & BEYOND

    February 23, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. ART

    I'd like to think people of Michigan would do the right thing but people have such short memories

    February 23, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    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.
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    Obama did not stop GM or Chrysler from going bankrupt. No matter how many tens of billions of dollars Obama threw at these private Fortune 500 companies, they still went bankrupt.

    What worked? A managed bankruptcy and an improving free market for automobiles. Exactly what Mitt Romney said. he was correct.

    So I do hope Obama stops short of taking credit for Ford's good fortune. They didn't even take the money. The taxpayers thank them for standing up by themselves. We still have a bunch of money in GM. Good luck doubling the stock price so we can break even.

    February 23, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. BL

    The truth hurts, Mitt. Just another example of this spoiled, rich boy who has incredibly poor political judgement.

    February 23, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Liz

    An old Italian proverb: Always keep your words sweet for the time in the future where you might have to eat them.

    February 23, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. ACK

    These GOP candidates are bunch of "TWO FACE" unreliable bafoons. You never know which part of their faces they are going to show at any given time of the day. Say whatever to get a vote, but you are a christian? YA.

    February 23, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Jake

    The Obama campaign should have saved this money. Last night's debate made a better case for voting for Obama's re-election than any ad ever could!

    February 23, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Dave

    This just a shot across Romney's bow. Considering how much Mittens likes to run his mouth, we'll will soon see if he can take it as well as he can dish it out. Given the fact that he comes off like a petulant, spoiled little brat, I highly doubt it. If he thought he got it bad from Gingrich and Santorum, he hasn't seen anything yet. I can't wait!

    February 23, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. diridi

    Shame on this idiot. Republicans are like this, it is a karma for America. shame.

    February 23, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Jeremiah Deem Tulsa

    I think Rudy NYC is dead on...............only failing to mention a key difference being Romney's exploiting our own government while with Bain to make lucrative amounts of profit.

    February 23, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Scott

    I live in Lansing Michigan, and I back Romney. The last thing I want is 4 more years of Obama. He has done nothing for this country. Thanks to his propose Medical Care my company may go out of business as they will have a hard time affording coverage. The reason the auto industry was having problems are the workers are overpaid, that is why the price of cars are so high. Not to mention they close down for 6 weeks and still pay the auto workers. Maybe if the over paid auto workers where to take a little cut, instead of always whining they want more, the goverment would not have to bail them out.

    February 23, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Say NO to GOP

    Don't wory, people, we in Michigan will tell them loud what we think about Mitt, and all others republicans!

    February 23, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    "Thanks to his propose Medical Care my company may go out of business as they will have a hard time affording coverage."
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    Gee... too bad your company isn't one of the over 2000 "friends of Obama" who got a waiver, huh? I never quite understood why, if Obamacare was so good, why 2000 waivers were granted. But I digress....

    February 23, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    Obama did not stop GM or Chrysler from going bankrupt. No matter how many tens of billions of dollars Obama threw at these private Fortune 500 companies, they still went bankrupt.
    -----------–
    The Obama adminstration saved them bankruptcy liquidation. Romney has stuck his neck out in the guillotine of lies and he knows it. There a few types of bankruptcy, but Romney is said "structured bankruptcy". Which is exactly what the Obama administration did.

    The problem is that Mitt Romney is misleading the public when he says that GM and Chrysler could have worked through a structered bankruptcy without federal loans. In order to go through that process, the companies need tens of billions in loans. None of the major private banks were willing to extend that kind of cash 3 months after Wall Street collapsed.

    The companies would have went the way of Air Australia. They would have run out of operating capital, and shut down. The banks say opportunity to make a bigger profit buying up the companies when they were liquidated, compared to making them loans. Meanwhile, had they been liquidated, tens of thousands of Americans would have lost the jobs and businesses while investment capitalist did their own form of debt restructuring. I am sure they would have moved manufacturing overseas. We might have lost out on a chance to actually see trickle-down economics in action.

    February 23, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    Scott
    I live in Lansing Michigan, and I back Romney... The reason the auto industry was having problems are the workers are overpaid, that is why the price of cars are so high....
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    And GM may have found a solution to the high cost of UAW workers. They are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to create new Research Facilities and ramp up production to double in 3 years. In China, their favorite new market.

    February 23, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Just an Observation

    Does anybody think Obama would have taken over GM and Chrysler, violated laws, screwed over investors and pumped billions of tax dollars into them if they weren't union shops?

    Everything Obama does is politically motivated. Only if you share his political beliefs will he help you. All others can go pound sand.

    February 23, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Jason

    Well first of all Mitty boy went to Michigan and talked about how they were proud to help the industry, until he was out of hte race and 2 weeks after the 08 election wrote about how they needed to do a managed bankruptcy. possibly a good point, albiet for one little fact. 1,000,000+ jobs about to be lost because of the mismanagement and pocket lining of the FEW who ran the companies into the ground. Those were the people who wouldve been hit hardest. I guess if it was a corporate hostile take over making the decisions to buy, and fire those involved and put thousands out of work that wouldve been fine.

    Plus the added benefit of his stance change was that it was 18NOV, after Obama won, thus they could blame his administration for losing those jobs, or pan him for stepping in to save them, interesting huh?

    It's one thing to talk about their beloved Christian values, but stepping in to save unfortunate people who wouldve effectively had their lives destroyed financially, through no fault of their own, by the actions of the few might be something that JESUS would do... I guess performing actual kind acts is where they draw the line. I dont really perscribe to organized religion, but even that makes me mad.

    February 23, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    "The Obama adminstration saved them bankruptcy liquidation. Romney has stuck his neck out in the guillotine of lies and he knows it. There a few types of bankruptcy, but Romney is said "structured bankruptcy". Which is exactly what the Obama administration did. "
    -------–
    AFTER he blew BILLIONS trying to get them to avoid bankruptcy. Don't forget that unseemly little detail, mmmmkay?

    February 23, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. Stephen in VA

    "Their factually false television ad proves they are more focused on Mitt Romney than they are on getting Michiganders back to work." – factually false? I've read the Op-Ed. The only thing false about this ad is Romney's rebuttal.

    And Scott, if your employer is telling you that the Medical Care requirement is causing them to go out of business, and you're believing it, then I have this nice little cottage by the sea down in Arizona you can have for cheap. Go read the law if you're curious. No requirement in there for employers to cover workers, none at all.

    February 23, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. DaveC

    I see that Romney and Santorum are tied in Michigan. The losers are neck and neck.

    That having been said, what matters in the automaker's bailout is what happened in the end. GM and Chrysler are much stronger companies than they were in 2008 and there is no doubt the bailout worked. True, there were a couple of circumstances that helped (Japan earthquake, etc.) but by and large this was a major turnaround. We can all sling arrows about whether or not the bailout should have been done or should not have been done but the end result is that two companies were saved and American jobs were saved in the process. That no one can argue with.

    February 23, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. B

    What a show last night of arrogant incompetence, and the most disturbing aspect of it all is how many people are taken in by these -out of touch- fools. Ron Paul is the only one that make a case for staying out of these Wars.

    Never have I seen such a pathetic offering from the Republican party!

    February 23, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC
    Four and The Door wrote:
    Obama did not stop GM or Chrysler from going bankrupt. No matter how many tens of billions of dollars Obama threw at these private Fortune 500 companies, they still went bankrupt.
    ---––
    The Obama adminstration saved them bankruptcy liquidation.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    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.

    February 23, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. insight iowa

    What Obama did was save over 3 million jobs when he bailed out Michigan, GM and Chrysler. What world do you people live in... it would have been like dominos... not only would those companies have gone under but the companies that supply those companies... right down to the janitor. I'm so over the GOP... this Republican is switching parties.

    February 23, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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