Republican Presidential Candidate, Mitt Romney’s desperation to win Ohio’s critical 18-Electoral Votes is sowing confusion in the state and generating open anger from many newspapers there, now openly calling him out for his ‘big lie.’
As reported today by The Washington Post, The Toledo Blade, Cleveland Plain Dealer and Columbus Dispatch–three of the state’s most influential newspapers–have all printed scathing denunciations of Romney for reporting this false story, which Jeep’s parent company Chrysler (owned by Fiat) has refuted. Ohio’s economy is—of course—heavily dependent on the auto industry and there are several Chrysler plants in operation there, including one in Defiance, Ohio, where Romney made his original claim, last Thursday in a stump speech—bringing groans from his audience–stating:
“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.”
This prompted Chrysler to release an immediate statement refuting the 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.
However, that has not deterred the Romney campaign from ‘doubling-down’ on the lie, releasing a new campaign ad in Ohio…continuing to mislead voters in a twisted effort to counter the criticism he received for his infamous New York Times Op-Ed in 2008, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”
This original false claim and the new Romney Campaign Ad (Video)—which, though more nuanced—still leaves an impression which is patently untrue; prompted blistering criticism and an editorial titled: “Flailing In Ohio: Romney rolls out Jeep ploy”, from the largest newspaper in Ohio, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, which said of Romney,
The Romney campaign clearly is being hurt by the fact that Chrysler and GM were saved by the decisions of President Barack Obama. So Romney and his surrogates claim that Obama essentially followed their blueprint for the rescue or that it really wasn’t a good deal — because some plants and dealerships closed — or, now, that the wolf is back at the door.
It won’t work. Ohio voters know who stepped up when the auto industry was at the abyss–and it wasn’t Romney.
Already having cemented his reputation as perhaps the most fluid, craven ‘flip-flopper’ in American presidential political history, Mitt has now sowed up his reputation as the most bold-faced liar as well.
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