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Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 10/30/2012

Romney’s astonishingly dishonest Jeep-to-China radio ad

I noted below that the Romney campaign has broadened its Jeep-to-China ad campaign by putting a version of its earlier TV ad on the radio in Toledo, Ohio, home to a Jeep plant.

I’ve got audio of the ad from a Democrat — it’s posted below — and it is even more staggering in its dishonesty than the TV spot is. Here’s the script:

Barack Obama says he saved the auto industry. But for who? Ohio, or China? Under President Obama, GM cut 15,000 American jobs. But they are planning to double the number of cars built in China — which means 15,000 more jobs for China.
And now comes word that Chrysler plans to start making jeeps in — you guessed it — China. What happened to the promises made to autoworkers in Toledo and throughout Ohio — the same hard-working men and women who were told that Obama’s auto bailout would help them?
Mitt Romney grew up in the Auto Industry. Maybe that’s why the Detroit News endorsed him, saying: ”Romney understands the industry and will shield it from regulators who never tire of churning out new layers of mandates.” Mitt Romney. He’ll stand up for the auto industry. In Ohio, not China.

Romney’s new ad suggests that the auto bailout did not save the industry for Ohio, and saved it for China instead. That alone is a pretty big whopper. The ad then strongly implies that the Jeep/China news constitutes a breaking of the auto bailout’s promise to Ohio auto workers — that it proves the auto bailout is not helping them, that it has let them down. But as Fiat’s chief executive reiterated today, Chrysler is not moving any American Jeep production to China. It is returning production to that country for the Chinese market. Not only that, but Chrysler is planning to add Jeep jobs in the United States.

What’s more, the Detroit News endorsement that the Romney radio spot cites also hailed the auto bailout as “extraordinary” and said Romney had gotten the rescue all wrong while Obama showed “leadership on the issue.”

Romney’s TV ad has already been pilloried by Glenn Kessler, Politifact, and others. But if anything this radio spot takes even greater liberties with the truth. After all, the TV spot didn’t go as far as to suggest that the fact that Jeep is expanding production into China — again, for the Chinese market — proves the auto bailout was a letdown to Ohioans.

It is startling that the Romney campaign thinks Ohioans will believe this stuff. It flies so directly in the face of reality that it suggests a real Hail Mary on Romney’s part. The willingness to play on people’s fears for their livelihoods in such a dishonest fashion displays contempt for the very people the ad is meant to persuade.

Here's the audio:

By  |  02:35 PM ET, 10/30/2012

 
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