Now that the party conventions are over, the meat of the 2012 US Presidential campaign gets underway. Non-stop campaign stops in battle ground states and wall-to-wall advertisements on TV and radio. Except this week here in Ohio. Ads from the Romney campaign have been few and far between. Since the Democratic Convention ended I’ve seen one ad from a pro-Romney super pac and one Romney ad. Picking up where the GOP left off during their convention, the new Romney ad is less than truthful and contradicts Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich.
Text used in the new Romney ad titled “A Better Future: Ohio – Manufacturing”:
Under President Obama, Ohio is not better off.
His failed economic and trade policies with China have destroyed thousands of jobs.
Mitt Romney will stand up to China and create over 450,000 new jobs here in Ohio.
The problem is what Ohio Governor John Kasich said in his convention speech:
And you know I watched in horror as we saw the Italians and the French and the Spanish and the Greeks have their credit downgrade. And I remember the night I watched America’s credit go downgraded. But in Ohio instead of our credit going down the drain our credit outlook has been improved because it’s been recognized that we are managing our finances and creating jobs.But, ladies and gentlemen, when over those last four years we had lost 400,000 jobs; in Ohio today, we have grown new jobs by 122,000. 122,000 thousand families better off. (Applause) But you know what? The wind is in our face. The President has given us head winds. President Obama has doubled the national debt. I was chairman of the Budget Committee when we balanced the budget in ’97. And I looked with horror up at that clock that shows $15 trillion dollars in the national debt. That’s the sword of Damocles hanging over our children’s head. And the President is doing nothing about it. In fact, each year, he’s increasing that by $1 trillion dollars, $1 trillion dollars.
Romney has to tell a lie about Ohio because he is trying to get hired to fix things even as the President’s policies are making things better everyday. Gov. Kasich has to fib by claiming President Obama is hurting Ohio but not enough to make Kasich look bad.
It wouldn’t be the first time that Kasich has fibbed:
Absent from Kasich’s speech was any mention of Obama’s auto bailout, popular in a state where auto industry jobs employ thousands. Some of the jobs improvement has come from the recovering auto sector.
Just last week, General Motors announced it will invest $220 million at two Ohio factories to build the next generation Chevrolet Cruze compact car. The company says the investment in new equipment will preserve more than 5,000 jobs at factories in Parma near Cleveland, and Lordstown, near Youngstown.
It was a familiar tightrope act for Kasich, who must persuade Ohio voters to cast ballots against Obama even as the state’s economy continues to improve in part thanks to initiatives like the bailout.
The fact is the President’s policies actually helped Ohio add jobs since the 2008 melt down and most of that was saving the auto industry. The same industry Romney wanted to go bankrupt. Romney blaming the economy on China is ironic since he made money from investments with the Chinese.
Don’t worry. I think Romney is saving his ad dollars for the late campaign period starting in October. If that does happen I may need to turn off my TV or DVR everything to skip all the ads.