Auto companies hit back against Romney ads
October 30th, 2012
10:24 PM ET
2 years 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. Constance

    This highlight the point that Mitt would do and say any thing to win. No integrity, no core, no conviction. He insult Ohioans thinking that they would forget that he wanted to leave them jobless. Despicableand frightening to think he has a chance to be commander and chief.

    October 31, 2012 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  2. Russ in MD

    If a Jeep is built in china to be sold in china then it is a job sent overseas. We need to build the cars hear in the good old USA and export to china? We need to export (especially to china) to improve our economy.

    October 31, 2012 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  3. works4me

    Romney's business experience: He ran a business, who's business it was to destroy others business' and make his business millions. I'm impressed!
    America is not a business and no one should try to run it as such. America is a country. MY country and I'll never vote for someone that will sell the White House to the highest bidder.
    This guy is a sleazy used car salesman and will say anything to achieve the brass ring. Just ask the people of Mass. America needs to wake up to that fact... before it's too late.

    October 31, 2012 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  4. MMCT203

    Im fed up. Just another sure example of Mitt Romney LYING to the American People, and just further proof that this man truly will not allow his campaign to be "Dictated by Fact-Checkers". What more does the American People need to see? We know this man is a fraudulent, tax-evading, vulture capitalist, elitist, shape-shifting, etch-a-sketch model of someone who will do anything to win an election. Back in August, he had my vote; ever since then, he has done everything to persuade me to Obama.

    October 31, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  5. MarieMD

    Is this who we want as a president? A man who lies at every turn? If he is lying about hings that have been proven wrong in his ads what is going to do to our country?
    I don't know how that wife of his and his family can feel any love for somebody with no character. I guess money is that important in their lives.

    October 31, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  6. Paul from Texas

    Romney will say, I do not remember saying that, or that comment was taken out of context, or my tea party brainwashing must have taken over.

    October 31, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  7. ray

    What do you expect from a liar?

    October 31, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  8. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Mitt the twit lies to the bitter end coming soon for he and Lyin Ryan.

    October 31, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  9. jane

    This guy is NOT presidential material.....He lies tooooooooo much

    October 31, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  10. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Everyone knows by now that Romney is a deceitful hypocrit, a phony and a fraud and a serial liar who would murder his own family to get elected. After all, low down dogs like this troll is driven by power, material and prestige and would do any unthinkable thing to obtain the reign of power, material and prestige. It is what Adolph Hitler was driven by and likewise the same is to be said of Bernie Madeoff. History has shown us that dictators and people who are driven by greed would commit mass murder and do the unthinkable to be at the top. But if this was China or Russia, you can bet your bottom dollar that Romney would have been sent to the gallows for treason and conspiracy to undermine his own government.

    October 31, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  11. turbobo

    Romeny is a major liar and a major flip flopper. Anyone with a decent conscience couldn't vote for him.

    October 31, 2012 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  12. Get Real

    Plain and simple, if GM is doing SOOO great, then why is the Moraine, OH plant still closed???? But yet they invested 500M 2 years ago to build a plant in Mexico. It would have taken less than 500M to either re-open or restructure the Moraine, OH plant. Oh, and BTW FORD RULES!!!! No bailout and still beat the crap out of GM.

    October 31, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  13. BG

    Yep, car companies are the good guys.

    October 31, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  14. Monica K

    A man this desperate to get this job is not to be trusted. He lies until he trips up in them. "Thou shall not lie" is violated a lot by this man who professes to represent his Church and God. Shame on him. Honest he is NOT!!

    October 31, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  15. zivo24

    Both my spouse and I purchased new jeeps in May of this year. They were both manufactured in the U.S. We checked.

    I'm sick of Romney's lies. This man will say ANYTHING to get elected. Look how many times he's flip-flopped...changing his story and his stand on important issues based not on any morals or ethics but on what the thinks is most likely to get people to give him money and/or vote for him.

    And, if he is elected....he's going to owe it to people like the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Thomas Peterffy and Karl Rove...because they've been putting up the big money and putting out the attack ads from 527s to help him. If you think that aren't going to expect alot in return from Romney as president...you're too stupid to be voting.

    October 31, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  16. Wake up People!

    Why are these ads, that are known lies, even aired? Doesn't the media owe us the truth? What about the uninformed that may not know how to research or the elderly? That's why I turn the channel each time one comes on.

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 31, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  17. Truth Teller

    Gee, what a suprise, Romney's a Liar who will say anything to get elected. Isn't lying a Sin Mitt?

    October 31, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  18. me

    Lies Lies and more Lies then what else do you expect from the Reactionary right wing of the Republican party. I assume they will start to sputter that the fact checkers are just puppets of the liberal media except Faux News which only tells the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth!

    October 31, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  19. Captain Tom

    If you don't like what Mitt stands for wait a minute. It will change.

    October 31, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  20. Name

    Some people will say anything...when they believed the truth does not matter.

    October 31, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  21. Rebirth

    Mitt Romney will lie about anything to get elected.

    October 31, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  22. Leeford

    The irony is the people who would be swayed by an ad like this are the same people who flock to Walmart to buy chinese goods on the cheap.

    October 31, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  23. Jason (An Ashamed Republican)

    The Romney campaign is bereft of new ideas so they make things up. They want to lie their way to the white house. If they succeed, they set a new strategy for future candidates who want political office. Basically, lie your way to political office and not worry about the American public. They are that stupid.!!!

    Just think if they lie now, what will they do if they reach the white house? America is done for.

    October 31, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  24. Bruce

    Mitt Romney is a lier. If Obama had done this and along with the other lies, the race would not be this close. This shows that the only reason people are voting for this guy is that they are racist and do not want to see a black person as the head of this nation. Shame on you people.

    October 31, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  25. SDG

    Romney has a new low.

    October 31, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
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