Mitt Romney hit a new low in telling outright lies Thursday when he told a crowd in Ohio that Jeep a going to close down its plants in the U.S. and move them to China. Romney then said after he is elected he will do everything in his power to keep those jobs here. Even after he was told his statement was false, Romney repeated it in another city.
There is a major problem. Romney was telling a lie. Jeep has no intentions to close American production. The company put out this response to Romney shortly after news of his lie were made public:
“Let’s set the record straight: Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China. It is 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.”
The Romney lie is even more outrageous considering that JEEP announced this week that it will add a 3rd shift an 1,100 jobs to it Detroit assembly plant, and is investing $500 million to upgrade its Toledo plant. Romney had nothing to say about that. Why would Romney cheer for America when he can trash her?
Romney knows he must win Ohio if he is going to win the election. He has trailed in the polls for months. One in sic jobs in Ohio are directly or indirectly tied to the auto industry. Obama saved the auto industry, Romney said “Let Detroit go bankrupt.” Now he has to Etch A Sketch that statement in order to have a chance in Ohio.
The polls have tightened in Oho, but Obama is still ahead by an average of 2.3% when all recent polls are averaged. In early voting in Ohio, Obama has a large lead. This is not conclusive since Republicans tend to vote on Election Day, but it certainly shows the strength of the Obama ground game.
Jeep’s plan to look at possibly returning to China with a plant simply means that it wants to compete for sales in the world’s largest auto market. If Jeep re-opened a plant in China, it would assemble vehicles for sale to Chinese—not Americans. More sales only makes Jeep stronger to avoid any near collapse like happened during the Bush Administration. That is a good thing.
General Motors has plants in China and that helps the company with profitability.
As a businessman, Romney was a pioneer in outsourcing American jobs to China. He did not open branch factories for Chinese consumption, he helped companies close down their American operations and move the jobs to China. That is Bain Capital’s MO to this day. Bain is closing a plant in Freeport, Illinois and moving it to China this month.
One explanation for the Romney lie Thursday could be that he needed a zinger to off set Colin Powell’s endorsement of Obama for a second term. Romney was counting on the former General and Secretary of State to endorse him. In stead, Powell said he had concerns about Romney’s flip-flopping and his statements on foreign policy.
Chief Romney surrogate John Sununu said on CNN Thursday that the only reason Powell endorsed Obama is because both are black. Wow. That is the same guy who said Obama needed to learn to be an American. He said Obama was lazy. He said he is too busy smoking crack to deal with the economy. In Romney-world anything goes.
We will see if Romney scored any points with his lie, or if he gets punished. Maybe voters are so fed up with the TV ads they are no longer paying attention.
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