Romney Ohio ad hits Obama over auto bailout
August 1st, 2012
05:30 AM ET
9 years ago

Romney Ohio ad hits Obama over auto bailout

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign released a new television ad Wednesday which criticized President Barack Obama over the auto bailout.

The spot, titled “Dream,” features Al Zarzour, a car dealership owner from Lyndhurst, Ohio, saying that under the bailout measure, "the dream... that we worked so hard for, was gone."

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"I received a letter from General Motors. They were suspending my credit line. We had 30-some employees that were out of work," he says in the spot.

Romney has argued the bailout was not the best solution to right the then-struggling auto industry, and has instead argued that a "managed bankruptcy" process would have been preferable. That is what ultimately happened, he has said.

Romney's campaign did not say where the ad would air nor how much would be behind the spot.

Obama's campaign has also aired advertisements centered around the bailout, including one in which an autoworker explains how the bailout helped him.

"Obama stuck his neck out for us, the auto industry. He wasn't gonna let it just die, and I'm driving in this morning because of that, because of him," Brian Slagle of Ohio says.

Romney's campaign also on Wednesday released a web video hammering Obama over unemployment.

The video cites the unemployment rate, job losses, and household income under Obama's tenure, and says, "Americans need a change. We need a new president."

Obama's campaign responded to the ad, saying the ad was proof that Romney's campaign "will say anything."

"Let’s get this straight – the very person who argued for the US auto industry to go bankrupt, something that would have caused more than a million jobs lost and utter economic devastation in the midwest, is now trying to attack the President on how it was handled? This ad in Ohio is a new low for the Romney campaign, and instead of trying to deceive Ohioans they should get their facts straight because there are now 2,200 more Ohioans employed in dealerships than when the President took office," Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith said in a statement. "While the President was busy saving the US auto industry – which has 1 in 8 Ohio jobs tied to it – Mitt Romney was busy arguing that we should turn our backs on an iconic industry and the workers in Ohio. The Romney campaign will say anything in this election, and this ad is proof positive of that."

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Romney is a fraud !

    Romney is starting to look like an amateur ! Going after the Auto bailout is dumb move by him ! The auto bail out saved an American industry and worked exactly as it was designed to ! BTW Romney's idea of managed bankruptcy is shipping job's overseas ! After that Awkward foreign trip and other mishaps including this one , I can't see him even coming close to President Obama !

    August 1, 2012 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  2. Roy

    We must unite against the GOP they have literally taken our money from our children’s mouth's they are for the 1% only they do not care for the rest of us the hard workers. they say only small business's create jobs and the big corporations haven’t done anything to boost our economy while posting huge profits. why? the GOP is in their back pocket's. why should they get a tax break? while the only people who are getting hurt is the 99% think about it. no more GOP. Vote them out in November or you will be poor.

    August 1, 2012 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  3. Alex

    How could you possibly hit Obama over the auto bailout? What would the argument be? Obama is a "failure" because he saved Americas auto industry from collapse? I, Mitt Romney, would have allowed them to go backrupt while losing thousands of jobs along with this decision. Vote for me, Mitt Romney.

    August 1, 2012 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  4. n

    Romney has the audacity to lie in our faces each and everyday and that he has a new set of rules, his rules, and that we shell answer to him and not he answering to the American people. Romney seem to do this without any fear of repercussions. He goes abroad to escape the issues and prove that he is presidential and can hang with the big dogs. total disaster. He puts The president foreign policy down and then, while in Israel, takes the same stance this presidents have been advocating for years but Romney thinks just because he is talking loud, we won't catch it. America, how disrespectful is that. He is saying to the American people, yes, to you and to me, that we are of the dumbest kind.

    August 1, 2012 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  5. Terrance Kozak

    And don't forget that Keystone Oil Project that would have brought in 1.7 million barrels of oil a day to the USA as well as jons for hundreds of Americans that the Canadian government wanted to give to help in the project. Thank Obama for saying no the next time you see the prices at the pumps. But without high gas prices, who would want a green car?

    August 1, 2012 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Let's see, the automobile industry in Detroit is doing better and selling more cars than some foreign cars. Thousands kept their jobs. All of this while the twit bully bishop told Detroit (his own birth state because as we all know he also feels that MA and UT!! are his states, let's add NH) to go bankrupt themselves. Even his company which he is trying to distance himself from said that it was a good idea and now he comes up with this?
    "Romney has argued the bailout was not the best solution to right the then-struggling auto industry, and has instead argued that a "managed bankruptcy" One car dealership is all they have? Maybe we need to look more closely as to why but that would be the right thing to do so the flip flopping kiss my behind campaign is not gong to do it.

    August 1, 2012 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  7. amlcpamaine

    Romney will continue this quest of paying off just about anybody to say just about anything. Sure, he would've done something different than the president did, but what he WON'T say is that his actions would've benefited a handful of billionaires rather than thousands of working families. There's no easy answer but there's a clear message: the politics of billionaires – already run under Bush – were an utter failure for the economy overall. And Romney can apply expensive lipstick to that pig but we're not buying it again.

    August 1, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  8. Yonni

    Everyone knows Mitten is dishonest man is he inept too. What happen about “Let Detroit bankrupt”? is this another Etch A Sketch moment for Mitt. Way to go Mitt, how many uninformed people are left in the state of Ohio for this to work?

    August 1, 2012 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  9. johnmenacherjr

    The Mormon Bishop strikes again and man is this one getting old. So how many strings does Grover Norquist control this his most major puppet with? The bailout crap is old. It worked for the auto industry, One of the very few things not wrecked by the "Norquist Job Creators". The bailout is just getting really OLD! get over it Grover. You cant pay the bills without revenue stupid.

    August 1, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  10. Reynald

    You've got to be kidding. "We had 30-some employees that were out of work". How many jobs were saved? This ad is just ridiculous.

    August 1, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  11. Milton K. Wiah

    Yes there is a need for a new president when things are not going good. But who is this new president?
    Surely is not you Mitt Romney. It is Obama. He inherited huge problems which were made in 8 years and
    no body expects that to be solved in 3 years.
    By the way, as a man who would not show his tax cheat return to the American people how would you
    expect them to trust you to do anything for them

    August 1, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  12. Independent jim

    we dont need a new president we need a new congress controled by the American people not Corporations and the top 1% with out the Auto Industry bail out we the people would not have a chance for employment

    August 1, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  13. jacklynd

    And who helped close factories in Ohio instead of modernizing and retooling them? Who made hundreds of millions from borrowing against account receivables and assets, declaring bankruptcy, selling off the equipment and real estate, demolishing pension fundsand benefits? Just how stupid does Romney think Amerixans are? Ohio has taken the brunt of abuse from men like Romney.

    August 1, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  14. Wake up people

    Many dealerships closed, but many remained open along with many factories. The bailout saved many jobs. Is Willard saying it wasn't a good idea? Maybe he should talk to more than one dealership.

    Deflect if you will Mittens, but you still haven't done what the people asked. The same thing every other Presidential candidate has done, including President Obama and starting with your father. Show us the taxes Willard. Just who do you think you are??

    OBAMA 2012

    August 1, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Bankruptcy usually involves capital coming from some place. In this case, it came from the US government and taxpayers. It makes sense to me because it would have left many taxpayers without jobs.

    August 1, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  16. dreucalypt

    The Romney campaign: the best lies Oil money can pay for.

    August 1, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  17. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    obama wants government control of all your money, your life, what you eat and what your kids do, the revolution is soon, prepare, November is close, it is time for Patriots and Real Americans to understand that your life is over if obama wins.


    August 1, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  18. Namechuck

    What will the republicans do next

    August 1, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  19. tangledthorns

    Fact: Obama bailed out the auto unions, not auto companies.

    August 1, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  20. true blue

    So we will take the word of one person that the bailout was bad, we put people back to work, we saved homes, we saved families, we saved units, we saved towns, we saved states, we saved American. The President had so much to deal with from day, obstruction has played a ugly role in his first term but it will not take place in the second this country will wake-up and wipe away ugly and the greed that the republicans put on this great nation. Lets stand up a fight for our COUNTRY the right way with love, respect and honor.

    August 1, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |