Obama camp pushes back on Romney’s Jeep/China lie


We talked earlier about Mitt Romney getting caught repeating a blatant untruth last week – he falsely claimed Jeep may be moving “all production to China” – then in an astounding display of chutzpah, turning that falsehood into a television ad.

This afternoon, the Obama released its response ad, targeting Romney’s “dishonesty.”

For those who can’t watch clips online, a voiceover tells viewers:

“When the auto industry faced collapse, Mitt Romney turned his back. Even the conservative Detroit News criticized Romney for his ‘wrong-headedness’ on the bailout. And now, after Romney’s false claim of Jeep outsourcing to China, Chrysler itself has refuted Romney’s lie. The truth? Jeep is adding jobs in Ohio.”

“Mitt Romney on Ohio jobs? Wrong then, dishonest now.”

As for Team Romney, its obviously misleading commercial is airing in at least two Ohio markets, though as Sam Stein noted, the campaign is choosing not to mount “a substantive defense of the ad’s content.” They’ve been exposed making fraudulent claims, but they don’t seem to give a damn.

Indeed, Romney aides are avoiding the most offensive lies in their ad, while also dodging the easy stuff – asked about the stated claim that Romney “plan to help the auto industry,” the campaign could offer nothing to support the claim.