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Michigan isn't the only state where the economy has benefited hugely from the revival of the auto industry; in Ohio, thousands of workers are getting bonus checks ranging from $1,500 to $7,000, and Toledo is getting 1,100 new jobs. So Mitt Romney's desire to "let Detroit go bankrupt" will resonate in Ohio as well as Michigan, and AFSCME is making sure Ohio voters don't forget about Romney's position. The public sector union is spending $350,000 in Ohio on the ad above.

Previously, AFSCME put $1 million into advertising against Romney in Florida, emphasizing his involvement, during his time at Bain Capital, with a company that committed Medicare fraud. As the choice of the key swing states of Florida and Ohio for major expenditures in the Republican primary highlights, AFSCME is looking to define Romney negatively before the general election season even kicks off. If it can weaken him in the primaries and draw out the primaries, so much the better, but these ads aren't solely intended to have an effect on the primary.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 10:00 AM PST.

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  •  If Mitt had been in charge of the Auto situation.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama

    he would have let the Execs run off with $$Billions, then he would have broken up the company, sold it off in pieces, breaking the union and putting people out of work.

    Yes siree, that's Capitalism to Mitt.

    "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." -- Hubert H. Humphrey

    by Candide08 on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 10:18:13 AM PST

  •  Excellent tactics. (3+ / 0-)
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    Sue B, polecat, Tinfoil Hat

    Rather than trying to interfere in the Republican primaries (a la Op: Hilarity, which is frankly a bad idea), the Democrats and Democrat supporters should be making hay out of them - as the AFSCME is doing.

    Let's face it. Romney is the only Republican candidate with the organisation, the money and the background to win the primaries. Gingrich is universally despised. Paul is a flake, with a rusted-on 20% of hte GOP base and nothing more. Santorum is too socially conservative for even most Republicans.

    So running general-season ads against Romney now, in order to define him on our terms in key swing states, is a masterstroke of political strategy.

    •  Yes, tearing Romney down is a tactic ... (2+ / 0-)
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      I wholeheartedly approve.

      Building up Santorum is much more problematic in my mind. I didn't have ethical scruples about it, it's just the danger of unintended consequences is too great.

      "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

      by Demi Moaned on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 07:14:33 PM PST

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  •  Another nice story of trickle down jobs is this (1+ / 0-)
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    one, from Davenport, where the new fuel standards are stimulating jobs for the new kinds of parts that will be needed. Lower emission, jobs making the cars, sounds good all round to me (except for poor Mitt, of course).

    As a public comment period closed Monday for new proposed federal fuel-economy standards, a major expansion project was underway in Davenport, Iowa. Alcoa Davenport Works, which rolls aluminum sheets and plates for the aerospace, defense and automotive industries, is spending $300 million to expand its facility. The reason: rising demand from automakers for lightweight vehicle materials.

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 10:23:21 AM PST

  •  All you do is use his own words (2+ / 0-)
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    Andrew C White, Amber6541

    And in this case, they are not even edited or misrepresented.

    Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. - Dalai Lama

    by kimoconnor on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 07:09:48 PM PST

  •  Somebody needs to go up with video... (3+ / 0-)
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    jedennis, Andrew C White, Amber6541

    of Romney's flip flop on supporting the Kasich union busting legislation and defeating the referendum vote.  At least those potentially affected unions should blast out a mailer or something.  

  •  he has already been labeled a say anything kind (1+ / 0-)
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    of politician. Time to label mitts as a liar.
    skip the flip flop that makes him sound like a fish out of water and like all the other politicians. It isnt hard to go from flip flops to lies.

    And this guy has told some whoppers.

  •  Remember the old ad campaign (4+ / 0-)

    Say, 'Unions, Yes!'? I'd like to offer up my 2012 version of that, "Unions? Fuck Yeah!"

    This is great, hitting Mittens with this over and over again is a winning strategy. Either he has to come back to the center (which could cause a 3rd party candidate to rush into the void of the hard right) or he has to stay the course and keep trashing unions which alienates the middle.

    Way to go unions! This is how to play politics in the big leagues!

    "What profit a man, if he gain the world, but has to pay taxes on it?" Paul 8:36

    From the Gospel of St. Ron Paul in the Teachings and Misunderstandings of the Words of Adam Smith

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 07:21:57 PM PST

  •  thanks Laura (3+ / 0-)
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    TerryDarc, Amber6541, Remediator

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 07:24:03 PM PST

  •  Being a Michigan fan (1+ / 0-)
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    and former resident of the state I usually give Ohio a lot of shit but on this one we stand together.

    My family helped found the city of Sylvania, Ohio (though it was supposed to be Whiteford, Michigan but that's a story unto itself). And my son lives there with his wife both of trying hard to get themselves established in their lives.

    Screw Rmoney.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 07:34:04 PM PST

  •  Mitt is going to tank (4+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, irmaly, Amber6541, fsbohnet

    in the midwest come November. Romney has offered no real solutions American manufacturing, the cornerstone of our economy and the lifeblood of the midwest. Then again, when you have $250 million, maybe you don't really give a damn if an assembly line worker can feed his family or not.

    •  Hopefully this will help take down (0+ / 0-)

      a few other people along with Mitt. I'm thinking especially of teabagging congressman Jim Renacci, into whose district — in their lust to shatter the Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) Democratic Party into shards — they plopped a big chunk of Cleveland's blue-collar, heavily unionized, heavily auto-industry-dependent southwest suburbs. And since they also dismantled congresswoman Betty Sutton's district she decided to run there. And she wrote Cash for Clunkers ... Needless to say, she has a decent shot of removing the blight that is Renacci from Congress.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 09:00:41 PM PST

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  •  Hey Mittens, (4+ / 0-)

     "Unions are people too, my friend."

    "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

    by Sybil Liberty on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 07:37:54 PM PST

  •  I may not be a native son of your state but (0+ / 1-)
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    Amber6541

    given the chance I would have fucked you over too.

    "I smoke. If this bothers anyone, I suggest you look around at the world in which we live and shut your fuckin' mouth." --- Bill Hicks

    by voroki on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 07:39:34 PM PST

  •  What's a Mitten to do? (0+ / 0-)

    He can't do enough to please the fundy nutcase wing of the GOP no matter what he does, but he can't help being caught up in the nutbags' anti-birth control lunacy, which hurts him with everyone except the nutbags--including a substantial portion of the GOP.  Meanwhile, he's a smarmy Capitalist who can't keep himself from blurting out how he likes firing people and doesn't care about the poor and publicly making $10 thousand dollar bets, running against unions and the working class in the Year of Occupy.

    Good luck with that.

    You can tell Monopoly is an old game because there's a luxury tax and rich people can go to jail.

    by Simian on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 08:08:41 PM PST

  •  I'm confused - when I visit this diary's page (0+ / 0-)

    I see the Mitt's World ad, which is great.  When I'm on the main dailykos page what I see under the same heading is an ad about Operation Hilarity which makes no sense at all to anyone who's not a diehard political junkie.  It's 90 second of a bad trip, full of confused references and images, and its cynical admission of manipulation will turn off a lot of people.  I'm IN FAVOR of Democrats voting for Santorum in open primary states but I sure hope this is not the ad that contributed money for.

    Silvio Levy

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