Romney campaign surrogate Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) stood by a new Romney ad in Ohio blaming the auto-industry rescue for Jeep production in China, saying that “the Romney campaign stands by it and believes that it’s accurate,” during an appearance on MSNBC Monday.
The ad, the press became aware of on Sunday, provides misleading information about Obama’s auto bailout and Chrysler’s plans to begin Jeep production in China — prompting negative reactions from members of the media. Jeep has said it plans to begin production in China for Chinese consumers and has no plans to outsource Ohio production.
The ad that Mitt Romney is running in Ohio is so dishonest that it got attention, but Romney has been lying about the auto bailout for a year now. Even his supporters admit it:
In addition to being one of New York’s top Republicans, Wilson was senior adviser to President Obama’s Task Force on the Auto Industry. Wilson is not only backing Romney for president, he is the finance chair for Republican Matt Doheny in one of the state’s hottest congressional races.
Wilson appeared on October 23 on Bloomberg News’s In the Loop and was asked by host Betty Liu about Romney’s claims in the last debate that he’d supported a form of federal assistance to GM and Chrysler, namely “post bankruptcy” government guarantees to private lenders. Liu tried to soften the case against Romney in her question to Wilson, asserting that both Romney and Obama “were essentially right” in their bailout comments, but Wilson would have none of it.
“I’m, as you know, a Republican who supports the governor. But I think on this issue, I think he’s really mishandled it,” said Wilson.
A startled Liu: “Romney has mishandled it?”
“Yes,” continued Wilson. “He came out both in 2008 and earlier in 2012, in a piece in one of the Detroit newspapers, and said he wouldn’t have supported any government capital because private capital was available. That’s simply not true. The president said that last night.”
Liu interjected that the unavailability of private money was backed up by a Congressional Budget Office report.
“Absolutely,” added Wilson. “We tried everything we could to find private money. I personally would have dramatically preferred private money. It just wasn’t available because of the crisis we were in. And the greatest thing about this point is that it is the easiest thing in the world to prove or disprove. All you need is one person to come forward and say, ‘Oh, I would have provided private capital, and here’s an example of where I said that in 2009.’ And no one has said that in three years, cause it’s just not true.”
Well, Romney’s New York supporters admit it. His Ohio supporters stand there like dopes while he lies to people here. Rob Portman stood there applauding in Defiance, Ohio when Mitt Romney launched this latest auto bailout lie. Portman will still be an Ohio Senator after Mitt Romney loses the Presidential election. It’s okay with Rob Portman if “Boston” makes up a story to sell to the rubes in rural Ohio? John Boehner is with Romney today. The auto industry is pretty important to Ohio’s economy. Portman and Boehner are just fine with the Romney campaign telling people Ohio auto production is moving to China?