Romney Releases Misleading Auto Ad
Mitt Romney campaign came out with a new TV ad that bent historical record and current news to fit its storyline. The ad didn’t make any direct claims so that it can be considered a lie. It used clever wording to mislead the viewers.
The narrator said that President Barack Obama took Chrysler and GM into bankruptcy. While it was true, it was also the plan that Romney supported in 2008 and at the beginning of 2009. The only difference was that President Obama supported a bridge loan from the government while Romney wanted the private sector to pay for it.
But there was no money from the private sector available during the recession. Dan Akerson, CEO and chairman of General Motors since September 2010 was asked what could have happened had Romney’s plan was followed, he answered that GM would have been bankrupted for years and the company and automobile industry would be long gone.
The Romney TV spot also cited his endorsement from the Detroit News but it failed to note that the same endorsement accused him of making the wrong decision with regards to the auto bailout.
The ad also accused President Obama of selling Chrysler to the Italians who are going to make Jeeps in China. While it is true that the Italian company Fiat now owns Chrysler and building Jeeps in China, it is not moving jobs from the United States. It was expanding its production in China to cater the growing Chinese market.
Romney has been citing the report that Chrysler plans to make Jeeps in China at the campaign trail and he has been criticized for it. The company has already denied the report and several news outlets have condemned Romney for using it in the campaign.
The Romney campaign defended that the ad didn’t technically say that Chrysler was moving production to China. It just said that it was going to build Jeeps there.