Auto companies hit back against Romney ads
October 30th, 2012
10:24 PM ET
1 year ago

Auto companies hit back against Romney ads

(CNN) – Democrats on Tuesday ramped up their pressure on the Romney campaign over two new ads on the auto bailout, as each side sought to sway voters in the crucial battleground state of Ohio.

Spokespeople for Obama's re-election effort pointed to quotes from General Motors and Chrysler executives blasting Mitt Romney over a new round of ads that accuse the auto giants of shifting jobs overseas.

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"The ad is cynical campaign politics at its worst," General Motors spokesman Greg Martin told The New York Times. "We think creating jobs in the U.S. and repatriating profits back in this country should be a source of bipartisan pride."

The Romney radio ad, which aired in Ohio Tuesday, claims GM plans to double the number of cars built in China and that Chrysler plans to start making Jeeps in the same country.

"Mitt Romney: He'll stand up for the auto industry in Ohio, not China," the ad's narrator concludes.

The ad follows a television spot released over the weekend, which makes the same argument and faced wide criticism in recent days for its accuracy.

"Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China," the television spot's narrator says.

Romney originally floated that idea at a rally in Defiance, Ohio last week. He quoted a report about the majority owner of Chrysler, Fiat, saying it was considering producing its signature Jeep in China.

However, the Bloomberg report to which Romney was apparently referring said that the potential move would only affect cars produced for Chinese consumers.

Chrysler Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Gualberto Ranieri emphatically denied the possibility U.S. production would be affected, 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."

The ad was rated "Pants on Fire" by the independent, fact-checking group PolitiFact.com. And former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden on Monday tag teamed in their attacks against Romney over the ad.

The Romney campaign did not highlight their television ad–or Tuesday's radio ad–with a press release to reporters, as they have with nearly every 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.

Martin, the GM representative, said Romney's ads show that the candidate is "bereft of any fundamental understanding of the global automotive industry.

"All global manufacturers, whether General Motors, Ford, Chrysler or VW, build historically in the markets in which we sell," he continued.

Romney's campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

– CNN's Rachel Streitfel, Gregory Wallace and Shannon Travis contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Auto Bailout • General Motors • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. Kane

    Romney is indeed, a TRUE dirtbag....

    October 31, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  2. albert E

    How desperate huh? His first ad against Obama was false, this probabaly might be the last, and it's also false. Pathetic! ROMENY WILL LOSE!

    October 31, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  3. Jonathen K

    Romney lying as usual, what else is new.

    October 31, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  4. Namefedupwithrobme

    Only one word is needed to describe Mitt. LIAR!. Any others?.

    October 31, 2012 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  5. jake

    Got caught lying again hey romney. Now you dont even had the courage to return calls made to you on said subject. You lying corrupt snake oil salesman. No dignity, no morals, no couth.

    October 31, 2012 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  6. texcanleb

    Serial lying is not a good qualification for the Presidency. Lying Mitt has no shame or honor

    October 31, 2012 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  7. NetPress

    If you want to choose between Democrat or Republican consider this:
    To be a democrat, you need to study and work really hard and be smart, very smart.
    To be a republican you naturally need support of oil company, coal company, Finance company and .... But no brain require but you'll make tons of money because all you have to do is repeat what those companies are feeding you

    October 31, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  8. Murray MacCutcheon

    A vote for Romney is a vote for dishonesty. Are the American people that morally bankrupt or stupid??I think not!

    October 31, 2012 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  9. nelson origa

    Liar Mittens Rob Me.

    October 31, 2012 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  10. zapper

    Shame on any American who voted for the verifiable liar Romney!

    October 31, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  11. fernace

    Thank you American Auto Industry for standing up for the truth! So many people, especially those who always vote for the party they've always supported, absolutely need to hear this! Romney is a sly business man who has bamboozled his way into an almost presidency & those who stand to gain the most from it are backing him! I recall there being a film out this year depicting what life will be w/another 4 yrs of an Obama term presidency! I haven't seen it, but heard it was a "worst case scenario" type deal! Let me give you the worst case scenario if the RR's & GOT-Party wins & I hope to make it through the moderators! Step 1) Corporations are people! Only the top echelon will have power! 2) Deregulate, cut funding, repeal & privatize 3) Make each state "responsible" for themselves, i.e. isolate & separate! 4) Increase taxburden on the little people so they have no recourse but to stick w/the "program" 5) Introduce God in government & recind separation of church & state! A 5 point plan! Obama 12!!

    October 31, 2012 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  12. Adam

    Oh no, romney isn't telling the truth and when called on it he chooses not to respond. It seems like every other article put out says this about romney, yet his numbers stay steady. What is going on with people in the middle of our country?

    October 31, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  13. Truth Partner 12

    GM and Chrysler were ripped away from the legal bond holders (like my widowed mom – a retired secretary) and given to the UAW (majority ownership), which has given $70,000,000 to the Obama campaign. So why is it news that the "auto companies" (not including Ford), i.e. unions, are supporting President Obama?
    Note that Chrysler CEO says that there "is no intent" to shift Jeep production to China. I'm sure that after the election it will be more strongly considered.

    October 31, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  14. Lorrie

    desperation at its best...just more hocus pocus as election day approaches.....Romney will do anything to buy votes. Ohioans will see this for what it is...

    October 31, 2012 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  15. An objective observer

    Will the real Romney.... Please stand..... Gosh I hope that he is not elected President of the USA . When a politician can't be honest with himself with whom can he be honest !.
    As a Canadian I watch your political campaigning and I despair if Romney is elected! I have heard so many lies from both Romney and Ryan it's unbelievable.. Yes, sometimes they even refer to Canada... I wonder what they really know about Canada, our medical system or our economy etc. etc.

    October 31, 2012 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  16. John

    How stupid does romney think Ohioans are?? Read the initial article that romney jumped on which, contrary to romney's statements, made clear that Chrysler was was “adding Jeep production sites rather than shifting output from North America to China." Romney is flat out lying here, and I believe the people of ohio will see this man for what he is - a snake oil salesman. If romney was winning, he wouldn't be lying like this. I don't think this is a good man. Not a man worthy of being our President.

    October 31, 2012 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  17. Namedavid williams

    Romney is a LIAR, and has absolutely no core principles, or values, except a desire to be president.
    I cannot believe ANYONE could vote for a man like this. I can only surmise that they are driven by their hate for Obama, and don't care who replaces him.
    I wonder what drives this hatred?

    October 31, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  18. Tomorrow

    Of course Mitt Romney understands the auto industry. His father was in the business of building cars in Ohio and Mitt was able to learn enough about the business from him to know plenty. Mitt Romney graduated in the top 5 of his class at Harvard Law school and he is not idiot. This article is a bunch of nonsense.

    October 31, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  19. Yosemite Sam

    "Romney's campaign did not respond to a request for comment."

    In all my life I have never seen such a campaign driven with such vile contempt for the American people and for truth.

    Let's face it, Mitt does not have a plan to run this country. He's winging it as he goes.

    Quite honestly, how can place this nations trust in such an untrustworthy man?

    (And by the way, saying that President Obama is a Muslim is just one more example of how low Mitt's campaign will go.)

    October 31, 2012 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  20. Penny Wright

    Mitt Romney is a liar and a thief.

    October 31, 2012 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  21. Indie

    Hard working Americans already have a perception that Romney will lie and say anything to win the presidency. These Jeep lies have validated people's perceptions. Hard working Americans don't want to be duped and lied to by a CEO figure. This shows desperation and will only work against him.

    October 31, 2012 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  22. Name EVETTE

    Romney is a liar and is desperate for a win.
    Sorry for the people who supports him. A new definition of christianity.

    October 31, 2012 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  23. Name

    Romney just says anything to win. He does have any plans about anything. The R's know. It's just they don't java anybody else that's why they went for the big name nothing else.

    October 31, 2012 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  24. andrew

    This should be given more visibility. Everyone in Ohio, a key state that will decide these elections, should understand that those ads (Radio and TV) are a complete work of fantasy. Romney should be accountable for this and he owes all of us an explanation on why he is trying to deceive voters with completely false commercials. He should answer directly and in front of americans to this simple question "Why did you make this up?"

    This is game, set and match for me. Obama might not be good enough, but Romney scares me.

    October 31, 2012 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  25. Kr55

    Enjoy being swayed by blatant lies everyone! Get use to it if romney wins. The flood gates will be opened for limitless money to be donated to campaigns so you can be brainwashed all day every day while you try to watch tv next election year.

    October 31, 2012 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
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