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Romney: Jeep trick

The Des Moines Register endorsed Romney over the weekend: “American voters are deeply divided about this race. The Register’s editorial board, as it should, had a vigorous debate over this endorsement. Our discussion repeatedly circled back to the nation’s single most important challenge: pulling the economy out of the doldrums, getting more Americans back in the workforce in meaningful jobs with promising futures, and getting the federal government on a track to balance the budget in a bipartisan manner that the country demands. Which candidate could forge the compromises in Congress to achieve these goals? When the question is framed in those terms, Mitt Romney emerges the stronger candidate.”

The Boston Globe: “Mitt Romney embarked on a swing of Florida Saturday by pledging to work in bipartisan fashion with Democrats and by seeking to demonstrate that he has empathy for families who are struggling economically. To a remarkable degree, Romney in the home stretch of the 2012 campaign is sounding like President Obama during the 2008 race. In emotional terms during a stop in Pensacola, he expressed his connection to the economically disadvantaged.”

Romney: “I think of single moms today who are scrimping and saving to have a good meal on the table.”

Misleading… The Detroit Free Press: “Romney repeats false claim of Jeep outsourcing to China; Chrysler refutes story.” Where it came from: “Romney apparently was referencing conservative bloggers who misrepresented a Bloomberg story from Monday that discussed Chrysler’s decision to consider starting Jeep production in China, the world’s largest new-vehicle market.”

And get this: “In fact, Chrysler is investing $500 million at its Toledo North Assembly Plant and plans to add 1,105 new workers by the third quarter of 2013 to build an all-new SUV that will replace the Jeep Liberty.”

And then… “Mitt Romney's campaign has released an ad in Ohio that says he -- and not President Barack Obama -- will do more to help the auto industry, even though Obama's administration is widely credited with helping to turn around General Motors and Chrysler when they faced collapse,” the Detroit Free Press writes. “In the ad, the Romney campaign also says that Jeep, now owned by Italian automaker Fiat after going through a structured bankruptcy in 2009, is going to make cars in China. While true, that production would represent an expansion or return of jobs to China for Chrysler, not a transfer of North American jobs. It is also a move which analysts say could improve the brand's global standing.” More: The ad “is an attempt by Romney to try to turn the auto rescue against Obama in a state that could make or break Romney's presidential hopes. After Michigan, Ohio had more auto manufacturing jobs as of September than any other state, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

The Toledo Blade: “Romney's TV ad is a more accurate interpretation of a Bloomberg News report last week than what he said at a rally in Defiance Thursday. There he told the crowd he had read a report that, ‘one of the great manufacturers of this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China.’” But: “Mr. Romney indicated his support of federal loan guarantees in the 2008 newspaper column, titled ‘Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,’ but he opposed the extension of federal cash directly to the two companies, which he later criticized as ‘crony capitalism.’”

The piece the Romney campaign cites as back up “goes on to say, however, that Chrysler currently builds all Jeep SUV models in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio, and any production sites in China would be new ones making cars for Chinese buyers,” National Journal writes. More: “The ad is correct in saying that Obama took Chrysler and GM into bankruptcy (narration that’s illustrated with footage of cars being crushed). What the ad doesn’t say is that Obama helped the car companies through the process by providing government loans, which Romney opposed.”

Bloomberg/BusinessWeek’s Josh Barro after the last debate: “The president has it right on the merits that if you didn’t inject cash at the same time that you did that backed by the government that at least Chrysler would not have been possible to reorganize.”

Some guy in Indiana tattooed his face with the Romney logo for $15,000. The man “said a lot of people have hurled insults at him. But he plans to auction off space on his forehead next.”