Romney’s ‘big lie’ GOPropaganda on the auto rescue

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

Greg Sargent writes at The Plum Line today:

Last week, Mitt Romney told an Ohio rally that Chrysler was considering moving all its Jeep production
to China — a false claim based on a faulty interpretation of a
Bloomberg article that said no such thing. It was easy to assume the
Romney camp had simply made a mistake (which would not necessarily have
justified running with such an incendiary claim without checking the
facts first).

Now, however, there is no longer any doubt about what’s happening:
The Romney campaign is deliberately misleading people with the
Jeep-to-China claim
, in a last-ditch effort to turn things around in
Ohio, which benefitted enormously from the auto bailout Romney opposed.

The Romney campaign is running a new ad that claims:

Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, and sold
Chrysler to Italians who are going to build jeeps in China. Mitt Romney
will fight for every American job.

Sam Stein and Jonathan Cohn
give us the full story on why this is so misleading. I wanted to add
that this reflects, again, that on the auto rescue, Romney has simply
run out of answers.

The Obama campaign is not taking Romney's "big lie" GOPropaganda on the auto rescue lying down. Team Obama is up with a new ad today that calls out Romney's ad for what it is: "a lie." (The Beltway media villagers are clutching their pearls — you can't say "lie"). Calling Romney’s lie what it is: A lie:

The Obama campaign is up with a new ad in Ohio that hits back at Mitt Romney’s suggestion — made most recently in a Romney campaign ad — that Obama’s auto bailout will result in American Jeep jobs getting shipped to China. [The ad is entitled "Collapse" – video below the fold.]

The ad reprises Romney’s opposition to the auto-bailout — and flatly calls Romney’s Jeep-to-China claim a “lie.” The script:

When the auto industry faced collapse, Mitt Romney turned
his back. Even the conservative Detroit News criticized Romney for his
“wrong-headedness” on the bailout. And now, after Romney’s false claim
of Jeep outsourcing to China, Chrysler itself has refuted Romney’s lie.
The truth? Jeep is adding jobs in Ohio. Mitt Romney on Ohio jobs: Wrong
then. Dishonest now.

* * *

Back when Ohio needed the auto industry bailed out — and Obama took
the politically risky step of proceeding with the rescue — Romney took
the politically easy position. Attacking it was a good way to pander to
conservatives in advance of the GOP primary. But then, when this
position became problematic for him in the general election, he began to
dissemble about it, falsely suggesting he’d supported government action
up front when that’s simply not what happened. With time running out, Romney has run out of answers on the auto-bailout, and has now turned to the claim that it will result in American Jeep jobs getting shipped to China. That isn’t true either.

But this goes beyond a standard fact checking skirmish. Obama
advisers see it as central to their closing argument against Romney's
character. It isn’t just that Romney failed to support the auto-bailout
when Ohioans really needed it; it’s that Romney doesn’t have the
integrity to come clean about it now that he’s asking them for their
help furthering his political ambitions.
That’s why the ad combines the
claim that Romney “turned his back” on the industry with the assertion
that Romney is being “dishonest” about it “now.”

UPDATE: Norm Ornstein, a political scientist at the American Enterprise Institute: “I think there’s nobody like Romney. Romney is like
the Michael Phelps of presidential candidates. if you’re looking for
gold medals in terms of audacious lying, and adamant refusal to turn
over personal information, nobody comes close. I’m sure others would’ve
liked to have done it, but the culture in the past was one where lying
attracted some level of approbation and shame.”

UPDATE: The Washington Post's fact checker Glenn Kessler gives the Romney ad Four Pinnochios for Mitt Romney’s misleading ad on Chrysler and China. Politifact also weighs in: “Pants on fire.”

The Columbus-Dispatch extensively fact-checked
Romney’s claims about the auto-bailout, and clearly demonstrates that Romney
did in fact oppose the rescue of the industry Obama ended up pursuing.

2 responses to “Romney’s ‘big lie’ GOPropaganda on the auto rescue

  1. Few people have heard about the money the Romneys have made off from the government as a result of the “bailouts”. About $15.3 million according to the article written in “The Nation”, titled “Mitt Romney’s Bailout Bonanza. http://www.thenation.com/article/170644/mitt-romneys-bailout-bonanza
    He is not the only person mentioned, but he the only person seeking office. What happend got twisted by many a greedy conservativies who simply hurt ordinatry americans. Seems that being a millionaire isn’t as much fun as being a multi millionair or even a billionaire no matter the cost or who it costs.

    We are in big trouble if he gets into office.

    Robgf

  2. 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.