October 29, 2012 by David K. Sutton
Chrysler Shipping Jobs To China? Nope, It’s Just Another Romney Lie
All politicians and all political campaigns stretch the truth at times, but Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has been callously dishonest. The latest in a string of flat-out lies comes with Romney’s attempt to sour Obama’s rescue of the auto industry. Instead of telling voters how he would improve the auto industry, Romney instead says that Chrysler plans to ship jobs to China. He said this more than once on the campaign trail and now there is a Romney campaign ad running in Ohio with the same false claim:
The ad references a Bloomberg report from 10/22/2012 that stated Chrysler “plans to return Jeep output to China.” I mean, even out of context you can tell that this is not a reference to jobs. Chrysler’s intention is to sell Jeeps and possibly its entire model lineup in China. This may include production in China, but for the Chinese market, not the U.S. market.
U.S. production of Chrysler vehicles for the U.S. market will remain unchanged, regardless of what Mitt Romney would like you to believe for political purposes.
Even more remarkable than this latest flat-out lie by Mitt Romney is the unprecedented response by a big corporation to a claim made by a presidential candidate. Chrysler spokesman Gualberto Ranieri said the idea that production would shift to China and idle U.S. auto assembly “is a leap that would be difficult even for professional circus acrobats.”