November 2nd, 2012
12:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama tries to run over Romney's auto claims

Hilliard, Ohio (CNN) - In auto manufacturing heavy Ohio Friday, President Barack Obama took on recent attacks from Mitt Romney over his efforts toward that industry, saying the charges prove the former governor is attempting to scare Americans into supporting him.

"You don't scare hard working Americans just to scare up some votes," Obama told a crowd of 2,800 in small town Hilliard, Ohio. "That's not what being president is all about, that's not leadership."

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"Trying to massage the facts, that's not change, that's just…" And, while the president didn't use the word, the crowd needed no cue yelling "lying!"

As a result of Romney's recent ad, Obama said employees at Jeep are calling their bosses, worried their jobs will be shipped overseas, a claim in the ad that "everybody knows is not true."

"The car companies themselves have told Gov. Romney to knock it off," he added.

The Romney commercial, which accused Jeep of shipping jobs overseas, resulted in two response spots from Team Obama. The president said the attack proves his opponent is attempting to run away from past positions because he is "having a tough time in Ohio."

Obama expectedly defended the steps he took to "rescue the auto industry," despite their unpopularity at the time.

"It was the right thing to do," Obama said. "That bet paid off right here in Ohio."

Friday morning's fairground event was the first of three Buckeye State stops in small cities as attention from both campaigns remains largely focused on the battleground state.

The candidate's closing arguments coincided with the release of the October jobs numbers Friday, which showed 171,000 jobs were added while the unemployment figure rose to 7.9%.

"We learned companies hired more workers in October than at any time in the last eight months," Obama told the crowd. "The American auto industry is back on top."

A Romney campaign spokeswoman said Obama’s remarks were “false and misleading” and emphasized losses in manufacturing jobs as evidence of Obama’s failed record.

White House Producer Adam Aigner-Treworgy contributed to this report.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Thank God we are moving forward beyond the Bush/Romney/Ryan types of policies

    Thank God we are moving forward beyond the Bush/Romney/Ryan types of policies and politics. I'm voting Obama.

    November 2, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. California Gary

    That's it Mr. President.......hit him right where it hurts........in his lies. It's a target rich environment.

    November 2, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    We all know what "stranger danger" is, well Romney wants your vote and after he's elected he'll tell you what his plan is. It's important that Romney reveals his plan before we trust him with our vote and not later.

    November 2, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. ghtbad

    "You don't scare hard working Americans just to scare up some votes",,,,,,,,,That's exactly what this empty suit does all the time. He lies and his lies scare people. Well, speaking of the auto industry. How about those 16 electric cars that burned during 'Sandy' at a cost of $1.6 million. The green cars that Obama backed by giving that company, Fisker, stimulus money who turned around and moved the Fisker company to Finland. Yeah, great move. Obama gives away our money, the company moves, costing Americans to lose jobs.

    November 2, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    During the GOP primaries, Romney was a "severe conservative." Now suddenly, beginning with the debates, he wants us to think he's a centrist. Huh? What? The guy is a liar. Good luck with that, GOP. And continue voting against your best interests just because you don't like the President's color.

    November 2, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. UDidntBuildThat

    Obama took GM into a managed bankruptcy and sold off Chrsler to a foreign company. They are hiring in China not here! The GM bailout started under Bush Admin. Romney never said let GM die. Anyone with half intelligence knows that most compaines that go thru bankruptcy emerge stronger and most never die. Romney in his opinion piece said he was for govt subsides of GM. It is Obama who has lied about Romney statement. GM is still losing millions and still owe taxpayer billions. Taxpayer would have saved billions if we had not rewarded the failed management and executives at GM.

    "But don’t ask Washington to give shareholders and bondholders a free pass — they bet on management and they lost...A managed bankruptcy may be the only path to the fundamental restructuring the industry needs. It would permit the companies to shed excess labor, pension and real estate costs. The federal government should provide guarantees for post-bankruptcy financing and assure car buyers that their warranties are not at risk." – Mitt Romney

    November 2, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Recovering republican voter: Never again!

    I'm voting for the president. Mitt Romney, do you have no shame? There are a million reasons to NOT vote for Romney. Each one is a good enough reason all by itself.

    Please do not reward obstructionism and lies. If we do, it will be the new norm. It will never end. The elections in 2010 (you remember, the year it was supposed to be JOBS, JOBS, JOBS??!!!!!) gave power to republicans that no matter what they did, or in most cases didn't do, was the way to go. I say NOT!

    November 2, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. cali girl

    Right from Robmeys own mouth, "Let Detroit go Bankrupt"
    By the way, letting Detroit go bankrupt would have ruined more than GM. How about the Auto Parts Stores, the company that makes the nuts and bolts, the radio makers, the seat makers, The dealerships all over the country.
    It would have bankrupted more than just one company, it would have been hundreds of thousands of people too.
    Too bad for Robmey that Detroit is doing just fine. Ask the people who work for any auto maker how they feel about what President Obama did, and what Robmey wanted to do.

    November 2, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. TheVoice2

    Neo-cons are whining about the money invested in GM, Solyndra, etc... Did they forget the $10 Billion that went to Halliburton. Which one is a better investment?? I would place my bet with innovation and American cars any day!

    It is time to move FORWARD!

    November 2, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Texas Gary

    California Gary

    That's it Mr. President.......hit him right where it hurts........in his lies. It's a target rich environment

    I think that’s called a self-inflicted wound when you shoot yourself in the foot.
    If you want a list of BHO’s lies you can start with his promises.
    You know, cut the deficit in half, get employment at 5.6%, close GitMo, and many, many more.
    You don’t even need to include stopping the seas from rising.
    He’s got to go back to Chicago and community organizing.

    November 2, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. REGinAZ

    Why would a Republican vote for Obama and the Democrats? Because they realize the current Republican Party really only represents the very few. Because they want the Grande Ole Party, with a sincere interest in the people, back and see the only way to get that is to firmly and totally reject what they have become. Because they recognize the truth, that America isn’t actually close to being a “socialistic” society but is really becoming a “two class” society with the very few (1%) competing in having it all, while the majority (99%) is left struggling (as proven by the constantly growing gap between the very wealthy and everyone else). Because they recognize and understand that our severe problems weren’t caused by taxes on the wealthy or by government spending or even by the deficit but rather are the direct result of aggressive exploitation by the few, costing the majority greatly, with the permissive “puppet” politicians actually being co-responsible. ...

    ... Because they realize the $17T debt isn’t just Obama’s doing but that it’s dynamic growth started under Bush-Cheney, after they blew through the surplus given them by Clinton, and that Bush-Cheney actually took this country to several crisis points, which they simply passed on to Obama, who then fought to address them over the Republican’s irresponsible faulting and stubborn blocking, without the Republicans ever having any conscience or concern for the people. Because they see “the money” is aggressively and arrogantly working against the population, obnoxiously and insultingly taking the people for granted, to achieve “the money’s” goal of always “more” for them. Because the Republican Party’s actions clearly show that their rhetoric is always just subterfuge to put over their self-serving pursuit of their political ambitions, at any cost to the people. Because they don’t want to return to “more of the same”, Bush-Cheney style, that can only result in “more of the same” and again just cost the majority greatly. And maybe just because they are part of the 99% and not the 1%, ... and then very possibly just because they want to vote their conscience!

    November 2, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. linda jean

    Someone "nose" is GROWING and its not planted by the rivers of waters! Don't Mr. Romney know that even a child knows the story is not true! We stand with you Mr. President! Lindajean

    November 2, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    I'm VOTING for the PRESIDENT! All ROMNEY has done is LIE and thrown big MONEY at his LIES! Vote all Dem. and let's get this country moving forward like it could have been if it wasn't for the SHAMELESS Repubteas.
    OBAMA 2012!

    November 2, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. UBS, WILLARD & 4000+ AMERICAN AMNESTY DEAL

    I'm not voting for a man who hid his money in Union Bank of Switzerland(UBS) to avoid paying American taxes. Nor can I vote for a man who lies willingly & knowingly in order to decieve and scare up votes. I can't vote for a man who signed onto Grover Norquist's pledge not to raise taxes. That makes you a TRAITOR in my eyes. Also, you can't get my vote when you have no frickin clue about foreign policy or who ourbiggest geo-political foe is. Enjoy your retirement in the Cayman Islands Willard. Look, if you want to President so bad, how about you buy a small island and make yourself President. You can call it the United Haven of Tax Cheats.

    November 2, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Romney can't even carry his own state , what else needs to be said .

    I like cars , I like all the trees the same size ?

    November 2, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Donkey Party

    Witnessing Romney lie repeatedly is sickening, desperate, and pathetic. Seeing the lies from the right-wing knuckle-draggers here on the Ticker is just funny. Let them whine and wallow in their own ignorance, illiteracy, and racism. Nothing more than sub-humans is all right-wingers are, a disease to society.

    November 2, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. kevin

    4 more years! I will vote for our President!

    November 2, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Tony Magoulas

    Best election year quote: "I'm Mitt Romney and I approve this lie."

    November 2, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Marty, FL

    Pants-on-fire Romney got caught in his lies again from welfare, to lying about our Navy, to Jeep lies that even Chrysler had to correct Romney's desperate dishonesty.

    Please look up Romney's "pants-on-fire" file on Politifact. Shameful and not presidential.

    November 2, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. TEAPARTY MIKE

    Actually Obama is the one lying. The Romney ad says that Chrysler is opeing up a plant in China to make Jeeps. This is true, go look it up. The Romney add does not say Chrysler is moving current jobs to China. Go look up the add and watch it. The ad is true. Obama is lying, any American workers who are afraid of losing their job must be listening to the Obama lie, and not the Romney ad. On the other hand one has to ask why not create the new jobs in the US? But again the ad does not say there is any threat to existing US jobs making Jeeps. CNN should provide a link to the ad so readers can see for themselves who is lying.

    November 2, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Wake up People!

    So what's with the headline? Obama TRIES to run over Romney claims???

    Didn't Jeep come out and say it wasn't true?? Typical. 4 more days and I'm through with cnn aka FOX lite.

    OBAMA 2012!

    November 2, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. MaryM

    Romney has already lost this election. Romney knows it and the repubs know it. Just look at the electorial map.
    Just pack it up a go home Romney or go visit Bush and your money in the caymen islands

    November 2, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. 5 MORE days until Obama is RE-ELECTED !!

    Where's those taxes candidate Romney??? Hiding the profit made from the GM bankruptcy? This is yet another example of how the Twit will say whatever you want to hear to nake the sale. ANYONE voting for this person deserves everything they get. The man has no scruples, no platform (it changes based on the audience), no fact-checking and no chance in this election. Time to get rid of the REPUGS America, and here's why !

    omneys own words have been his own enemy throughout this entire circus of a GOP campaign.

    "I was not responsible for what happened at Bain Capital after I left" – Mitt Romney
    "I was the sole shareholder, sole Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer and President of Bain until I resigned retroactively [huh?] in 2001" – Mitt Romney

    "The Arizona immigration policy is a good model" – Mitt Romney
    "I didn't really support the Arizona immigration policy" – Mitt Romney

    “The Massachusetts healthcare plan should be a model for the nation” – Mitt Romney
    “Healthcare reform should be left to the states” – Mitt Romney

    "Let Detroit go bankrupt" -Mitt Romney
    "I'll take a lot of credit for saving the auto industry" -Mitt Romney

    “I believe Roe v Wade has gone too far.” – Mitt Romney
    “Roe v Wade has been the law for 20 years ... we should sustain and support it.” – Mitt Romney

    “I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.” – Mitt Romney
    “I never really called myself pro-choice.” – Mitt Romney

    “It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.” – Mitt Romney
    “I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and represent our country there.” – Mitt Romney

    “I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.” – Mitt Romney
    “Ronald Reagan is … my hero.” – Mitt Romney

    “I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation.” – Mitt Romney
    "There’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.” – Mitt Romney

    “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” – Mitt Romney
    “I did not see it with my own eyes.” – Mitt Romney

    “I would like to have campaign spending limits.” – Mitt Romney
    “The American people should be free to advocate for their candidates without burdensome limitations.” – Mitt Romney

    “I supported the assault weapon ban.” – Mitt Romney
    "I don’t support any gun control legislation.” – Mitt Romney

    November 2, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. linda

    Romney has nothing but lies to run on....he can't swing voters to his side with this record so he is using every desperate lie he can find to use against Obama......I will vote for Obama to have another 4 years before I will ever vote for a lying, tax cheat......the Republicans will have to work these next 4 years with Obama if they ever HOPE to have a chance at the White House again and stop being the stonewalling bunch of NO NO NO Party to everything.....and they will have to clean up their party and get rid of the extremist like Bachman, Akins, Limbaugh, Trump, Palin, and the bunch of right wing religious nuts they have been catering too.....

    November 2, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Russ in Md

    Claudia, Houston, Tx "We all know what "stranger danger" is, well Romney wants your vote and after he's elected he'll tell you what his plan is. It's important that Romney reveals his plan before we trust him with our vote and not later."

    Romney has a 5 point plan that the details need to be worked out in the congress on a bi-partisan bases. Now tell me what Obozo’s plan is besides raise taxes and waist more money.

    November 2, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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