On October 30, Bloomberg reported that a TV ad battle concerning the automotive industry between the two presidential candidates has been sparked, after Romney used economic scare tactics to rally his supporters in the electoral holy grail that is Ohio. Over the last few months the former Governor’s campaign has made numerous efforts to reduce President Obama’s lead in Ohio. Whether it has been by attempting to shift his public image toward more moderate conservative policies or an attempt to piggy back on the popularity of the President’s auto bailout in the region.
It seems with their latest actions they are still trying to do more of the same. In an attempt to portray the President as ineffective at preventing industries and businesses from relocating overseas, the campaign is claiming that Obama “sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build jeeps in China.”
Although this statement in not technically untrue, it is incredibly misleading. Chrysler has come out publicly stating that the article that the Romney campaign has cited when making these claims did state that they are looking to expand into the massive Chinese automobile market, but that such an expansion will have no negative impacts on domestic plants and domestic employees. When referring to the Romney campaign’s implication that Chrysler plans on moving jeep plants to China Gaulberto Ranieri, a senior vice president for corporate communications, wrote “It is a leap that would be difficult even for professional circus acrobats.”
While Chrysler has actually stated that expansion in plants in Toledo and Detroit will add 2,200 more jobs, Romney stood up in front of 12,000 people and said”I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China…I will fight for every good job in America, I’m going to fight to make sure trade is fair.”
Ignoring the absurdity of a man who made his all his money in venture capitalism using rhetoric that assumes a trade standoff with China would be beneficial to the average American, the blatant fear tactics being employed by the former moderate Governor reveal a campaign that is running out of ideas.