Apparently, Mitt Romney is running against the US auto industry in the last week of the election. The Detroit Free Press says Romney's got a new ad with two questionable facts in it:
“Barack Obama says he saved the auto industry. But for who? Ohio or China?” says the narrator in a radio spot running in Ohio. “Under President Obama, GM cut 15,000 American jobs, but they are planning to double the number of cars built in China, which means 15,000 more jobs for China. And now comes word that Chrysler plans to start making Jeeps in, you guessed it, China.”
GM quickly defended its performance.
“We've clearly entered some parallel universe during these last few days,” GM spokesman Greg Martin said. “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.”
Separately, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne used an e-mail to employees today to refute the implication in a Romney TV ad that Chrysler may move all Jeep production from the U.S. to China.
I really don't see the strategy in this. I guess Romney is trying to cultivate fear in Ohio that their jobs may only be temporary, but it really sounds more like he's anti-automotive industry.