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Romney still peddling Jeep-to-China falsehood

Is THIS unconscionable or what?

Mitt Romney’s biggest challenge in Ohio is probably his opposition to President Obama’s successful plan to save the auto industry from collapse—no matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to escape his position that we should have just “Let Detroit go bankrupt.” So on Thursday, Romney tried out a new approach: instead of trying to defend his position on the auto bailout, he claimed that under Obama’s leadership, Chrysler was hatching a plan to move all of its Jeep production to China.

You can understand why Romney would try to reframe the auto bailout story, but the big problem was that his claim was completely false. Jeep is considering producing vehicles in China for consumption in China—just like Toyota builds cars here in the United States. But it’s not considering moving any existing production capacity outside of the country, and certainly not all of it, as Romney had claimed.

But even though Romney was caught with his pants down, he’s now put up a new television ad that continues to push the Jeep-to-China lie.

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  1. Luke Fredrickson
  2. This liberal meme claiming Romney didn’t want to give the auto companies any government assistance is completely false.

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/oct/23/barack-obama/obama-says-romney-opposed-any-government-help-resc/

  3. Luke Fredrickson

    Neftali, Mitt’s first sentence in his Op-ed treatise on the bailout was this: “If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.”

    Spectacularly wrong, you must admit.

    What is clear is that Romney, in his “managed bankruptcy”, envisioned a Bain style intervention from private investors (of which there were none except the government). Compared to what Obama successfully implemented, Mitt’s plan would have featured:

    1. Breaking the unions (“shed excess labor”).
    2. More cars manufactured overseas to compete with “costs relative to foreign brands”.
    3. Reneging on retiree pensions.

    Romney also pushed for several things that Obama did right. Of course he won’t own up to this, but his WORDS were:

    1. “It is not wrong to ask for government help, but the automakers should come up with a win-win proposition.” Which is just what happened.

    2. “I believe the federal government should invest substantially more in basic research — on new energy sources, fuel-economy technology, materials science and the like — that will ultimately benefit the automotive industry, along with many others.” HA! These days Romney screams that government-backed research into “new energy sources” is a threat to America’s moral fiber.

    Romney said a gov’t. bailout would “seal automakers fate.” Obama thought otherwise, and the voters of Ohio seem to agree.

  4. Luke – and Mitt’s 2nd paragraph went like this:

    “Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check. ”

    With Jeep soon to be manufactured in Italy or China, and GM still barely above water with the Volt doing poorly, the long term prospects are dim, which is exactly what Mitt was talking about.

    The unions need to be broken. We simply cannot complete in the international market while meeting their unrealistic demands. Mitt wanted the companies to restructure themselves so they will remain competitive for a long time. He wanted to keep the jobs in Michigan. Yes, the hard line is that benefits would be reduced, but at least you can keep your job. With the Obama solution, its a temporary fix,and its barely a fix at that because Chrysler was sold to Fiat. Now, very unfortunately, the need for further government intervention for GM will come sooner than later. Just watch.

  5. Luke Fredrickson

    Mitt did not want the workers to keep their jobs, he explicitly said “shed excess labor”.

    And Jeep is not slowing operations in the U.S., believe it or not.

    For the record, t show how wrong Romney was: Detroit DID restructure, at the insistence of the government. Auto companies are not on a “suicidal course”, market share is increasing, labor and retiree burdens have improved, product quality is way up, and the Big 3 is hiring, not facing job losses.

    laastly, why didn’t Mitt think the 2002 Winter Olympics should go through bankruptcy? He smiled and took his government bailout and claimed all the credit when the free money saved the show.

  6. Governor Romney wanted to let Detroit go bankrupt (his editiorial, not mine).

    Mr Romney wanted to let home foreclosures hit bottom (his words, not mine).

    He says we can’t afford FEMA and we should turn it over to the states. (his words, not mine)……..

    The Governor is a very dangerous man. Certainly the wrong type of leader for these precarious times.

  7. Luke – Ford wasn’t involved in the bailout. Only GM and Chrysler. And they are on a suicidal course. Market share is decreasing, not increasing. And quality has very little to do with government involvement.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiswoodhill/2012/08/15/general-motors-is-headed-for-bankruptcy-again/

  8. Luke Fredrickson

    Well Neftali, let’s just say we have two different views on how to build a healthier auto sector in the U.S.

    The Rust Belt voters will tell us which is the most persuasive. They should know best.

  9. Governor Romney wanted to let Detroit go bankrupt (his editorial, not mine).

    Mr Romney wanted to let home foreclosures hit bottom (his words, not mine).

    He says we can’t afford FEMA and we should turn it over to the states. (his words, not mine)……..

    The Governor is a very dangerous man. Certainly the wrong type of leader for these precarious times.

  10. Why would they know best Luke? After all, they made it into the rust belt, why would they know how to polish it up again?

  11. Willard is losing control for Ohio and is now in desperate mode. Folks are actually sick of ads at this point going into the election best to watch Obama handle the impact of the storm.

  12. Andybinga

    From a Bloomberg article on 10/22/12: Fiat SpA (F), majority owner of Chrysler Group LLC, plans to return Jeep output to China and may eventually make all of its models in that country, according to the head of both automakers’ operations in the region. Romney is telling the truth.

  13. Andybinga: Sorry, but Romney is NOT telling the truth.

    You’re misreading the stuff about plans by Jeep “to eventually make of all its models in” China. That doesn’t mean that all of its manufacturing operations will be moved there. It means that the manufacturing operations in China will include all the models the company makes. The company itself says Romney is misinterpreting its intentions. In fact, the company will increase its manufacturing operations in America — not move them to China. The operations in China will serve the Chinese market, not the American market.

    The Romney campaign apparently figured there would be people like you who would fall for its pack of lies. And in your case, it worked, didn’t it?

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