A Desperate Romney Turns Jeep Lies Into Ohio Campaign Ads

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.

Romney Mocked The Idea Of Rising Ocean Levels At GOP Convention

VIDEO – Mitt Romney mocked President Obama’s concern for the rise of the oceans and the environment in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.  Romney delivered the line, “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans” and followed it with a long pause so the Republican attendees could laugh about climate change concerns.


In his acceptance speech for the Republican nomination for president, Mitt Romney mocked President Obama’s concern for rising ocean levels and the effects that could have on coastal communities in the United States.  His Republican supporters laughed at the idea of rising oceans affected by climate change and the idea that a president should be concerned about the global environment.

ROMNEY: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans…” (long pause for laughter from crowd).  “and to heal the planet.  My promise is to help you and your family.”

Well, Mr. Romney, does it help American families when the entire Northeastern coastline is flooded by storms from an unheard of late-October hurricane?  If there were anything we could do to (as you mock) “begin to slow the rise of the oceans”, wouldn’t that be something worth looking into and acting on instead of laughing at?  The GOP refuses to even acknowledge there is any change in the climate because doing so would force their big oil funders to change their ways.

Apparently, the environment and climate change are a big joke to Romney and the Republicans.  Romney and the GOP’s allegiance to big oil is greater than their concern for the air we breathe and the environment we live in.  If it costs their big oil backers some of their record profits in order to protect the environment of the American people, the profits of big oil always trump environmental concerns.  They will sacrifice our environment and our future for today’s profit.

The lack of concern for the environment shown by Mitt Romney is troubling in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  This is compounded by the fact that Romney said he would eliminate the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  He not only said he would let states deal with disasters on their own, but he added that it would be “even better” if disaster relief could be privatized.  Romney would actually sacrifice the disaster relief function of our national government in order to keep his rich donors’ taxes from rising a few percentage points.

Hurricane Sandy, which is already being called the greatest natural disaster to hit New Jersey and New York City, reminds of the importance of elections for the highest offices of our nation.  It will determine the path we take on both climate change and disaster relief.  Do we elect those who believe we should be prepared as a nation for natural disasters and take reasonable steps to improve our environment?  Or do we elect Republicans who deny climate change exists in the name of protecting big oil profits and who would eliminate our national infrastructure for disaster relief?

Mitt Romney Wants To End Federal Disaster Relief And FEMA

VIDEO – Mitt Romney says he would end federal disaster relief.  Romney even called spending federal money on disaster relief “immoral”.

In a natural disaster like a hurricane, it is hard to see the devastation and human suffering and come to any other conclusion than the fact that the people hit by the disaster need to get help from their country.  But Mitt Romney sees more than that.  He sees a way for the big banks to profit from it.  Yes, Romney would like to privatize disaster relief as he said in a presidential debate during the Republican primary.

Mitt Romney wants his Wall Street banker buddies to be able to profit off of everything – absolutely everything – including natural disasters.  Yes, natural disasters.  When asked about FEMA during the debate, Romney said this:

ROMNEY: “Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction.  And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.”

MODERATOR JOHN KING: “Including disaster relief, though?”

ROMNEY: “We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.”

Again, that was Romney’s answer to a question about disaster relief.

Romney wants to send disaster relief back to the states?  The whole point of federal disaster relief is to provide assistance to states suddenly stricken by a natural disaster because they are overwhelmed by the damage and costs of cleanup.  For example, the actual cost of Hurricane Katrina’s damage was estimated between $96-$125 billion.  The total proposed Louisiana state budget for fiscal year 2013 is only $25.5 billion.

Mitt Romney’s proposed  There are certain things that we have to come together as a nation to provide for each other and natural disaster relief, one would think, is one of those things.  Oh, but not Mitt Romney.  He wants to tell the states “you are on your own” if a disaster like Hurricane Katrina strikes.  Why?  So his elite class can:  a) pay less federal taxes and b) find some way to profit from human disaster.

There is no end to his callousness and the disdain Mitt Romney has for the Americans he calls the “47 percent”.  Mitt Romney is an empty shell, driven only by a quest for profit – not profit for America – profit for the elite class that funds his campaign.  He does not care about the American people or the well being of the country.  He is out to find every possible way to get more profits for his Wall Street and big corporate funders, deregulate their industries, and lower their taxes.

Mitt Romney looks at things like Social Security, Medicare, and disaster relief and thinks it is such a shame that his Wall Street crowd can’t get a piece of the action.

A Desperate Romney Lies To Ohio Crowd: Jeep Moving To China

VIDEO – An increasingly desperate candidate, Mitt Romney (appearing with Meatloaf), falsely told a crowd in Ohio that Jeep is moving all production to China.  Romney’s claim was quickly debunked, drawing a scathing response from the executive management of Chrysler (Jeep).


 

Mitt Romney has now become so desperate, that his dishonesty has shifted into overdrive.  Last night in Ohio, knowing he was near a Jeep manufacturing plant in Toledo, Romney told the crowd a complete lie: that Jeep was “thinking of moving all production to China”.  Where did Romney get such information?  He was repeating a rumor from a right-wing blog.  Yes, the man who wants to be president of the United States has gotten so desperate that he is willing to shock a local crowd in Ohio based on false information.

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.”

In fact, Romney’s lie to the Ohio crowd came just hours after the Detroit Free Press reported that 1,100 new Chrysler workers will help boost production of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs in Detroit beginning next week.  Also, Chrysler is investing $500 million to upgrade its plant in Toledo to build the replacement for the Jeep Liberty and is in the process of hiring 1,105 additional workers that are expected to start next fall.

The conclusion of Romney’s disgusting tactic in Ohio?  He is not ready to be president or worthy of the office.  Mitt Romney knew the information was false and was just using it to downplay the huge success of the auto bailout that gives President Obama a clear boost in the state.  What does it say about Romney that he would say something so horrible to the people of Ohio, knowing that was not substantiated and was simply a blog rumor?  It shows that Romney thinks of working people just as pawns.  To the privileged, elite, CEO Romney, they are just “small people” that he thinks he can trick into voting for him.

Clearly, Mitt Romney is flailing in Ohio because he cannot connect with working people in a state where 1 of 8 jobs are tied to the auto industry, and Romney callously said we should just let that industry to go bankrupt.  But it also typifies the lack of character Romney has shown in his willingness to say absolutely anything to pander to his current audience.  He even tried to change his stance on the auto bailout during the final debate.  But the polling shows that the people of Ohio are not as dumb as Mitt Romney thinks they are.  They know who supported their auto jobs when times were tough and they know who said “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt“.