Romney just ran this ad in Ohio.
The narrative is that Obama has done such a terrible job with the economy and businesses are struggling so much that Chrysler is moving jobs away from America. Unfortunately for Mitt Romney, this is a gaff that exceeds not knowing where Iran is on a map (but still wanting to invade it).
In a response to Romney’s claim, Chrysler issued a statement.
“Let’s set the record straight: Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China. A careful and unbiased reading of the Bloomberg take would have saved necessary fantasies and extravagant comments”.
Chrysler is not relocating jobs to China, it is expanding to China to get a piece of that market. It means we’re selling Jeeps to China, not that we’re buying them from China. They are also adding 1,100 jobs to its Toledo plant because they are doing so well.
Essentially, Chrysler said…
Bill Clinton was all over it in Florida.
Clinton, who addressed the crowd before Biden, said he had spoken about Romney’s claim Monday morning with President Obama, before the president returned to Washington after scrapping plans to participate in a joint rally in Orlando, Fla.
Obama told Clinton that it was the first ad that “hurt my feelings,” because the first new car he ever owned was a Jeep.
“Now it turns out, Jeep is reopening in China because they’ve made so much money here, they can afford to do it and they are going on with their plans here,” Clinton said. And he paraphrased a statement from Jeep parent company Chrysler, dubbing Romney’s ad “the biggest load of bull in the world.”“They are roaring in America, thanks to people like the people of Ohio,” Clinton said.
A statement from Chrysler said the company “has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China,” but is “simply reviewing the opportunities to return Jeep output to China for the world’s largest auto market.”
And while not referring specifically to Romney’s ad, the company said a “careful and unbiased reading” of a Bloomberg report that the ad cites “would have saved unnecessary fantasies and extravagant comments.”
So contrary to the message of Romney’s ad, that the economy is doing so poor that Chrysler is limping, Chrysler is actually so awash in profit that they are expanding. This is not a good faux pas to make when you are the candidate trying to build yourself up as the economical/business expert. It’s one more in the long list of ways that Mitt Romney has demonstrated that he’s really incompetent. Sadly, being incompetent means less than being confident.
This will bring the auto bailout to the forefront of the conversation in Ohio, which is not what Mitt Romney wants. 1 in 8 jobs in this state are in the auto industry. That those families have continued to receive a paycheck because of Obama rescuing the auto industry has probably not been forgotten. And, if it was, Romney just reminded them.
Obama is already capitalizing on this.
Obama is up an average of 2.4 points in Ohio, which Romney pretty much must have in order to get into the White House. Hopefully this will be a nail in the coffin for his campaign.