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Romney’s Jeep Claim Called “False” in New Obama Ad

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I don’t envy Ohio voters. Their state is the lynchpin of both Barack Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s campaign strategy, and I can’t imagine a commercial break goes by without at least one message from each of those candidates. Since Ohio is also part of the rust belt, the debate over the economy and job creation is even more relevant in that state.

This week, Romney and Obama have competing ads about whether a statement Romney made about Jeep outsourcing jobs to China is true. Romney has been battling the Obama campaign’s strategy of portraying him as a fibber since the first debate. The ad below is the Romney campaign’s attempt to justify the candidate’s Jeep statement.

Unfortunately, that ad misleadingly quotes the Bloomberg article it cites. The article actually states that Jeep plans to add production sites in China, rather than shift them from the U.S. Romney’s claim about Jeep jobs was worrying enough that Chrysler issued a statement disavowing Romney’s claim. From the statement:

Despite clear and accurate reporting, the take 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.

Let’s set the record straight: Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China. It’s simply reviewing the opportunities to return Jeep output to China for the world’s largest auto market. U.S. Jeep assembly lines will continue to stay in operation. A careful and unbiased reading of the Bloomberg take would have saved unnecessary fantasies and extravagant comments.

The Obama campaign has jumped at the chance to once again call Romney out for what it sees as a lie. Their new Ohio ad, seen below, attacks Romney for his statement and claims that Jeep is actually adding jobs in the U.S.

Hang in there Ohio. There’s only one week left, and then the Budweiser and Old Spice commercials will be back.

Romney’s Jeep Claim Called “False” in New Obama Ad
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  • Calvin

    Chrysler brands are Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Fiat. None of them are made in China
    I own a 1992 Jeep and it is one of the best vehicles I have owned. It was made in America just like all the Jeeps before and after. I work for Chrysler so what follows is a true timeline on how Chrysler got to where it is now with profits up 80% since last year. In 1987, Chrysler acquired the American Motors Corporation (AMC). AMC was the fourth largest U.S. automaker and the takeover put the Jeep brand into Chrysler ownership, and the two brands within AMC are the AMC brand and the Jeep Brand.
    In 1998 Daimler-Benz and Chrysler agree to combine their businesses in a “merger of equals” forming DaimlerChrysler AG (aka Chrysler Group in the U.S.)
    May 27, 2007, DaimlerChrysler sold Chrysler Group to a private equity firm, Cerberus Capital Management, LP, hence becoming Chrysler LLC.
    After severe market conditions forced Chrysler into bankruptcy in 2009,
    Chrysler forms an alliance with FIAT SpA and emerges from bankruptcy in just weeks-and astounding achievement. The new Chrysler Group LLC formed from that alliance is stronger, more efficient, and better positioned to survive in a rapidly changing automotive marketplace.
    If people would do proper research before they open their mouths, they wouldn’t come out looking like liars and ignorant.

  • http://yahoo don

    It amazes me how many Republicans are willing to support Romney’s obvious lies like this blatant misquotation about moving Jeep to China. Even when Chrysler itself goes out of it’s way to confirm that Romney is 100% WRONG about this the Republicans are still all over the place telling people to believe Romney’s lies.

    Romney DID NOT SUPPORT the government loan to the auto industry. Without it most of our auto JOBS WOULD BE IN CHINA RIGHT NOW. Obama SUPPORTED the government loan to the auto industry and that is why those JOBS ARE STILL HERE.

    I hope any unbiased and reasonable people out there reading this are willing and able to distinguish between facts and lies. The Republicans and their surrogates are counting on people not understanding when they are being lied to. If regular Republicans would stop supporting the lies of candidates like Romney and the lies of entities like Fox News or Limbaugh, the Republican party would begin to be a more respectable choice, as it was 40-50+ years ago.

  • Jason

    So basically, there is not one lie in this ad. Romney didn’t say anything in the ad about closing jobs here and moving them to china. This is no different than Obama saying he created 5 million jobs. Why leave off the 4 million jobs lost during the same time frame? So only a net gain of 1 million jobs which is not very impressive. All politicians distort the facts. Grow up people.

    The truth is that Chrysler could build the vehicles here and we could export the vehicles to China and create jobs here like we should be. However, in the real world that is probably not economically feasible since the vehicle would probably cost more money than the Chinese would be willing to pay and the program would be a big bust.

    PS. My job figures are only an example, I did not intend them to be accurate. I was just making a point on how ALL politicians use facts that support there agendas, including Obama.