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You lie! about jeep jobs to China

October 30, 2012

From Daily Kos (10/30):

Everybody knows Mitt Romney is lying about his false claim that Jeep is shipping American jobs to China. Even the traditional media calls it a lie: The Washington Post gives it four Pinocchios and PolitiFact says it’s a Pants-on-Fire whopper.

So what does Mitt Romney do?

A Dem source familiar with ad buy info tells me that the Romney campaign has now put a version of the spot on the radio in Toledo, Ohio — the site of a Jeep plant. The buy is roughly $100,000, the source says.The move seems to confirm that the Romney campaign is making the Jeep-to-China falsehood central to its final push to turn things around in the state.

So this must be what Mitt Romney and his campaign are thinking: “Sure, we’re not telling the truth, but to win this election we need to win Ohio, and if we can get enough people to believe that we’re being honest, we might have a shot.” The Obama campaign is aggressively pushing back against Romney’s lie and so is Ohio media. The question now is whether Ohio voters will reward Romney for placing his bet on the power of deception.

Here’s the script for the ad. It’s an outrageous deception.

[later in the day:]  Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, has sent an email to employees, to assure them that  “Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China.”  He points out that “U.S. production of our Jeep models has nearly tripled” since 2009, and he then states that:

  • We will invest more than $1.7 billion to develop and produce the next generation Jeep SUV, the successor of the Jeep Liberty — including $500 million directly to tool and expand our Toledo Assembly Complex and will be adding about 1,100 jobs on a second shift by 2013.
  • At our Jefferson North Assembly Plant, where we build the Jeep Grand Cherokee, we have created 2,000 jobs since June 2009 and have invested more than $1.8 billion.
  • In Belvidere, where we build two Jeep models, we have added two shifts since 2009 resulting in an additional 2,600 jobs.

[Next day:]  It’s not just Chrysler. A radio ad for Mitt Romney includes General Motors in his campaign’s false claims that, because of President Barack Obama, American auto manufacturers will be moving jobs from the U.S. to China, and GM is not happy with Romney:

“At this stage, we’re looking at Hubble telescope-length distances between campaign ads and reality. GM’s creating jobs in the U.S. and repatriating profits back to this country should be a source of bipartisan pride,” GM spokesman Greg Martin said. “We’ve clearly entered some parallel universe during these last few days. No amount of campaign politics at its cynical worst will diminish our record of creating jobs in the U.S. and repatriating profits back to this country.”

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