Romney ad pushes back on auto bailout attacks
October 28th, 2012
09:14 AM ET
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Romney ad pushes back on auto bailout attacks

(CNN) – An ad airing in Ohio from Mitt Romney's campaign tries to dull some of the blows coming from President Barack Obama on Romney's stance on the auto bailout.

The spot claims Romney would be a better advocate than Obama for the American auto industry if he's elected president.

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"Who will do more for the auto industry? Not Barack Obama," a narrator says. "Fact checkers confirm his attacks on Mitt Romney are false. The truth? Mitt Romney has a plan to help the auto industry. He's supported by Lee Iacocca and the Detroit News."

The narrator then moves to lines of attack that Romney's used on the stump, saying, "Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China. Mitt Romney will fight for every American job."

The ad, which the ad tracker CMAG recorded airing in the Toledo market on Saturday morning, comes as polls in Ohio show a closely fought race. A CNN/ORC poll released Friday showed Obama holding a 4-point advantage over Romney in the contest for Ohio's much-fought over 18 electoral votes.

Obama's most potent criticism of Romney in Ohio has been his attacks on Romney's stance on the auto bailout, a program that began on former President George W. Bush's watch. Romney penned an op-ed in The New York Times in 2008 predicting that a government bailout of the Big Three American automakers would "virtually" guarantee the "demise" of the industry.

In the 2008 piece, Romney said the money needed to keep General Motors and Chrysler Group alive during bankruptcy should have come from the private sector, with the government providing only "guarantees for post-bankruptcy financing."

The problem was that there was no one other than the government available to write checks for the automakers in late 2008 and early 2009.

As for the claim that Chrysler was preparing to move production of Jeeps overseas, a spokesman for the company had earlier emphatically denied that report.

"Let's set the record straight: Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China," Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Gualberto Ranieri wrote on Chrysler's blog.

Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for Obama's campaign, said the new Romney ad "is a sure sign that he knows he's in trouble in Ohio."

"When the American auto industry and a million workers' jobs were on the line, Mitt Romney turned his back. Now he's pretending it never happened and is trying to scare Ohioans by repeating a blatant falsehood that Chrysler is moving its Jeep operations to China."

She continued, "Mitt Romney might be willing to do anything to close the deal, but Ohioans know where he stood when it mattered most and won't be fooled by his dishonest ads in the final days of this campaign."

CNN's Rachel Streitfeld and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Auto Bailout • Mitt Romney • Ohio
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. 1608

    Mitt before you say anything else, you should do a self fact check first.

    October 28, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. ronb

    You mean like he's advocated for universal healthcare??! LOL. Willard is a joke.

    October 28, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Expat American

    If Adelson and the Koch brothers were auto workers, Romney would care about autoworkers.

    Romney and the Republicans don't care about the middle class. Should he win, those middle class people who have fallen for the GOP propaganda are in for a nasty surprise.

    Which is why, should Romney win, perhaps only Romney voters should suffer as a result of the return to Bush era policies.

    October 28, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. joe

    mittens can push all he wants . Ive heard him say he saved the auto industry. The man is a lier plan and simple. Read post pertaing to rubios kid all comments nice the ones on Harry Reid . Nasty. So tell me which party is negitive?? Being truthfull and calling someone on being a flip flopper is not negitive. Asking to see tax returnes is not negitive. Wondering why mittens is investing in china is not negitive. He does these things he needs to get over it. No one has called him a retard or questioned his grades or birth certificate. People in his party ask these questions of the president and I don't see mitt telling them to stop.His own kid wanted to hit the president but thats ok I guess. The man has no moral compass and neither does his vp choice . Forward.

    October 28, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Anonymous


    Again Romney blatantly lying in a TV ad?

    What is really disgusting is that local media insists on running these ads knowing full well the ads are filled with lies. Some might call it perpetuating media propaganda at it's worst. I know I do.

    October 28, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Jeep is adding jobs in U.S. and may open a separate plant in China to sell Jeep there.

    I corrected it for you lying Mitt. That will be $1 Million advisory fee.

    October 28, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. WhereIsPalin

    Anyone but Obama?? Be careful what you ask for.

    RYAN / romney 2012........We guarantee your choice would be Ford or foreign

    October 28, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Expat American

    Is Ryan going to drive his Chinese-made Jeep to his next hunting trip????

    October 28, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Pete

    Why doesn't the president tell voters how Romney and wife sold GM Delphi to a hedgefund firm that deals in overseas acquisitions and how it cost over 25,000 union workers their jobs,pensions and healthcare plans.Delphi is now Chinese and Romney almost single handedly destroyed Detroit and Ohios auto industry with this deal because all the auto industry uses Delphi electronics in parts of their cars.Romney lying again Jeep is going to China because in his dreams he'd love that and the Jeep CEO coming out and saying its not only false but they're hiring thousands more!November 7 th can't come quick enough to shut this Mormon morons mouth up for good,it may not be a McCain type landslide but a President Obama win is certain for sure!!

    October 28, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. carlos

    the vampire willard and ayn ryand are for sure not legitimate human beings.....

    October 28, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. g

    if romney and rove/koch had their way like every thing else, cars would all be made in communist china

    October 28, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. carlos

    tagg romney is part owner of a company that makes voting machines and there are reports that they can be easily manipulated......corrupt voting results you ask?, you can bet on that.....

    October 28, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. TSki

    Romney's message to voters about privatizing Social Security and Medicare: Don't worry the private sector will take care of you.

    Romney's message to workers: Don't worry about your union benefits, your pension plan, government Social Security, Medicare and the Emergency Room will be there for you.

    Something has got to give.

    October 28, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Romney was calling for private capital to do this bankruptcy when there wasn't any. This is an important point. Without the governmental money, GM and Chrysler would have failed.

    October 28, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. manhandler

    I pay close attention to these elections and NEVER in all my 67 years have I ever witnessed a Presidential candidate blantantly lie like this pathetic man. If perverication was a criminal offense, this man would be locked up for the rest of his life. The problem, of course is that a good portion of voters never bother to keep themselves informed. I think this flip flopping, pandering creep will lose this election, But I caution myself knowing not to ever underestimate the raging stupidity of the American electorate. After all...these are the mostly the same people that elected "W".......twice...... prompting Eueopean newspapers to headline "how could American voters be so stupid." Indeed.

    October 28, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Marley

    The Mormon Draft Dodger said earlier this year: we will not let FACT-CHECKERs dictate our campaign

    Now in desperation, they are claiming FACT-CHECKERs support them! LMAO

    October 28, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Kathleen Isaacson

    What do you mean Where is Palin? Yes–she would be much better for us! NOT!!!!!!

    October 28, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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