Earlier today, I told you about THIS.
And now there’s THIS:
President Obama’s campaign is readying an advertising counterattack against Mitt Romney’s latest ad in Ohio, which has drawn intense criticism in the press for falsely implying that Jeep is shipping jobs from Toledo to China.
“We will have a response spot up shortly,” OFA press secretary Ben LaBolt told reporters on Monday. “I think Ohioans will recognize when something reeks of desperation.” [Update: It’s out, see bottom.]
In a separate call, campaign manager Jim Messina called it one of the “most misleading, hypocritical, and indefensible ads we’ve ever seen in a presidential race.”
The dispute over the Jeep claim began last week when Romney said in a speech in Defiance, Ohio, that the company’s parent, Chrysler, “is thinking of moving all production to China.” This prompted a blunt response from Chrysler, which noted that not only was the claim false, but that the company was actually adding new jobs in Toledo as part of a $500 million investment in its factory there. The China report Romney cited, from Boomberg, specifically referred to expanding Jeep operations within China that cater to the Asian market, not any kind of movement of resources from Ohio.