Obama campaign unveils response to Romney auto ad
October 29th, 2012
04:29 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama campaign unveils response to Romney auto ad

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's campaign on Monday rolled out a response to a television advertisement quietly put on Ohio airwaves this weekend which levels a dubious charge against President Barack Obama.

Obama's ad opens with the headline to Romney's 2008 op-ed ("Let Detroit Go Bankrupt") and says the candidate "turned his back" on the auto industry when it was on the rocks.

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Romney opposed Obama's 2009 bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, saying it would lead to the industry's collapse and instead arguing for a "managed bankruptcy" model.

"And now, after Romney's false claim of Jeep outsourcing to China, Chrysler itself has refuted Romney's lie," the Obama spot continues. "The truth? Jeep is adding jobs in Ohio."

The Obama ad references an ad which began airing in Ohio on Saturday.

"Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China," the narrator says. Recent reports have said that the majority owner of Chrysler, Fiat, is considering producing its signature Jeep in China.

Chrysler Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Gualberto Ranieri refuted such reports, writing in an online posting, "Let's set the record straight: Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China," wrote on blog.

The ad follows comments the GOP presidential candidate said in a Friday campaign stop in Defiance, Ohio, just down the street from a General Motors plant.

"I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers of this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China," he said.

Romney's ad makes no mention that the plan "to build Jeeps in China" would have little impact on Ohio, where the ad is running - as Jeep has planned an expansion into China's growing automobile market rather than a move to source production from there for export.

Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt told reporters in a Monday conference call that the Romney ad "reeks of desperation."

The Romney campaign did not highlight their ad with a press release to reporters, as they have with nearly other spot, but CNN's ad tracker Kantar Media CMAG, spotted the ad running on broadcast television stations in Toledo and Youngstown, Ohio – two Ohio manufacturing strongholds.

This spot may be an effort to undercut Obama on an issue his campaign believes could tip the balance in their favor in Ohio: the 2009 bailout of the auto industry.

The government dolled out some $60 billion and has received at least $33 billion back so far.

On the campaign trail Monday, Biden slammed the Romney claim.

"Have they no shame?" Biden asked at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio. "Romney will say anything, absolutely anything to win, it seems."

Obama's campaign announced his spot, "Collapse," would run in Ohio, and an Obama campaign aide told CNN the spot will run in Toledo, although it is possible they will add more markets.

The Romney campaign said the Obama campaign was making "desperate arguments."

“It appears the Obama campaign is less concerned with engaging in a meaningful conversation about President Obama’s failed policies and more concerned with arguing against facts about their record they dislike,” Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in a statement.

- CNN's Gregory Wallace, Kevin Bohn, and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Auto Bailout • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. myviewis

    Here's one more report I read that tells me that Romney is not lying, people are just plain not reading and are mis-informed:

    By Chris PaukertRSS feed from autoblog.com

    Posted Oct 22nd 2012 4:29PM

    We're quite used to seeing Jeep knockoffs come out of Asia (e.g. SsangYong Korando generations one through three), but if a new report is to be believed, we may start seeing the fair dinkum being built in Asia once again, too.

    According to Bloomberg, Chrysler parent Fiat is in serious negotiations with its Chinese joint venture partner, Guangzhou Automobile Group, over plans to build Jeeps locally. Of course, the brand previously built models in China before Fiat came into its management picture, but now there's talk of possibly assembling more than one model – and possibly the entire brand portfolio – in China. The additional capacity would likely only augment Jeep's US output, not replace it.

    Jeep currently builds all of its models in the US, but it has been enjoying rapidly growing overseas sales and is looking to capitalize on its momentum. Bloomberg notes that the marque is targeting sales of 500,000 overseas units, which would represent a three-fold increase over its 2009 numbers. In fact, more than three out of four overseas deliveries for Chrysler brands this year have carried a seven-slot grille. Demand for the Grand Cherokee and Compass models in China are said to be particularly strong. "

    October 29, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Democrat now Ind.

    It's Hurricane Sandy's fault.

    October 29, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Name BANGO

    Romney and Ryan are scary. They sold their souls to the Koch brothers and I pray they aren't elected.

    October 29, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. David

    Me thinks those internal polling numbers the Ohio Gov was spouting about ain't so peachy after all.

    October 29, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Jess

    Americans please open your eyes... do not let Romney lies destroy you. Vote wisely

    October 29, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. David Friedman

    These guys are simply tea party-pimps.......

    October 29, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. David Friedman

    and dangerous to America!

    October 29, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. rs


    The problem with the article you cite is theat they got it wrong intentionally or otherwise. Fiat and Chrysler are adament that they are not moving any American jobs to China, and in fact are adding more than 3,000 jobs in three states.

    This is just the Right-Wing, listening to Right-Wing media- similar to the tortured editing FOX did on the Libya story that got Romney hammered in the debate.

    October 29, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. jinx88

    Wow!!! Mittens is losing his mind people right in front of us. Wake up, we cannot let Mittens in the WH.

    October 29, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. zscape123

    Romney said it before "Let Detroit Fail." Now he's trying to lie out of that. Romney can't be trusted to tell the truth during his campaign ads, so...........can we expect him to be truthful if he were elected into office. We saved this country in 2008 from Weapons of Mass Destruction lies, and "Mushroom cloud" lies and we need to keep it saved. We don't need to rescue it and return to more lies that we had with the last republican administration.

    October 29, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Aseelah

    Why doesn't CNN criticize Romney for telling lies, especially about Chrysler sending jobs to China. Chrysler has reported that what Romney has said in his newest ad campaign is not the truth. I am finding CNN becoming more and more bias in its new reporting. Just tell the truth.

    October 29, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. ghost

    Myviews, if you read the article you posted, you would see that any plans would not take away from production here.

    October 29, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Joan

    Romney and his lies are is a extremely dangerous man. I cannot for the life of me see why the polls are so close. Fact Check sited 75 lies on each topic this man told during the courese of the debates. 29 lies in the first debate. That is the fact people. I think the polls are not accurate. In Florida a representative from the Latino community said that they are not being poled. Also the young people are not in these polls. So I think Obama is going to win by a big margin. Lets Pray folks. It would be painful to see this liar in the Whitehouse. Guys will not know the truth of where what is taking place. That is how most dictatorship begin.

    October 29, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. al in memphis

    It appears the Obama campaign is less concerned with engaging in a meaningful conversation about President Obama’s failed policies and more concerned with arguing against facts about their record they dislike,” Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in a statement.

    Really, this is what you say when your canidate distorts the facts to the point that Chrysler has to come out an set the record straight. I am going to assume you made the same remarks to that Chrysler offical who correct Romney.

    October 29, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. ga.democrat

    The good Mormon just cannot stop lying.

    October 29, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Just more lies from the gop and romney Ryan ,we don't listen to your lies anymore romney the lyin tax cheat . Signed the 99%.

    October 29, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Drew

    Lies and half truths is what Republican politics are all about. Both sides do it but the GOP is a master at the "tell a lie enough times and it becomes the truth" mantra. Vote OBAMA 2012 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 29, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. kayla

    i agree with you bob and i do not think you are a bigot, you are just telling it like it is. the bigots are the repugnants.

    October 29, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    @myviewis – you must be one of the twit's fools because only people like you can still be on the side of a lying, no character, no ethics, no morals tax cheating imbecile.
    I take it that the mormon cult, unlike the lyan altar boy who will burn in hell because he IS catholic, doesn't have any commandment that says though shall not lie again and again and again.

    October 29, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    If Romney is a true christain should he tell lies against the president to secure votes ?

    October 29, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  21. No worries

    The libs never mention the fact that the Clinton administration signed NAFTA, creating a mass exodus of American manufacturers to Mexico and Alan Greenspan ignored Wall Street practices that caused the housing collapse. Do some research, then tell me why the Bush administration is responsible for the economy. Then tell me what Obama has accomplished except to saddle my children with a tax burden that will ultimately kill the middle class for good. Well? I'm waiting...

    October 29, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. Four and The Door

    Americans please open your eyes... do not let Romney lies destroy you. Vote wisely
    Mitt Romney is honest, moral and charitable. He has lived a life based on good values. No wonder Obama/ Biden 2012 is confused. They don't know how to deal with someone like this. It is unfortunate that they have sunk to the level of personal attack like we see, but you have to understand. They lose on the real issues. They lose on their record. They lose on their plan forward. As pathetic as it is, they are even asking Americans to settle for 2% annual GDP growth. They have no idea how to do any better. This is all they have. But we can do much better. Now. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    October 29, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. Ray

    Some of the disinformation coming out of a Romney's campaign almost seems like Goebbels Nazi propaganda machine.

    October 29, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. justlisten

    I wish Chrysler would do a tv ad saying exactly what their intent is, then I'd love to see Romney try to spin that!

    October 29, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. Montykoolaid

    To the people saying that Jeep building some cars in China to sell to the Chinese backs up Romneys claims...


    Romney was quoted as saying "they are moving your plant to China, your jobs!"

    It was such a lie that Chrysler had to come forward and correct him by letting him know, "Hey....we are actually adding over 1000 jobs in Ohio and the Chinese plant is for making cars for the Chinese only."

    At this point you would think ROmney would respond by saying, "Oops, made an honest mistake folks, sorry about that!" NOPE – HE RELEASES AN AD REPEATING THE LIE!!!!!!

    October 29, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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