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. 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???

    Hay romney ,maybe its not a good time to bring up the fact your going to shut down fema and let the states fend for themselves if romney was president right now you would have to call your mommas for help because you wouldn't get any from the romney lyin Ryan administrative ,wake up gop idiots in Florida and north Carolina ,I guess you can pay for your own damages if you vote the gop in ,serves you right .this used to be the USA where we all helped each other ,let's keep it that way , vote the gop and romney Ryan

    October 29, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. jinx88

    @ myviewis – Question the ad that Romney put out sounds like he is blaming Obama for jobs that are not being shipped overseas.

    October 29, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. JohnW

    “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”
    What a fantastic fabricated reply. They bring up a subject that, not surprisingly, is untrue. Then when Obama replies to it with the truth, they essentially say "Yeah, that Obama, doesn't want to talk about policies." You know, like it was his intention the whole time to talk about this issue. What a bunch of low-lifes the Romney campaign has. And it starts at the top.

    October 29, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. squared99

    myviewis, you may need to work on reading comprehension. Perhaps Romney does as well. Nowhere in there does it say they are moving jobs to China, they are talking about starting production there again, as they have previously. It has nothing to do with production in the US. In fact it is further prof that the bailout has helped the company as they are again looking to expand.

    October 29, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. marty

    Only the simple minded could see the auto bailout as a positive. That's why Obama keeps hyping it, it plays to his base. All the Grannies who held bonds in their pensions got screwed. Obama is in the hole 25 billion on the GM bailout. GM and Chrysler would have reformed after bankruptcy without costing the taxpayers anything.

    October 29, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Montykoolaid

    Wow. Now we have people bringing up NAFTA. Heres the thing.

    Romney said Jeep is moving all production to China and the plant workers would lose their jobs.

    CHRYSLER says, hey, your lying, we are ADDING JOBS TO OHIO.

    Romney releases ad repeating lie that was just refuted by Chrysler.


    October 29, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Timo

    CNN stop building up Romney. Why don't you also talk about virginia numbers now. Is it because Obama is up in Virgina? You only put up numbers where Romney is up. Also talk about Virginia now. The President is up in Virginia and this is very bad for Romney.

    October 29, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Montykoolaid

    Marty, that is BS.

    Everyone knew that there was no private sector credit for the car companies. This is a widely known FACT.

    Without the bailout, they would have died, taking all those jobs with them.

    October 29, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Larry in Houston

    all i can say is my 401 is good now – in "07" during the "dubya" regime, it was shattered – stocks were down to a mere 6,000 and was even going downward – then McCain had to "suspend his campaign" so he could vote for a 787 billion bailout that his buddy "bush" needed with his buddy henry paulson, the "theif" that ended up taking some of that money. I'm glad that we aren't getting another rethuglican in the white house. I mean obama isn't perfect, but he will at least tell you the truth, and what he means. I'm glad that I've already Voted a Straight Ticket.
    May the Best Man Win – 2012

    October 29, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Michael

    Face it, Willard can't open his mouth without lying, Ryan is no better. I guess all his supporters care about is that they are white.

    October 29, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. broggin1968

    This is about as brazen as it gets. Chrysler corrects Mitt Romney and publicly refutes his claim, THEN the Romney campaign starts an ad based on the same lie. I don't think there has ever been a more morally corrupt individual running for POTUS than Mitt Romney.

    October 29, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    cnn is afraid of fox, that's why cnn won't call mitt on his mess. pitiful! cnn is quickly becoming a tabloid type like their mentors at fox. i've always liked cnn. get it right cnn. get it right!

    October 29, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    Only the simple minded could see the auto bailout as a positive. That's why Obama keeps hyping it, it plays to his base. All the Grannies who held bonds in their pensions got screwed. Obama is in the hole 25 billion on the GM bailout. GM and Chrysler would have reformed after bankruptcy without costing the taxpayers anything.
    After all of their support in the 2008 election, Obama was indebted to the UAW union. His participation in the bailout was based on their best outcome. They made out like bandits at a great cost to the American Taxpayer. Obama accepted GM stock for taxpayer money. The taxpayers have lost $15 billion on that stock so far but the union is doing just fine.

    Where is the Government Accounting Office in all of this? Why have they kept quiet about these poor decisions?

    October 29, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. gotup

    when will americans wake up and realize just how big a liar mitt is? he lies so much he makes the devil blush!

    October 29, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. broggin1968

    This is about as brazen as it gets. Chrysler publicly corrects Romney's lie, THEN the Romney campaign releases an ad repeating the lie. Mitt Romney is probably the most morally corrupt individual ever to seek presidential office.

    October 29, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. ascpgh

    Auto bailout simply diverted the legal steps necessary by the companies to seek the protections of law in bankruptcy.

    Stepping in and manipulating business by subverting the legal system for whatever political spin is for election points from the 85% idiots in the electorate.

    Freshly propped up Chrysler is only today softening the plan to shift all production to China. Their secondary position, moving production to Italy, where factory workers apparently need employment more than those in Toledo. Or maybe they speak the same language as management. Just saying.

    GM's lineup is fleet-worthy, nothing else necessary to say. Their rental hoopties are sadder at 3500 miles than my last three vehicles after 150,000 miles. Let them rot. Obama stepping in to keep this company afloat is like funding a bad restaurant so they can keep open despite customers clearly avoiding eating there.

    October 29, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Borderless

    Jeep has no intention of outsourcing manufacturing jobs to China prior to this election. Obama payed them off with federal funds so they wouldn't begin doing that until at least January.

    I really wish Obama wouldn't use our treasury as his personal graft fund. Can't he just call up his rich Hollywood friends for that sort of thing?

    October 29, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. jen

    @four and the door

    Romney is Honest!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! Can I stop laughing now.

    October 29, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Opal

    The Republican strategy has been to scare, lie and boast theirway into office. They have doubled the national debt everytime they were in office. They have a plan to push women back into the 1800's (Akin, Mourdock an Ryan are all in the same party...along with that womanfrom Valentine, NE.–the rancher who uses gov/t help her ranch succeed) and they mask it all as religion...oh, no faith. Well, my faith says we look at the Ten Commandments....falshood is another word for lies. How did this man ever get past square one? Well, because some folks prefer money to honesty. Some folks worship at the house of business...only business. Every Reagan, it's been o.k. to hollow out companies and governments in the name of business, in the name of profit. Go home guys and watch "it's a Good Life." See if you can get the drift.

    October 29, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. SilentObserver

    Tax money has been paid back; at least half of it. As GM expands the whole will be recovered. It is not actually an expense, but an investment. In a year or two tax payers get their money back, and they have helped Ohio keep jobs in Ohio. This is called " We ARE ALL in toghether" approach.

    MITT strategy: "Winner taks all, loser you are on your own"

    October 29, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. como1

    No mention about Benghazi again? No mention of that vapid Obama video of kids singing that republicans will destroy the world. Nothing like liberal lock step thought speech. Obama's Auto Bailout ad is garbage. once again not telling the truth.

    October 29, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. Laura

    Hey Marty ask the people who kept their jobs if the bailout was positive, ask if they have paid back more than half already. You know that the private sector, would have never helped. It's incredible that people like you do not want to see that it's been for the best. The other alternative to a presidency would be a disaster for the middle class. "There is no worst blind than the one that does not want to see"

    October 29, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  23. bowlkoff

    Four and The Door .... The Bailout had to happen. They looked for banks to bail them out with guarantee the gov would back the loans. Mitt's idea wasn't bad it just was not possible. If you take a look at what Mitt did with Bain it would seem as if Bain and other similar companies would love to bailout the auto industry just to bankrupt it and layoff employees just so they could gain a huge profit. Not sure a far fetched idea that Mitt probably had since he does have the track record.

    October 29, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  24. Anonymous


    Romney just wants us to believe his lies! He's lied in the beginning of the presidential race! Who's to say that he's going to tell us all the truth IF he gets into office? He might have done some great things for the Winter Olympics back in 2002, I'll give him credit for that...but lying about his tax returns, blasting the 2012 Olympics,, outsourcing jobs to China, picking a fight with Palestine, Libya and the Middle East is NOT going to get him in office, now is it?

    October 29, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. Kathy Mills

    Romney/Ryan thinks the American voters are stupid.. i sure hope they are not. Romney is a liar and will say anything to win. How about the latest company in Ill. that he profited 12 million when the jobs were sent to China two ago. Look it up! He knows how to create jobs in China.

    October 29, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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