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Anyone who has ever been to Beijing will know that Chrysler has been building Jeeps in China for decades, so what's Romney's problem?

One of the hallmarks of personal character, in my opinion, is the ability to admit you're wrong when the facts prove it.

So please explain to me why, in the light of the mountains of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the Republican challenger for the Presidency of the United States continues to hold to the line that Chrysler management is planning to move production of the Jeep product line to China.

Google the topic "Chrysler Moves Jeeps to China" and see what you come up with. Here's just some of what I found:

Chrysler repeats not moving Jeep work to China from U.S. | Reuters

Jeep Production Isn't Moving to China, Chrysler Chief Says | NY Times

Chrysler CEO: Jeep not moving to China | CBS News

Romney picks up incorrect story about Jeep production moving to China | Detroit News

Chrysler says not moving Jeep work to China from U.S. | Fox News

Marchionne: Chrysler not moving Jeep production to China | Michigan Live

Chrysler repeats not moving Jeep work to China from US | Chicago Tribune

No, Mr. Romney: Jeep Is Not Moving All Its Factories to China | Daily Finance

Chrysler CEO to employees: Jeep will remain in U.S. | Toledo Blade

Yet, rather than retract his comments or pull a political television commercial that asserts this factually incorrect position, which his campaign is airing all across Ohio, Mr. Romney continues to stand by his remarks in an effort to bolster his campaign in a state that is crucial to both parties in winning the Presidency.

Apparently, he based his original assertion on an erroneous article appearing in the Washington Examiner which alleged Fiat management was not only planning to resume production of Jeeps in China but also "may eventually make all of its models in that country."

Not known for its liberal leanings, the Washington Examiner (and/or Mr. Romney) appears to have misinterpreted Chrysler management remarks about resuming Cherokee production in China, suspended in 2009 as a result of the bankruptcy. For the record, Chrysler has built Jeep Cherokees in China for decades [see above photo of China-made Cherokee built in partnership with Chrysler]. When I was in Beijing in 1999 and again in 2002 [my hotel was next to Chrysler's China headquarters], they were nearly as prevalent as GM's Shanghai-built Buicks. Management also noted that should demand warrant it, Chrysler would also consider introducing its other Jeep models into the booming Chinese market.

Mr. Romney's comment about moving all Jeep production to China are so completely off the mark, that Sergio Marchionne, the head of the combined Chrysler Fiat partnership, categorically denied any plans to relocate Jeep to China.

What Mr. Romney took to be a political weapon for his campaign, may turn out to do him more harm than good for at least two reasons. First of all, it again demonstrates, like his premature remarks on the incident in Benghazi, that he prefers to shoot first and ask questions later, commenting before he has all the facts. Second and worse, in my view, when it is clearly demonstrated that his remarks and his campaign commercial are in error, he simply refuses to acknowledge it and admit he is mistaken. I don't know about you, but I find neither trait admirable nor desirable in anyone, especially someone aspiring to the highest office in the land. Combine them both, and you have a volatile mixture with potentially dangerous consequences.

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  •  Can I Ask Maybe A Stupid Car Question (0+ / 0-)

    I drive a 1999 V6 VW Passat. The thing only has like 30,000 miles on it cause, well I've always lived in places with great public transportation, so I don't drive if I don't have to. I love the thing, and it looks like it is brand new, cause it often sits in a garage.

    I know it was made in Germany (now made in Mexico) cause I wanted a V6 with all the options, but a manual transmission. I couldn't find one in the US so I had to order it.

    It took me more than two months to get it.

    Don't most car companies, and this is my maybe stupid question, don't you want to build the things in or at least very near (like Mexico for US consumption) to where you sell the darn things?

    I get you can make an iPod in China and ship it here with a few thousands others and it not cost much. But a fucking car, that has to be really, really expensive.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 03:01:34 PM PDT

  •  ... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    webranding

    http://corporate.ford.com/...
    Ford news of new Models in China .

    http://www.dailyfinance.com/...

    But lost in all that failure was a surprising success story: General Motors had become the No. 1 automaker in the world's largest auto market -- China.
    GM is hardly the only Western success story in China, of course. Archrival Volkswagen's (VLKAY) sales are a close second to GM's, and global giants like Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC) have strong presences as well. A latecomer to the party, Ford (F), has invested more than $5 billion in local factories in an effort to catch up -- and it's off to a good start: Sales of its just-introduced Focus have been brisk.

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 03:05:25 PM PDT

    •  I Got Hooked On Top Gear Via BBC America (0+ / 0-)

      a few years ago. Sure most of the time they review like $250,000+ "super cars." But at times they will review a Ford or GM. They often cost like $18,000 and get 70 MPG. These are not hybrids. The are diesel. But alas, we can't buy them here in the US.

      It always stuns me when folks say well Ford or GM can't build the kind of cars that get great, great gas mileage. But alas THEY ALREADY DO, we just can't buy them here.

      Nobody has ever been able to explain this to me ....

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 03:09:50 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Here's the above, with the corresponding links (0+ / 0-)

    Suitable for copy-and-paste sharing

    Romney Claim:

    Mitt Romney: "Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China." - Mitt Romney, October 25, 2012 in Defiance, OH
    http://www.youtube.com/...

    "Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China." - Romney campaign ad, titled "Who Will Do More?" released October 26, 2012
    http://www.youtube.com/...

    The Facts:

    Chrysler repeats not moving Jeep work to China from U.S. - Reuters
    http://www.reuters.com/...

    Jeep Production Isn't Moving to China, Chrysler Chief Says, NY Times
    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/...

    Chrysler CEO: Jeep not moving to China - CBS News
    http://www.cbsnews.com/...

    Romney picks up incorrect story about Jeep production moving to China - Detroit News
    http://www.detroitnews.com/...

    Chrysler says not moving Jeep work to China from U.S. - Fox Business News
    http://www.foxbusiness.com/...

    Marchionne: Chrysler not moving Jeep production to China - Michigan Live
    http://www.mlive.com/...

    Chrysler repeats not moving Jeep work to China from US - Chicago Tribune
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/...

    No, Mr. Romney: Jeep Is Not Moving All Its Factories to China - Daily Finance
    http://www.dailyfinance.com/...

    Chrysler CEO to employees: Jeep will remain in U.S. - Toledo Blade
    http://www.toledoblade.com/...

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