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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Auto Bailout Takes Center Stage In Ohio

A screen shot from the Romney campaign ad, claiming President Obama “sold Chrysler to the Italians, who are going to build Jeeps in China.” The ad has received a “4 Pinocchios” rating from The Washington Post.

Four Pinocchios! That’s how The Washington Post rated the latest Mitt Romney ad, criticizing President Obama on the auto bailout.

The ad is playing in Ohio, and claims that Obama “sold Chrysler to the Italians, who are going to build Jeeps in China.”

According to the Bloomberg story quoted in the ad, the chief operating officer of Fiat and Chrysler in Asia “referred to adding Jeep production sites” in China, in order to accommodate rising demand in that country, “rather than shifting output from North America to China.”

Obama came out with his own ad, refuting Romney’s claim and noting that Jeep is actually adding about 1,100 jobs in Toledo.

The auto bailout has taken center stage in Ohio with both candidates trying to paint himself as a friend to the car industry.

Both campaigns have canceled some events this week due to Hurricane Sandy.

But Karen Kasler of Ohio Public Radio predicts the candidates will turn up in the Buckeye State before the weekend when early voting begins.

“The state is too important for the candidates to skip in the days before the election,” Kasler said.

But will the latest dust-up over the auto bailout make a difference in the election? In the latest Washington Post-ABC poll, Obama leads Romney 49 to 48 percent in Ohio.


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  • J Frog

    How about a link to the Bloomberg news article so we can read it for ourselves?

    • Rachel Rohr, Here & Now

      Thanks J.F. for your comment. A link to the Bloomberg article is now posted in the story above.

  • BReal

    I’m sorry, but the only thing missing from Here and Now’s “election coverage” is the voice of the President coming up at the end of your stories saying “I’m Barack Obama, and I approve this message.” It’s really frustrating to hear day after day the latest “gotcha!” concerning the Romney campaign, while not even offering a half-hearted look at ways in which the President MIGHT have fallen short during his term in office.

    It’s as if the DNC is the executive editor of your program.

  • Sfordnyc

    Also why didn’t you reference the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s editorial: “Flailing in Ohio, Romney Rolls Out Jeep Ploy” which eviscerates the Romney campaign for this latest blatant lie. 

    “Mitt Romney is desperate to convince Ohio voters that he’s the candidate most committed to the U.S. auto industry — no matter how much confusion he must sow to do it”

  • Robert

    I thought NPR was supposed to be unbiased!! I swear every single day, Here and Now comes on, and I hear completely biased Statements from Robin Young. I’m sick of hearing her Romney Hating Obama Loving Statements!! She’s about to get me to stop listening to NPR if something doesn’t change!

    • HaircutterRomney

      Robin is simply stating the truth. Truth only hurts those who are dishonest. 

    • RCYoung

       With all due respect, as the Bloomberg report which was sited by Mr Romney said :  (COO) “Manley referred to adding Jeep production sites rather than shifting output from North America to China.”

      Jeep is not only not moving jobs out of Toledo, as the Romney campaign implies, it’s adding 1100, and spending an additional 500 million dollars. 

      As I said in the piece, (I think, generously), one could forgive Mr. Romney and his campaign misreading the Bloomberg article and making the false claim at the rally in Defiance, Ohio last week. We didn’t even report it, though it was well known.  But after he was corrected by the Chrysler COO, it’s hard to understand the Romney campaign then making an ad with the same false claim. As our guest said, it is reminiscent of the false welfare ads from the Romney campaign.

      Thank you for this opportunity again to underscore the nature of this story.
      We obviously disagree, and I assume you also disagree with the Wash Post, New York times, Morning Edition, Cleveland Plain Dealer, etc. 

      But I respectfully submit that if the Obama campaign should make the same kind of false statement in the next few days, we’ll report it.



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