Mitt Romney might have eeked out an undeserved victory if he hadn’t gone for broke with an easily refutable whopper of a lie in the campaign’s final days.
In Ohio last Friday, Romney let fly the wildly incorrect statement that Chrysler “is thinking of moving all production to China.” Obviously, his goal is to stoke panic in the hearts and minds of the people who live in America’s heartland.
Romney knows he has a big likability deficit to make up since Obama rescued more than a million jobs with the successful bailout of the auto industry. But Romney doesn’t seem to have any strategy in his toolbox other than to lie his way out.
Despite immediate rebuttals from Chrysler, Romney doubled-down on the lie, airing it in commercials in the swing state of Ohio over the weekend. Here it is:
What does Chrysler have to say about its company being at the center of grossly inaccurate Romney campaign messaging? In an entry on the company’s blog, it called Romney’s assertion that Chrysler was sending American jobs to China “unnecessary fantasies and extravagant comments” and accused Romney of making a logical “leap that would be difficult even for professional circus acrobats.” The Chrysler representative emphasized that “Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China.”
In fact, the same day Romney first made false accusations that Chrysler was outsourcing American jobs, Chrysler announced that it was expanding U.S. production and adding 1,100 American jobs. It also will produce Jeeps in China, which will be sold in China.
Romney has now tripled-down on the Jeep jobs loss lie, today airing a second version of the commercial that the Huffington Post calls “even more misleading than the ad that the Romney campaign has already aired.” Yesterday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer published a scathing editorial that said Romney was purposely “sowing confusion” and “being reckless.”
Perturbed that Romney is continuing to propagate the lie, Chrysler Group LLC Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne sent an email to employees on Tuesday that said: “I feel obliged to unambiguously restate our position: Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China.” I guess they’re won’t be many folks voting for Romney at Chrysler.
Romney isn’t the only fantasist who is doubling down on the “lie-to-win” strategy. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) told Andrea Mitchell on Sunday that Mitt Romney’s completely misleading and desperate ad is “100% correct and accurate.” Huh?
To top it all off, Romney did nothing to “fight for every American job” when he received appeals from the Freeport, Illinois city council and residents to stop nearly 200 American jobs from being outsourced by Sensata, a Bain-owned company.
Americans, for the most part, consist of people who won’t vote for bold-faced liars (at least once they realize they’re lying). And this latest Romney stunt will surely appall those Independent voters who could swing Ohio to Obama, especially after having a front row seat to Romney’s last-ditch effort to screw with their minds.
After seeing the commercial air over the weekend, many workers started calling their local United Auto Workers union to find out if they were in danger of losing their jobs. When the callers heard that Romney was lying and Chrysler is actually expanding U.S. manufacturing, their response has been: “That’s pretty pitiful,” according to a report by the New York Times.
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