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Last week, the Romney/ Ryan campaign once again proved that their primary strategy for this election is deception.
At a campaign rally in Ohio, a key battleground state and a major beneficiary of the 2009 auto bailout, Governor Romney informed the crowd of a story he had read earlier that day; stating “that one of the great manufacturers of this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China.” This was of course, far from accurate and a complete distortion of the article he was referring to, written in Bloomberg News.
Not only does Jeep have zero intention of moving all production from the U.S. to China, it has added about 7,000 jobs in North American since 2009. In actuality, the article in which Romney was referring to, explains that Chrysler, who owns Jeep, would be reopening its plants in China due to the increase in demand of Chinese costumers, never implying they were halting American production.
Executive, Gualberto Ranieri at Chrysler was quick to respond with a statement denouncing Romney’s dishonesty, saying “Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China… A careful and unbiased reading of the Bloomberg take would have saved unnecessary fantasies and extravagant comments.”
What did Romney do next? Apologize for his misrepresentation? No. Pretend that he had never made those comments and move on? No.
Instead, he began airing an ad making the exact same accusation.
If Governor Romney would decide to run a commercial reiterating a fact he had already been publically ostracized for stating, one can only wonder what ethical decisions he would make as President.
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