November 2, 2012 |
TOLEDO, Ohio - The demand for Jeep Wranglers outstrips supply these days, so the assembly line keeps cranking straight through the lunch shift at the Toledo factory where Chrysler builds them. "I'm putting a new conveyor in right here," Tyson Stoll, who manages part of the plant, said Thursday as workers bolted axles onto each chassis rolling down the line. He pointed to tires running through a shiny balancing machine. "This is brand-new equipment," Stoll said. Across the floor was another sign of the plant's revival: Beeping forklifts were making their way around a vast warehouse recently built to accommodate the growing stacks of crates full of Wrangler shock absorbers, clutches and other equipment.
November 2, 2012 |
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - President Obama accused Mitt Romney of frightening auto workers for political gain here Friday as he tries to turn concern about the future of the auto industry into votes for his reelection. In a gymnasium filled with 4,000 supporters, Obama hammered Romney for television ads suggesting Jeep jobs may be on their way to China. Union leaders report that workers at the Toledo plant have been calling to find out if they're losing their jobs. “You don't scare hardworking Americans just to scare up some votes,” Obama said.
November 1, 2012
Re "Romney ad blasts Obama on auto industry," Oct. 30 The article states that one of Mitt Romney's ads "erroneously implies that the president's actions prompted a car manufacturer to send jobs overseas. " That is probably true, but not nearly as outrageous as the president saying that Romney would have let General Motors go bankrupt or The Times citing Romney's "opposition to the auto bailout," both of which imply that Romney would have let GM go out of business. In a 2008 New York Times op-ed article, Romney proposed saving GM through a bankruptcy restructuring with the government guaranteeing new loans that would be needed to keep it going.
October 31, 2012 |
Mitt Romney earned four Pinocchios -- the Washington Post ranking indicating the worst of the misleading campaign statements -- and a "Pants on Fire" label from Politifact for his comment on how he'd be a bigger hero to the nation's car industry than President Obama has been. Specifically, the GOP hopeful contended that Obama's successful bailout of GM and Chrysler had led to jobs being shifted from the United States to overseas. In fact, any overseas jobs are additional jobs created, not jobs taken from this country, and are an indication of the companies' success in selling internationally, which can only be good for this country.
October 30, 2012 |
One of President Obama's talking points on the campaign trail has been the revival of General Motors and Chrysler, which would almost certainly have gone into liquidation had his administration not kept them afloat through a government-led bankruptcy and restructuring in 2009. But a commercial that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been airing in Ohio (and online) tries to cast Obama's actions in a considerably more negative light. That's not surprising in and of itself.
October 30, 2012 |
AVON LAKE, Ohio — In a sign of continued concern over the political impact of his opposition to the auto bailout, Mitt Romney is airing an ad that blames President Obama for sending auto companies into bankruptcy and erroneously implies that the president's actions prompted a car manufacturer to send jobs overseas. Thousands of jobs in the upper Midwest were tied to the auto bailout — $80 billion in federal loans to GM and Chrysler — that many credit with saving the industry.