Speaking to voters in Defiance, Ohio, last week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said: "I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China."
Romney was apparently responding to reports, on Thursday, on right-wing blogs that intentionally misinterpreted a recent Bloomberg News story.
Chrysler, which owns Jeep, quickly stated: "Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China. It’s simply reviewing the opportunities to return Jeep output to China for the world’s largest auto market."
"U.S. Jeep assembly lines will continue to stay in operation. A careful and unbiased reading of the Bloomberg take would have saved unnecessary fantasies and extravagant comments.”
Instead of apologizing for the false claim, Romney’s new television ad (video below) repeats Romney's false claim and uses a tiny part of the Bloomberg News story: "plan to to return Jeep output to China."
However, "output" refers to selling Jeeps to China, not building Jeeps in China. In fact, Chrysler-Jeep is planning to build more Jeeps in Ohio soon, adding 2,000 more jobs, reports MSNBC.
Romney’s new ad also mentions a recent endorsement by The Detroit News, which picked Romney over Pres. Obama, but fails to mention that The Detroit News said Romney was “wrong” twice on the auto bailouts.