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.”
A new Public Policy Polling survey finds Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump, 42% to 37%, followed by Gary Johnson at 6%, Jill Stein at 4% and Evan McMullin at 1%. “A month ago Clinton actually led 46/41 but both she and Trump’s support has dropped by 4 points, with support for third party candidates increasing from 8% to 11% and the level of undecideds increasing from 5% to 10%. It’s a similar story in the head to head- Clinton’s 5 point lead is the same as a month ago, but now it’s 48/43 instead of 50/45 with undecideds increasing from 5% to 9%.”
A new NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll finds Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump has narrowed nationally to 48% to 42%.
A new Monmouth poll finds Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump nationally by 46% to 39%, followed by Gary Johnson at 7% and Jill Stein at 2%. Last month’s poll showed Clinton ahead by 13 points.
Amount traffic fatalities rose in the United States in 2015, Reuters reports. “That runs counter to five decades of decreases. Cheaper gas, leading to more miles driven may be partly to blame. The last time U.S. traffic fatalities rose at a greater rate was in 1966, when they went up 8.1 percent. That was two years before the federal government required seat belts in cars.”
Of Donald Trump’s voters would use the word ‘evil’ to describe Hillary Clinton. Among Clinton voters, 66% describe Trump as ‘evil,’ according to an Economist/YouGov poll.
Buck Banks | Aug. 30, 2016
Li’l Marco ran for Senate when he said he wouldn’t,
And he could win, though we think he shouldn’t.
Could he promise to serve
A full six-year term?
His constituents asked, and he said no, he couldn’t.
If you were a presidential candidate who polled low among women, who was on your third wife, who had a reputation for womanizing and a professional relationship with a man who’d recently been axed from his job for sexual harassment, would you respond to the latest Anthony Weiner scandal by A. Staying out of it; B. Changing the subject; or C. Attacking your opponent by making a dubious connection between Weiner’s behavior and her own? If you chose C, congratulations: This election has officially warped your sense of good judgment.
— Olivia Nuzzi, The Daily Beast.
We’re losing our country. Look at the Super Bowl salute to the Black Panther cop killers. It’s time to stand up and vote for Donald Trump for president and vote for me, David Duke for the U.S. Senate.”
— A new robocall from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
It’s a very complicated subject…It’s some mysterious triumph of lacquering and weaving and taxidermy that really cannot be understood.
— Comic strip artist Garry Trudeau, describing Donald Trump’s hair, and his depiction thereof in his cartoon, “Doonesbury.”
After long and careful consideration and work on my marriage, I’ve made the decision to separate from my husband.
— Huma Abedin, quoted by ABC News, after husband and ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was caught in yet another sexting scandal.
I think the assessment was that Donald Trump would try and do some things to appeal to the middle of the electorate, to appeal to suburban college-educated women. He’s not. I mean, basically, we have a psychopath running for President. I mean, he meets the clinical definition, okay?
— Former Obama campaign chief David Plouffe, citing Trump’s “grandiose notion of self-worth, pathological lying, lack of empathy and remorse,” in an interview on NBC News.