Romney Campaign Challenges Criticism from Automakers

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Mitt Romney is hearing criticism today on several fronts, over the way his campaign ads are describing President Barack Obama's auto industry bailout.

Vice President Joe Biden is accusing Romney of telling an "outrageous lie." Newspapers are attacking the ad campaign. And Chrysler and GM are protesting the ads.

A TV ad from Romney says Obama "sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build jeeps in China." A radio ad says, "GM cut 15,000 American jobs," but adds that the company is planning to "double the number of cars built in China" -- and it says that means "15,000 more jobs for China." And it says Chrysler is starting to build cars there.

In fact, Chrysler is adding 1,100 jobs to its plant in Toledo. It's adding production facilities in China as demand for cars there grows. Because of trade rules, it's easier for companies to build cars for the Chinese market in China.

GM and China have taken issue with the ads, emphasizing that they are not sending jobs abroad that would otherwise employ Americans.

Newspapers in major Ohio cities all ran stories or editorials highlighting the objections of the car companies, or mentioning problems with the ads.

Romney's campaign insists the ads are accurate.

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