Obama campaign unveils response to Romney auto ad
October 29th, 2012
04:29 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama campaign unveils response to Romney auto ad

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's campaign on Monday rolled out a response to a television advertisement quietly put on Ohio airwaves this weekend which levels a dubious charge against President Barack Obama.

Obama's ad opens with the headline to Romney's 2008 op-ed ("Let Detroit Go Bankrupt") and says the candidate "turned his back" on the auto industry when it was on the rocks.

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Romney opposed Obama's 2009 bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, saying it would lead to the industry's collapse and instead arguing for a "managed bankruptcy" model.

"And now, after Romney's false claim of Jeep outsourcing to China, Chrysler itself has refuted Romney's lie," the Obama spot continues. "The truth? Jeep is adding jobs in Ohio."

The Obama ad references an ad which began airing in Ohio on Saturday.

"Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China," the narrator says. Recent reports have said that the majority owner of Chrysler, Fiat, is considering producing its signature Jeep in China.

Chrysler Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Gualberto Ranieri refuted such reports, 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," wrote on blog.

The ad follows comments the GOP presidential candidate said in a Friday campaign stop in Defiance, Ohio, just down the street from a General Motors plant.

"I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers of this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China," he said.

Romney's ad makes no mention that the plan "to build Jeeps in China" would have little impact on Ohio, where the ad is running - as Jeep has planned an expansion into China's growing automobile market rather than a move to source production from there for export.

Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt told reporters in a Monday conference call that the Romney ad "reeks of desperation."

The Romney campaign did not highlight their ad with a press release to reporters, as they have with nearly 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.

This spot may be an effort to undercut Obama on an issue his campaign believes could tip the balance in their favor in Ohio: the 2009 bailout of the auto industry.

The government dolled out some $60 billion and has received at least $33 billion back so far.

On the campaign trail Monday, Biden slammed the Romney claim.

"Have they no shame?" Biden asked at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio. "Romney will say anything, absolutely anything to win, it seems."

Obama's campaign announced his spot, "Collapse," would run in Ohio, and an Obama campaign aide told CNN the spot will run in Toledo, although it is possible they will add more markets.

The Romney campaign said the Obama campaign was making "desperate arguments."

“It appears the Obama campaign is less concerned with engaging in a meaningful conversation about President Obama’s failed policies and more concerned with arguing against facts about their record they dislike,” Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in a statement.

- CNN's Gregory Wallace, Kevin Bohn, and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Auto Bailout • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. NoKidding

    I am disgusted with Romney as a person. Just as his company Bain Capital announced closing down its Sensata Technologies plant in IL and ship all their jobs to China, he stooped so low as to make up a lie about Jeep shipping jobs to China when that company itself had no plans to do so. Romney is a snake oil salesman, it is scary that he even has people believing his b.s.

    October 30, 2012 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  2. shindigg

    that's funny how mitt robbed me is so far gone, a complete pathological liar, that he actually believes his own lies...therefore he calls obama's rebutting of his blatant lies (which are frikkin' hard to keep up with) obama making desparate arguements mitt robbed me says...these nuts call telling the truth being desparate...

    October 30, 2012 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  3. Petra

    People of Ohio, don't be fooled by Mit Romney! Look at his record, just a few months ago not even Newt liked Romney. Check out what they said about Romney while they were all fighting like cats and dogs for the Republican nomination. That process revealed that Mit was wrong then for America and still is today!!
    Mit priding himself on his record as governor, ask the current MASS governor or better yet look at the Democratic convention when the MASS put Mit Romney on blast and said that he left MASS worst off than when he met it!! Listen for yourself and you determine who attack their opponent and then complains that they are being attack. Mit Romney is just all wrong!!

    October 30, 2012 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    OMG if Ohians cannot get the message that this guy Romney is not trustworthy and will do anything including lie to win, its very sad.
    His campaign even tries to deny what Chrysler itself says.
    Then Mr corporate unregulated free big and small business America tries to put the blame for a lie re corporate big free business Chryslers decision on the Obama administration.
    Hello everybody in Ohio, ( also elsewhere) those are not the charachteristics of someone I can vote for as President of our great nation.
    Do your job Ohians make sure Romney will not be president of the USA because he loses Ohio, as the media says is true.

    October 30, 2012 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  5. Larry

    One of his lies had to come home to roost. Unfortunately for him, it is occurring on the final week of the campaign when everyone is watching. Who knows it might snowball now with these comments and his comments on FEMA. This is most likely going to be an awful week for Romney

    October 30, 2012 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  6. PhoenixTom

    Dear Larry in Houston, I liked your comment: "obama isn't perfect, but he will at least tell you the truth". That was quite funny. Solyndra, Benghazi, Fast & Furious? Democrats, Republicans... they all lie. Wise up, cowboy.

    October 30, 2012 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  7. mishnu

    Romney is so like Nixon....he doesn't realize that this is another era.....Nixon said you can tell the American people anything and they'll believe it....Some people compare this election to that of Carter vs Reagan, it's more like Nixon vs McGovern....McGovern a very honorable man lost to a lying, manipulating, deceiver called Richard Nixon.

    Romney inherited from Nixon those traits Nixon used to win over George Romney's bid for RNC nominee for President in the early '70s.

    October 30, 2012 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  8. Frig

    What's really scary is that republicans on this board are still saying that GM is moving to China even though they've just said they're not. Doesn't matter how many times Romney lies, he's white and that's all that matters to some of these people.

    October 30, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  9. dano

    Mitt Romney, even if you win you will be such a terrible president that the republicans will lose even more of their power. Take my word for it, the republican has as much of a future as the horse and carriage

    October 30, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  10. Get Real

    If GM is doing SO WELL as they claim, then give all the retiress back all their pension and benefits that you cut as part of your reconstruction and re-open the plant in Moraine, OH.

    October 30, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  11. Bev

    and our president is not a liar? his whole campain is about what romney said or didn't say how about mr president we discuss your record as president went campaining instead of trying to help the poor people in libya how sad

    October 30, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  12. Avtar Singh

    Chrysler! You mean temporary jobs during the campaign only. What a deceitful campaign!

    October 30, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  13. Frank

    I would like to be president one day too. Henceforth I will start paying only 14% in taxes. Will someone please tell the IRS that it's OK, and if they have a problem with it to call Mitt?

    October 30, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  14. Norma Vessels

    I have a couple of friends that are voting for Mitt Romney. It's really odd .. they seem perfectly normal otherwise.

    October 30, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
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