Second Obama ad responds to Romney auto charge
November 1st, 2012
03:06 PM ET
10 years ago

Second Obama ad responds to Romney auto charge

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's campaign is again responding to the claims leveled in an auto-themed ad by GOP nominee Mitt Romney with their own ad.

On Monday, Team Obama released a spot pushing back at the Romney spot, which was not announced by the Romney campaign but appeared on Ohio airwaves over the weekend and says, "Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China."

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The Obama campaign has argued Romney's spot is inaccurate and pointed to statements on Chrysler's website. The parent company of Jeep, Chrysler has said it plans to produce Jeeps in China to expand its sales within that country.

In the Obama spot, the narrator says, "We know the truth, Mitt," and shows video of the GOP candidate repeating the title of a 2008 op-ed he wrote on the auto bailout, "Let Detroit go bankrupt."

Romney argued a managed bankruptcy process and privately funded capital should have been used to stabilize the automakers, rather than federal bailout loans.

Sergio Marchionne, the chairman of Fiat, which owns Chrysler, said in a Monday online posting, "Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China."

Before the Romney ad released, the company's top spokesman blasted the charge saying in a separate posting that while the news article the campaign cited was clear it "has given birth to a number of stories making readers believe that Chrysler plans to shift all Jeep production to China from North America, and therefore idle assembly lines and U.S. workforce. It is a leap that would be difficult even for professional circus acrobats."

A spokesman for General Motors called the Romney ad "cynical campaign politics at its worst." Obama's campaign titled their latest ad "Cynical."

Obama's campaign has insisted Romney's ad is a sign his campaign sees trouble in Ohio, and convened a conference call with reporters on Thursday to send the message.

"What we've seen in this last week from Mitt Romney is a desperate act by a desperate man, a dishonest end to a dishonest campaign," former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said on the call. "Governor Romney knows Ohio is slipping further and further away and with that are his hopes for winning the White House."

"Desperate" was the word Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg used on Tuesday in response to the first Obama auto ad. Spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said the Obama campaign was making "desperate arguments."

In response to the Thursday ad, she said, "President Obama can't run from the facts. As a result of his handling of the auto bailout, American taxpayers stand to lose $25 billion and GM and Chrysler are expanding their production overseas. Unlike President Obama, Mitt Romney has a comprehensive plan to revive manufacturing, create millions of good-paying jobs, and deliver real change and a real recovery."

The Obama campaign has said the ad will run in Michigan and Ohio - two states where the auto industry is a significant portion of the economy - although it declined to give more specifics. The pro-Romney super PAC recently went up on Michigan TV with an ad spot, prompting Obama's team to respond with their own buy.

Obama is also scheduled to speak at several campaign events on Friday and will likely mention the Romney ad, auto bailout and jobs numbers then.

While Ohio is a toss up state on the CNN Electoral Map and key for both candidates, Michigan and its 16 electoral votes is considered to be leaning in Obama's favor. Two polls out Wednesday showed Obama with an advantage in Michigan as well.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Who you going to believe the proven lier and tax cheat romney the failed one term govenor who couldn't get realected in the state of Massachusetts and is loseing by 31points there as of yesterday or Obama and the car executives who saved your jobs and gave you unemployment benifits that Ryan and the gop trash voted againest !!!!!!

    November 1, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. ONLY 5 more days until Obama is RE-ELECTED

    Like the Twit's campaign has had ANY substance at all.. Cynicism, abject lying, misdirection, half-truths and racism are all halmarks of today's opposition party. Vote them all out!! OBAMA 2012 !!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Critical Thinking

    If auto unions dont' wake up, all cars will be made in China.

    November 1, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. LocalVokal

    Why would anybody vote for someone who lies so much? Even when the lie has been proven to be false (i.e. "Obama's gutting the work requirement", "GM is moving production to China","Obama's taking 716 billion from medicare","I never asked for a $5 trillion tax cut", etc...), he repeats them over and over. He really believes we're all stupid. Sadly, the fact that the polls are as close as they are, proves that he's half right.

    November 1, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Mitt the twit was all FALSE AND NOSENSE. Obama12.

    November 1, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. The REAL Truth...

    It's not as if the Republican candidate is noted for being firm on any subject, except making $$

    November 1, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. My name is Hugo Chavez and I endorse my fellow leftist Barack Obama, Forward to SOCIALISM!

    I was so glad to see my comrade Obama take over these cars companies, and then the healthcare of many Americans. He shows the signs of becoming a truly great socialist. Please give him another 4 years so that he can prove his greatness with even bigger corporate takeovers. Remember, socialism good, companies and all their jobs bad. Comrade Obama knows what is best for you. Trust him.

    November 1, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. callmecrazy

    Being in Ohio I plan on making as many people aware of these shenanigans as possible. This is an act of desperation and shows the low character of Mitt Romney. It shows that he has no respect for the 47% that he didn't used to worry about.

    November 1, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. incredulous

    Romney has told a lot of lies but this will go down in history as one of the biggest.

    November 1, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. The Situation

    I guess Loose Tongue Mitts is going to try and say that the Democrats are misinterputing what he said, even though it came off of his loose tongue!

    Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Mitts, your time and your lies are running out!

    November 1, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. luvUamerica

    I just don't understand why people still support Romney. The guy lies blatantly and gets away with it. Reason Nixon got into serious trouble and got impeached was because he lied. Reason Bill Clinton got impeached was not because of the cigor or blowob, but because he lied about it. reason GW Bush got us into an unneccesary war which caused thousands of young American soldiers their lives was because Bush lied. Now we have a guy running for office who does nothing but lie. Are we seeting ourselves up for something realy, really bad.

    And the media seems to love it. They do not seem to look at why does Romney lie. Will he get us into another war by just making stuff up. I just don't get it. We teach out kids to be honest, and when it is ok for a potential leader of the country to just simply lie and get away with it, it is a truly amazing thing to witness. Sad part is most of Romney's supporters are all old white men. I wonder why?

    November 1, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. LIP

    You can repeat a lie as often as you want and it still doesn't make it true. Fact check already weighed in and said Romney did say what he said the night of the debate, so who is telling the truth here?

    November 1, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Ambrose Smith

    Romney is desperate and time is running out. So glad that his wifey said that if he loses it will be his last campaign.

    November 1, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. GM had to counter Romney's claim. Enough of Romney. I'm voting Obama.

    GM had to say Romney made it up. Romney threw GM under the bus. Enough of Romney. I'm voting for Obama.

    November 1, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Overby

    Both GM and Chrysler ultimately went into bankruptcy, just as Romney said they should, and any thinking person would say. Neither has paid us back our tax dollars. And, Chrysler is now owned by Italian company, Fiat. You'd have to be pretty nuts to think Obama 'saved' the auto industry and helped out America in any way. Gee, no wonder GM and Chrysler are praising the fools that gave them all that money...anyone would say they were saved if they were handed over tens of billions of dollars.

    November 1, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. 2020

    How can anyone in this country vote for Romney, a man of forever change, big changes, from right to left, from heaven to hell, he doesn't know who he is, what he belive, just copy paste whatever donor tells him that day.

    Auto rescue is Romney's Waterloo. He tried to get out of the mess he created. He has no one to blame except himself.

    Pack up and leave, Romney, Cayman islands suit you better. Lots of fox holes there.

    November 1, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Alina

    For the auto industry, increasing production overseas has no effect on domestic production. It just means we're selling more American cars overseas. Mass-produced cars are traditionally produced where they are sold, and people are aware of that. Just today Toyota is celebrating producing it's 25 millionth car in the US, because there is a huge market for Toyota in the US, just like more American cars are being produced overseas because sales are increasing there.

    If Romney believed his own accusations about the auto industry that would mean he knew less about business than the average kindergartner, which is obviously not the case. There's something really disturbing about how he clearly assumes the rest of us are a bunch of complete morons.

    Along with cynical, it's condescending and seriously irks me.

    November 1, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    I've never trusted romney, and in the last few months he's proven over and over again why I was correct to not trust him.

    Open your eyes, people. THINK.

    November 1, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Arun

    The repubes and Romney can't run on their records so they have to turn to lieing!!!

    November 1, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. walleye46

    It was great to see our POTUS put his arm around Christie and offer all the help available to NJ. Last night I watched HANNITY out of curiosity to see if this visit would be mentioned. SURPRISE SURPRISE this visit was NEVER MENTIONED even once. All they talked about was Benghazi blah blah blah. Made me sick to my stomach watching these bigots. If Romney were President and wiped out FEMA like he said he would do, who would have helped these folks in the N.E. ?

    November 1, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. No Likey Romney

    Can you believe the desperation of hese righties – trying to link him with Chavez now. LOL! They're sore losers and the President hasn't even won the re-election yet. I have never seen anyone lie as much and speak out of both sides of his mouth as much as Mitt Romney, who still hasn't released all his tax returns like his own father did when he ran. Mitt stinks to high heaven. But the real enemy is Republican fascism. Keep it away by voting D across the board. Corporations are not people my friend. Do they vote? No. Do they die for our country in war? No, but Mitt avoided service by going on some Mormon mission in France, riding bikes and laughing it up while others his age were dying in Viet Nam – a war he supported. Not even one of his five sons would serve their country. Now he buys supplies for Sand relief that have not been asked for; they need money, Mitt, not crap from Walmart.

    November 1, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. DP SMH

    Mitt Romney is horrible. My God!!! If he was connect to lie detector test those ink PINS for data will be writing out the LIAR!!!! Where do he come up with these things. TRASH!!!

    November 1, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. St. James Place


    Please tell how many American jobs did you send to China. You seem to have experience exporting jobs. How many jobs have you imported to the USA.

    November 1, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. truth hurts

    walleye46 - It was great to see our POTUS put his arm around Christie
    I think we ALL know this to be a very bad lie, or at least a very bad joke.

    November 1, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Barak Lincoln

    Romney is Right! He's the one that if elected will Ship Jeep, Caddliac and all the other American made cars to China fold up the companies and take the money, He'lll have his picture on the new $3 bill

    November 1, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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