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 Americans have an unfavorable impression of the Republican party compared to 33% who view the party favorably, according to a new Pew Research survey.
Number of Hispanics expected vote nationwide in 2016, compared to 11.2 million in 2012 and 9.7 million in 2008. “Registration among Hispanic voters is skyrocketing in a presidential election cycle dominated by Donald Trump and loud GOP cries to close the border,” The Hill reports.
Of GOP voters in Pennsylvania exit polls Tuesday said they support “temporarily banning Muslims who are not U.S. citizens from entering the U.S.” In New York last week, the number was 68 percent. “What was once furious Republican opposition to Donald Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban foreign Muslims from entering the U.S. has turned to virtual silence in the face of widespread GOP voter approval.”
— Byron York, Washington Examiner
Donald Trump has cracked 50% support among GOP voters for the first time, followed by Ted Cruz at 26% and John Kasich at 17%, according to new NBC News/Survey Monkey poll.
Amount that Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmentalist who spent millions to help elect Democrats in 2014, is spending to launch a campaign to drive the youth vote in November’s presidential and congressional elections, USA Today reports. “Steyer’s group, NextGen Climate, plans to target students on more than 200 college campuses in seven states that will be election battlegrounds in in November: Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, Nevada, Illinois and Colorado.”
Buck Banks | Apr. 29, 2016
We all know by now that Donald Trump is not likeable,
And as a president we suspect he would not be capable.
But one thing’s for sure
As the GOP convention nears —
If there’s one thing Trump is, it’s inevitable.
Lucifer in the flesh. I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.
— Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), quoted by the Stanford Daily, on Sen. Ted Cruz.
“The minute-to-minute coverage of the 2016 presidential primaries threatens to obscure the larger story: While Sen. Bernie Sanders is pressing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to move further and faster down the progressive road, Donald Trump is waging and winning the third major revolution in the Republican Party since World War II. … Mr. Trump’s candidacy has showed that the cadre of genuine social conservatives is smaller than long assumed, that grass-roots Republican support for large military commitments in the Middle East has withered, and that the business community is politically homeless. … So it has come to this: A mercantilist isolationist is the odds-on favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination.
— William Galston, The Wall Street Journal
Bernie Sanders has been treated terribly by the Democrats — both with delegates and otherwise. He should show them, and run as an Independent!
— Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested that Bernie Sanders has been treated unfairly by the Democratic Party and that the Vermont senator should abandon his run for the Democratic nomination and instead seek an independent path to the White House,” Politico reports.
Somebody should be indicted over Right to Rise. I would sue them for fraud.
— GOP donor Doug Deason, quoted by The Hill, about the super PAC that supported Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign.
I can do presidential folks, believe me.
— Donald Trump, quoted by NBC News, adding that it was “easy.”