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UAW: Romney doubles down on Jeep lie

10/28/12

Romney continues misinformation and hypocrisy on Chrysler

DETROIT – Even after Chrysler Corp.'s Gualberto Ranieri, vice president of communications, said Friday, “Let's set the record straight: Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China,” the Romney campaign put out a false and misleading ad basically repeating his bogus statement made Thursday in Ohio that Chrysler was moving all Jeep production to China.

All patriotic Americans should be applauding Chrysler’s amazing comeback and the billions of dollars that Chrysler is investing right here in the United States, creating tens of thousands of direct auto and “ripple” jobs in the United States.

One important example of this is Chrysler’s huge $500 million investment in its Jeep Toledo Assembly Complex and the addition of 1,100 jobs in this Ohio facility. This investment will also create another 5,000 to 10,000 “ripple” jobs in Ohio. Chrysler has added 7,000 jobs at American and Canadian Chrysler plants since 2009 and will add a third crew next week at the Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit where the Jeep Grand Cherokee and other models are made.

“What is especially hypocritical of Mr. Romney’s statements and new ad is Bain Capital’s closing of profitable U.S. facilities and shifting work to China to make even higher profits like what is happening today in closing a profitable Sensata plant in Freeport, Ill., to move the work to China,” said UAW President Bob King. “Romney says in the ad that he will fight for every American job, so why isn’t he fighting for the American jobs at Sensata? And why isn’t he intervening with his own Bain Capital to keep these jobs in the U.S. rather than outsourcing them to China? We just wish that Mr. Romney was as committed to investing in the U.S. as Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is.

“Americans will remember that President Obama stood behind American working families and American communities in rescuing the U.S. auto industry and that Mr. Romney opposed the rescue and now attacks Chrysler with misinformation. In putting out this misinformation, Romney is recklessly undermining Chrysler’s reputation and threatening good American jobs,” King added.