VIDEO – Showing clear signs of desperation, Mitt Romney got caught lying to Ohioans at a rally, saying that he “read somewhere” that Jeep is moving all production to China. The lie was immediately rebuked by Chrysler Corporation, which is actually adding jobs at its Ohio production plant. But not only did Romney not retract his statement, he put out a TV and radio ad in Ohio that repeats the lie.
While covering Mitt Romney for most of this campaign, it has been quite easy to point out the many, many flip-flops he has had on almost every issue. The man has no principles to stand on, saying anything and everything he can to get elected. Never has a candidate for president contradicted himself as much as Mitt Romney has, which in the age of YouTube and Google, is actually a curious strategy. Nevertheless, Romney keeps changing, reinventing himself every week, and proving he has no real convictions (other than making Wall Street and the elite who fund him, richer).
But in the last month, Romney’s campaign has devolved into a breathtakingly brazen machine of lies. It’s one thing to change positions on everything, which Romney has throughout his political career, saying whatever he has to in order to pander to his current audience. But it is another thing completely to flat-out lie in an attempt to deceive low-information voters.
Of all the lies Romney has told in the 2012 campaign, his lie about Jeep moving production to China is absolutely stunning. And as stunning as it was when he said it at a rally in the Ohio community that is home to a Jeep manufacturing plant, it is even more unbelievable that he would use it as his final argument to the people of Ohio in a TV and radio ad blitz.
Almost immediately after Romney made the false claim – a claim that proved to be an internet rumor that was completely untrue – Chrysler put out the following statement:
Chrysler’s response to Romney’s lie:
“Let’s set the record straight: Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China. It’s simply reviewing the opportunities to return Jeep output to China for the world’s largest auto market.
U.S. Jeep assembly lines will continue to stay in operation. A careful and unbiased reading of the Bloomberg take would have saved unnecessary fantasies and extravagant comments.”
But that did not stop Mitt Romney from using the lie in the campaign. Instead, he doubled down on it by producing TV and radio ads based solely on his false claim and an additional lie that accused President Obama of destroying the auto industry. That’s right, Romney claims in the ad that the President who saved the auto industry, instead somehow ruined the auto industry. This ridiculous claim prompted General Motors to give a scathing response to Romney.
General Motors’ response to Romney’s lies in Ohio TV and radio ads:
“We’ve clearly entered some parallel universe during these last few days,” GM spokesman Greg Martin told the Detroit Free Press. “No amount of campaign politics at its cynical worst will diminish our record of creating jobs in the U.S. and repatriating profits back to this country.”
The ads are so absurd that Chrysler felt the need to respond again to the dishonest candidate for president:
Chrysler’s second response to Romney lies, this time in an email to employees:
“I feel obliged to unambiguously restate our position: Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China,” Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne wrote to employees. “Jeep is one of our truly global brands with uniquely American roots. This will never change. So much so that we committed that the iconic Wrangler nameplate, currently produced in our Toledo, Ohio, plant, will never see full production outside the United States.”
The CEO of Chrysler also noted that American production of Jeeps has tripled since 2009, and that the company is expanding operations in the United States.
Obviously what is going on here is that the Romney campaign has realized the electoral challenges they are facing with time running out. They know it is nearly impossible for them to win without Ohio, but they are not gaining traction in the state (even as they have made up ground in a few other swing states). Ohio is not as quick to believe Romney’s act, especially when they know he was against President Obama’s auto industry bailout that saved one out of every eight jobs in their state.
So what is Romney’s answer to that? It started in the last debate when he tried to pretend he was with the auto bailout all along. But now, in this last “Hail Mary pass” to try to win Ohio, Mitt Romney has decided that he will just lie about all of it and even accuse President Obama of harming the auto industry.
With these ads about Jeep, Mitt Romney has sold out whatever credibility (if any) he had left. It’s almost embarrassing. Most of the people of Ohio know damn well that President Obama risked his political future by bailing out the auto industry. But Romney is trolling the state of Ohio to find those few people, those low-information voters, who could be swayed by these dishonest tactics. Again, this is a pure sign of desperation. As Romney attempts to turn over rocks in Ohio to find ignorant voters who would believe these deceitful ads, he is more likely to alienate the few remaining undecided voters in Ohio by insulting their intelligence.