Romney Ratchets Up Auto Industry Myth: Radio Ad Claims Obama ‘Saved’ Auto Industry For China

Mitt Romney’s campaign has received a lot of negative attention for running utterly untrue television ads in Ohio that claim Chrysler is moving all of its Jeep production overseas. But that’s not stopping the candidate from making a made-for-radio version of the advertisement, repeating many of the same blatant falsehoods.

The highly dubious claims in the ad have been widely debunked. Even the CEO of Chrysler was forced to clarify any confusion wrought by the ads, writing in an email to employees, “Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China… It is inaccurate to suggest anything different.” But Romney, whose campaign has had a penchant for disregarding the truth when it’s politically inconvenient, is running the ads anyway — even going so far as to suggest the auto rescue helped China:

Barack Obama says he saved the auto industry, but for who? Ohio, or China? Under President Obama, GM cut 15,000 American jobs, but they’re planning to double the number of cars built in China, which means 15,000 more jobs for China. And now comes word that Chrysler plans to start making Jeeps in — you guessed it — China. What happened to the promises made to auto workers in Toledo and throughout Ohio, the same hardworking men and women who were told Obama’s auto bailout would help them? Mitt Romney grew up in the auto industry… Mitt Romney: He’ll stand up for the auto industry. In Ohio, not China.

The three major auto companies — GM, Ford, and Chrysler — had significant increases in sales after the auto rescue, and it’s estimated that 1.3 million jobs were saved from the measure. Even prominent Republicans have contradicted Romney’s claims regarding the rescue.

The ad’s misleading claims have already had some negative consequences for Romney: A group of auto workers called their union heads in panic after hearing the claims, fearing that they’d been fired without knowing it.


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