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. rs

    Four and The Door-
    If as you say: "Mitt Romney is honest, moral and charitable. He has lived a life based on good values."
    Why does he lie about everything?
    I mean really- there hasn't been one single issue he hasn't changed his mind on or lied about in the last year. The Chairman of Chrysler had to correct him on the Jeep story, yet he keeps on repeating that lie (along with all the others).

    Lying is not "honest, moral and charitable" nor is it "based on good values".

    October 29, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Noniguy70

    What really galls me...is the potential damage that Romney's statement could inflict on Jeep. May be naive of me, but spouting out (aka lying) about a company sending jobs to China, puts that company in a negative space amongst consumers. Just making such statements seem 'anti-American' Mitt. Consumers could start to look discouragingly at Jeep. Boo!!!

    October 29, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. ram

    What facts is Ms.Henneberg referring to? Is she contradicting the Vice President of Chrysler? And by the way, who brought up the issue in the first place? The republicans seem to be ones who are desperate, and maybe they are right to be desperate.

    October 29, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. FactCheck

    After all of their support in the 2008 election, Obama was indebted to the UAW union.
    And if it all blew up in his face, I'm sure a bagger like you would have been the first one to come here and say "Oh well, he tried". By the way, almost all of the money that was provided to UAW has been returned.

    October 29, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. Pete

    You delushional republicans if Pres.Obama didn't act as Bush was walking away because his term was over we wouldn't have a recession,it would've been a depression nitwits .Millions of workers,union and not would have been jobless with the auto industry going down all vendors related with the industry would have gone as well as most small businesses as well as most small towns..It would've been catastrophic and it would of took years similar to the Hoover Great Depression that a democratic president in Roosevelt 12 years to fix that mess..One republican catastrophe a century is all it takes and your republican presidents always seem to be the ones to give it to us don't they,check your political history its not pretty because all your party has created is wars and economic catastrophes,not a good history to brag about is it!!

    October 29, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. racegirl1

    This party is nothing but liars, then when caught they double down on the lie. How can anyone vote for people in this party when the only thing they believe is people are so uneducated they will believe anything we say. Well, I am educated and republicans are the biggest liars and money grubbers around.

    October 29, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. Bill from GA

    The propaganda machine seems to have taken control of the 'fact checkers'.

    If they can find the slightest bit of truth in a Romney statement, it is declared 'true'.

    Romney WOULD have let the auto industry fail. Even Ford would be in trouble, because the suppliers would be struggling.

    Yet many believe Obama & Romney are equally truthful in this matter.

    October 29, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. RudyG

    Hey idiots, there are better ways to save industry than for the government to invest directly. Period. That's economics 101. That's a fact!! If you refuse to accept that fact for political reasons then at least be honest and say so. Only in socialist and communist countries does the state become part owner of business.

    October 29, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. just a Independet Voter

    I can't believe that anyone would vote for a liar.. As my mom would say.. If you are easy to lie, then you will steal an kill!

    Romney has no shame..

    October 29, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. PK

    Mitt keeps on talking about other companies moving jobs to China, the question should be, how many people lost their jobs while Romney and Bain bankrupted companies and walked away with millions using borrowed money? How many jobs did Romney and Bain move to China while putting more people here in the U.S. out of work?

    October 29, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. John

    The slipperiest candidate in history........Everyone was trying to find a buyer for GM and CHrysler....Normal bankruptcy would not have found one either.....no one had $ that was willing to put it into GM......they would have gone under, dead, finished, ..................until Obama had the guts to do the right thing.............

    Thank You President Obama

    October 29, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  12. laserblast92

    Look at Ford to see what would have happened to GM or Chrysler/JEEP, not a dam thing. Ford didn't take a cent and restructured, GM and Chrysler took money and got politicized and nonunion workers got the shaft.

    October 29, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  13. Larry

    I hate it when people see an add that may be false about Romney and claim he is a liar. What ads and promises did Obama put out that were lies? Many more than Romney. Lets not forget about Obamas lies and cover up about Benghazi. Other presidents were impeached for less. Obamas days are numbered, he can't lie or blame someone else for that.

    October 29, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  14. drew

    If Mitt Romney was driving and moving fro the left lane, to the right lane and back to the median, he would either be arrested for reckless driving or drunk driving

    October 29, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  15. Ray E. (Georgia)

    That Headline was invented by the New Youk Times. The Auto Industry was in a pile of Trouble before Romney Spoke. GM handed it's retirement fund to the Unions some time ago because it was going broke. (What else is new). GM also shed it's parts business because of excessive costs, sans the Unions. Chrysler/Fiat was partically sold to the Unions because it was GOING BANKRUPT! So why would Chrysler manufacture Jeeps in Chine for that Market only? Why wouldn't they make them here? Maybe the cost is too high, here. Some of you had better get your ducks in a row because no matter how you spin it the facts are there. The Government has no business, any business. For a good comparision just look at the old Soviet Union. That is Obama's plan.

    October 29, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  16. Oloye

    CNN you disappoint me for d very first time. It's obvious you want Mitt to win this election with all the lies, flip-flopping and ground shifting. How on earth would you want a man with a record like this win the election. It's a sad day America.

    October 29, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  17. Woman In California

    The Great Liar. Willard M. Romney.

    October 29, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. JG-Texas

    Romney needs to go, how much can this guy get away with?? Come on CNN you are better than this.

    October 29, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  19. Mittflop

    Another Romney lie? Wow, color me surprised.

    October 29, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  20. Weathervane Mitt

    Hey Mitt, why won't you tell us about Sensata? Those are jobs that are REALLY going to China, thanks to Bain and you.
    You claim most of the green energy companies that received stimulus money have gone out of business, when it is actually about 8%. Tell us how many of the companies that Bain has invested in that have shut their doors......in the 20% range. You are a serial liar.

    October 29, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  21. Andybinga

    From a Bloomberg article on 10/22/12: Fiat SpA (F), majority owner of Chrysler Group LLC, plans to return Jeep output to China and may eventually make all of its models in that country, according to the head of both automakers’ operations in the region. Romney is telling the truth.

    October 29, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  22. Barbara Jo Ghiselin

    Romney couldn't tell the TRUTH if his life depended on it
    Now he wants to do away with FEMA Oh, he's all heart!!
    Have you heard the stories now that the Romneys have interests in a voting machine company. SCARY!!
    I checked it out- sounds like it is true!!
    At the very least it doesn't look good!!

    October 30, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  23. ricardo1968

    I've never seen such a dishonest campaign in all my life. It's a disgrace to American politics. Baseless attacks, wholesale abandonment of former positions and almost nothing else of substance. I can't believe that anyone would vote for any GOP candidate this cycle. They deserve a big beating.

    October 30, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  24. Thomas

    And what about Romney wanting to get rid of FEMA ?

    As for letting Detroit go bankrupt , do you know who would have ended up buying is at two cents on the dollar , CHINA .

    No thanks Mitt !

    October 30, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  25. Masunga

    It seems CNN wants Mitt to win.

    October 30, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
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