Mitt Romney has a new ad running in Ohio
It must be effective as it has made the left is seething mad. Rachel Maddow went off the rails:
Late last week, Mitt Romney ran into a little trouble on one of his biggest vulnerabilities. Campaigning in Ohio, the Republican said he'd seen a story that Jeep may be moving “all production to China.” Romney wasn't telling the truth, as Chrysler itself made clear.
When most candidates get caught telling a falsehood like this, they have decide how best to minimize the damage, possibly with an apology. Romney, however, plays by his own set of rules — he turned the falsehood into a television ad airing in Ohio.
Ed Schultz says it's false.
Bill Clinton said the ad is the 'biggest load of bull in the world'
Former President Clinton and Vice President Biden blasted Republican nominee Mitt Romney over a campaign ad that says Chrysler is moving Jeep production to China because of President Obama's policies.
Worst of all, it hurt Barack's feelings:
“I saw the reports of Gov. Romney's latest ads saying that the president had allowed Jeep to move to China. And so this morning, before [Obama] left Florida, and went back to Washington, he said, 'You know, of all the things that Gov. Romney has said, that probably hurts my feelings the most,' ” Clinton said, referring to the president.
Going to Bill Clinton for the truth is a Hail Mary at best.
And the Obama campaign will run a counter ad:
COLUMBUS — Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt told reporters the campaign will soon have an ad on the air in Ohio responding to a new controversial spot by Mitt Romney that highlights Chrysler contemplating building Jeeps in China.
The Romney ad has been widely criticized for leaving the impression that Chrysler is moving jobs from its Toledo, Ohio Jeep plant overseas. In fact, Chrysler has indicated it is considering opening a new Chinese plant to build trucks for the Chinese market but has no plans to move Ohio jobs to China.
But is the ad false? You decide.
Story #1 from Bloomberg:
Fiat SpA (F), majority owner of Chrysler Group LLC, plans to return Jeep output to China and may eventually make all of its models in that country, according to the head of both automakers’ operations
in the region.
Fiat is in “very detailed conversations” with its Chinese partner, Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. (2238), about making Jeeps in the world’s largest auto market, said Mike Manley, chief operating officer of Fiat and Chrysler in Asia. Chrysler hasn’t built Jeeps there since before Fiat took control in 2009.
Story #2 from Business Week:
To counter the severe slump in European sales, Marchionne is considering building Chrysler models in Italy, including Jeeps, for export to North America. The Italian government is evaluating tax rebates on export goods to help Fiat. Marchionne may announce details of his plan as soon as Oct. 30, the people said.
Jeep is planning on building Jeeps in China for sale in China rather than build them in the USA and sell them in China. Jobs outsourced.
Fiat is considering building Chrysler models, including Jeeps, in Italy. More jobs outsourced.
The ad is correct and the more it incenses the left the better. The whining from the Obama camp is both amusing and ironic given the phony ads it ran and refused to disavow:
Top Obama campaign officials have refused to disavow a controversial and misleading TV ad by the pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA Action, that suggests Mitt Romney had a role in a woman’s death.
The ad, released Tuesday, features former GST Steel worker Joe Soptic of Kansas City, Mo., who lost his job and health benefits when Romney’s Bain Capital shuttered the factory in 2001. Soptic recounts how his wife became seriously ill shortly after “my family lost their health care” and died three weeks later.
“I do not think Mitt Romney realizes what he’s done to anyone, and, furthermore, I do not think Mitt Romney is concerned,” Soptic says. See the ad HERE.
Various fact-checkers has since pointed out that Soptic’s wife did not die until 2006, five years after GST Steel closed, and that she had health insurance coverage through her own employer for part of that time. It’s also unclear whether having insurance coverage through GST Steel would have meant better prevention or detection of the cancer that ultimately killed her.
You can feel the stomach acid pumping as WaPo wrote this:
The ad was carefully worded — it said that Obama “took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China.”
That phrasing is technically accurate, since the company is looking at adding new Jeep production in China.
And over at HuffPo Sam Stein was most likely popping the Tums when he had to admit that “The exact language of the ad may fall within the boundaries of truth. ”
I hope it burns. I hope it burns like hell.