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Romney’s Jeep Claim called the Political “Lie of the Year”

Campaign ad wins “four Pinocchios.”

by on Dec.13, 2012

GOP candidate Romney wound up taking fire from both Chrysler and General Motors for his claims during the final weeks of campaigning.

It looks as if Mitt Romney won something after all for his expensive campaign to become President of the United States despite his loss to the Democratic incumbent, Barack Obama.

PolitiFact has selected Romney’s claim that Barack Obama “sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China” at the cost of American jobs as the 2012 “Lie of the Year.” The site itself has notably been praised for holding politicians on all sides of the spectrum accountable for comments, claims and ads.

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“People often say that politicians don’t pay a price for deception, but this time was different: A flood of negative press coverage rained down on the Romney campaign, and he failed to turn the tide in Ohio, the most important state in the presidential election,” the influential web site noted.

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Auto Industry Helped Tilt Vote Towards Obama

Claims about Jeep and GM backfire for Romney.

by on Nov.07, 2012

Then-candidate Barack Obama looks under the hood of a Jeep in 2008. Obama's fortunes - and his re-election - have been tied to the auto industry.

Even as analysts pour over the data trying to get a clear understanding of what led President Barack Obama to victory on Tuesday, there’s a growing sense that the auto industry played a significant role, especially in the key battleground state of Ohio.

One of the most bitterly fought presidential campaigns in decades revealed significant strengths and weaknesses for both candidates. But as so often happens, external events – such as Superstorm Sandy – and campaign missteps including “inaccurate” last-minute claims about General Motors and Chrysler may have had as much of an impact on key voters as the debates, the endless political commercials and the long lists of endorsements claimed by either side.

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Perhaps nowhere is that more apparent than in Ohio, where voters’ decision in favor of the president was reported by the various TV networks as pushing Obama to re-election shortly after 11 PM EST.  CNN’s chief political analyst John King, who repeatedly parsed the results from swing states down to the county level, noted that while much of Ohio was “red,” the color assigned to Republicans, “the industrial north is solidly blue” in a corridor that took in automotive manufacturing centers such as Toledo and Cleveland and its suburbs.

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Chrysler CEO Marchionne Calls Out Romney Over False Jeep Ads

Exec pulled into political fray over "inaccurate" claims Jeep moving to China.

by on Oct.30, 2012

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne may have wanted to sit out the election but he's been pulled into the fray.

Despite declaring his desire to stay out of this year’s presidential battle, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has found himself drawn into the fray as he responded to a series of comments and political ads by GOP contender Mitt Romney, which he called “inaccurate.”

The Italian-born Marchionne made it clear in a note sent to Chrysler employees that statements and advertising by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney suggesting the company was moving Jeep production from its assembly complex in Toledo, Ohio to China was simply not true.

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“Chrysler Group’s production plans for the Jeep brand have become the focus of public debate,” the Chrysler CEO said in the statement that was also released to the media.

The domestic auto industry has become a central topic of debate between President Barack Obama, who approved the largest portion of an $84 billion government bailout of Chrysler and General Motors, and his Republican rival – Romney arguing against the rescue effort but also trying to claim he helped to save the two makers by demanding a “structured” bankruptcy.

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