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.”
The amount the NRA has given Sen. John McCain (R-Az) over the years, more than anyone else in Congress. McCain recently voted against a ban that would keep people on the federal No-Fly list from buying guns.
Of more than 150 experienced Florida politicos asked to assess Rubio’s re-election prospects in the Florida Insider Poll predicted Rubio would win if the Democratic U.S. Senate nominee is Alan Grayson, according to Tampa Bay Times. “But if Democrats nominate Patrick Murphy, only 55 percent think Rubio will win a second term.”
Of Americans view the Republican Party favorably, the lowest level recorded since the poll’s inception, according to a new Bloomberg poll. The Democratic Party, by contrast, is seen favorably by 49%.
“More than a third of likely voters backing Democrat Hillary Clinton in the latest Bloomberg Politics national poll say she should pick Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a darling of the party’s liberal wing, as her running mate. … On the Republican side, almost a third of likely voters supporting Donald Trump say former House Speaker Newt Gingrich would be his best pick.”
Of likely voters would prefer to have a beer with Donald Trump as compared to 37% who would like to have a beer with Hillary Clinton, according to a new Rasmussen survey.
Buck Banks | Jun. 17, 2016
When asked with whom they’d rather have a beer,
Nearly half said “Trump,” to raise a glass of cheer.
And it’s probably true
Donald’d gladly drink with you,
As long as you weren’t female, a Mexican, black or queer.
Ugh or yuck is my response. I think Barry would be appalled that his home was being used for that purpose. Barry would be appalled by Mr. Trump’s behavior — the unintelligent and unfiltered and crude communications style. And he’s shallow — so, so shallow.
— Susan Goldwater Levine, the widow of the late Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-AZ), when asked by the Washington Post about Donald Trump.
I think the tailspin could be really bad — historic proportions bad. I think it’ll be a historically bad loss. I’ve said that from the very beginning.
— Former White House press secretary Tony Fratto, quoted by The Hill, on the impact of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign on the Republican party.
I’m not often critical of the media, but I am this year. And it’s driven mostly by television, and ratings. They never really vetted Bernie Sanders, and to this day have not vetted Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton? Oh my God. No human being in history has been more vetted.
— Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson (R), quoted by City Pages, announcing his support for Hillary Clinton who he said is a “very kind, a very good person.”
When they get together, they can talk about their policies about being anti-woman. Since Sen. McConnell has so enthusiastically embraced Trump, we can only assume he agrees with Trump’s view that women are dogs and pigs.
— Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, quoted by Roll Call.
There’s no magic to the phrase radical Islam. It’s a political talking point. The reason I am careful has nothing to do with political correctness and everything to do with defeating extremism. … ISIS wants to claim they are the true leaders of over a billion Muslims across the world who reject their crazy notions… That’s their propaganda, that’s how they recruit. If we fall into the trap of painting all Muslims with a broad brush we are doing the terrorists’ work for them.
— President Obama, responding to Donald Trump’s nonsense on NBC News.