Romney Auto Industry Comment may Backfire in Ohio
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney often boasts about how good of a job creator he is. However, he may be stretching the truth too far in Ohio and it could cost him dearly. Romney desperately needs to win Ohio, but he is being called out by two automakers for lying in an ad.
Romney faces a huge hurdle in the state of Ohio, especially with blue-collar workers. It was caused because he opposed President Obama’s implementation of the auto industry bailout after it was initiated by President Bush.
Romney has tried over and over again to say he was not opposed to rescuing the industry, he was just opposed to that specific plan. However, that has not been able to erase the deficit he has in the polls in Ohio, where one out of every eight jobs is directly or indirectly tied to the automobile industry.
However, he might have made things worse last week when he said that Jeep, now owned by Italians, was going to move its entire production over to China. That remark caused many eyebrows to be raised in Ohio where Chrysler Jeeps are assembled.
The bad part about the comment was that Romney was not telling the truth. Fiat, Chrysler’s majority owner with 58.5% of the stock, after purchasing it in a deal approved by the White House following the bailout, said it was planning to build some of their Jeeps in China, but for the market in China. The company said it was adding production sites instead of shifting its output to China from North America.
However, a number of blogs indicated that Chrysler was leaving Ohio and moving to China. That was repeated by Romney hoping to make it look as if the bailout by Obama was actually sending American jobs overseas.
An executive for Chrysler quickly refuted Romney’s remarks saying that Jeep did not have any intentions of shifting production out of its North American plants to China.