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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop at Bun's Restaurant in Deleware, Ohio October 10, 2012.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION)
Mitt Romney's relentless lying about Jeep moving production jobs to China has spurred Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne to push back, making it clear in no uncertain terms that Chrysler is committed to keeping and creating those jobs in the United States. Because of the "public debate" over the Jeep jobs, "I feel obliged to unambiguously restate our position," Marchionne wrote in an email to employees. "Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China."

Marchionne's email cites a litany of examples of Chrysler's commitment to building Jeeps and creating jobs in the U.S., beginning with the fact that "U.S. production of our Jeep models has nearly tripled" since 2009.

  • We will invest more than $1.7 billion to develop and produce the next generation Jeep SUV, the successor of the Jeep Liberty — including $500 million directly to tool and expand our Toledo Assembly Complex and will be adding about 1,100 jobs on a second shift by 2013.
  • At our Jefferson North Assembly Plant, where we build the Jeep Grand Cherokee, we have created 2,000 jobs since June 2009 and have invested more than $1.8 billion.
  • In Belvidere, where we build two Jeep models, we have added two shifts since 2009 resulting in an additional 2,600 jobs.
No wonder Marchionne felt the need to write this: Romney is trying to convince Jeep workers that they are in danger of losing their jobs, pouring money into ads claiming just that. Trying to use lies to frighten people into voting for you goes beyond cynicism to being incredibly callous—something that's in line with everything we know about Mitt Romney's approach to working people. As far as he's concerned, they're backdrops or pawns or easy cuts to make. It's how he's running, and it's how he'd govern.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM PDT.

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