For the third time in a week, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and the auto industry are at loggerheads, this time over a Romney radio ad implying that GM and Chrysler are expanding production in China at the cost of American jobs.
The ad claimed that “Under President Obama, GM cut 15,000 American jobs, but they are planning to double the number of cars built in China, which means 15,000 more jobs for China.”
The accusation drew a dismissive response from a GM spokesman, who explained, “We’ve clearly entered some parallel universe during these last few days. No amount of campaign politics at its cynical worst will diminish our record of creating jobs in the U.S. and repatriating profits back to this country.”
The ad further claimed that “Chrysler plans to start making Jeeps in, you guessed it, China.”
Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne refuted Romney’s comments in an email sent yesterday to Chrysler employees: “Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China,” Marchionne wrote, touting Chrysler’s recent production expansions in America.
It was not the first time Romney claimed that Chrysler was shifting production to China, nor was it the first time Chrysler rebuked Romney’s charge.
When Romney told an Ohio audience last week that “Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China,” Chrysler colorfully waved away the charge.
“It is a leap that would be difficult even for professional circus acrobats,” wrote Chrysler spokesman Gualberto Ranieri in a blog post. “Let’s set the record straight: Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China.”
“Of registered voters say they approve of the job Obama is doing as president, compared to 46 percent who disapprove. The last time more than half of the electorate gave Obama a thumbs up in the poll was in January 2013, when Obama took the oath of office after his successful re-election campaign against Republican Mitt Romney;” President Obama has hit his highest approval rating since his second inauguration, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.
57% to 39%
Hillary Clinton’s lead on Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, according to a new SurveyUSA poll in California. The results of the poll showed that Sanders continues to lead among the youngest voters, while Clinton leads by 12 points among voters age 35 to 49.
Of all adults say Donald Trump should release his tax returns — 54% feel strongly about the issue — while just 31% are OK with Trump not releasing his returns, according to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll. Among registered voters, the numbers change only slightly, with 60% saying he should release and 34% saying they are OK if he doesn’t.
46% to 43%
Amount by which a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds Clinton leading Trump. Also interesting: “Asked if they would consider a third-party candidate if Clinton and Trump were the major party nominees, 47 percent of registered voters say yes — a higher percentage than those who said yes on a similar question in 2008 and 2012.”
46% to 44%
Spread by which a new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows Donald Trump just ahead of Hillary Clinton in the presidential race. Key findings: “Never in the history of the Post-ABC poll have the two major party nominees been viewed as harshly as Clinton and Trump. Nearly 6 in 10 registered voters say they have negative impressions of both major candidates. Overall, Clinton’s net negative rating among registered voters is minus-16, while Trump’s is minus-17, though Trump’s numbers have improved since March.”
Buck Banks | May. 24, 2016
For Marco Rubio, the veep question is moot,
Though Jesse Ventura as veep would be a hoot.
But with six wives between ’em
And no one more loathsome,
Imagine the abominable ticket of Donald and Newt!
It’s pathetic… I don’t know what happened to Mitt, but it is weird; it is bizarre. Having a guy like that go berserk in public makes you wonder what his problems are.
— Newt Gingrich, lambasting Mitt Romney for his failed drive to derail Donald Trump, calling his actions “pathetic” and his effort “not particularly effective,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
I think Newt is lobbying to be the vice president, and I think their people are paying a lot of attention to him. … It’d be a ticket with six former wives, kind of like a Henry VIII thing. They certainly understand women.
— Trump super PAC operative Ed Rollins, acknowledging that Newt Gingrich “has, in effect, launched his own campaign” to become Donald Trump’s running mate, National Review reports.
I do not want Americans and, you know, good-thinking Republicans, as well as Democrats and independents, to start to believe that this is a normal candidacy.
“Continuing to treat a victory over Senator Bernie Sanders as a fait accompli, Hillary Clinton on Sunday questioned Donald Trump’s business record and assailed his ideas, warning that the coming weeks represented a critical period in which, if left unchallenged, Mr. Trump could ‘normalize himself’ as he seeks to broaden his support,” the New York Times reports.
To say ‘Well, he would not really have the power to accomplish that’ is to misunderstand the nature of thin-skinned authoritarians in power. They do not arrive in office and discover, as constitutionalists do, that their capabilities are more limited than they imagined. They arrive, and then make their power as large as they can.
— Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
I suspect I’m going to be helping him in a myriad ways — but if it’s the vice presidency, if a cabinet position is where he needs somebody with my experience then I’m not going to go back to Texas and say, ‘Aw shucks sir, I’m gonna go fishing.’ I’m gonna go serve my country.
— Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who once called Donald Trump “a cancer on conservatism,” told CNN that he would be willing to serve as the presumptive Republican nominee’s vice president.