Magic Mittens, The Candidate of Change

Abby Zimet

Evidently Mittens didn't like his previous 8,472 incarnations, so in Ohio he's now unveiled his new theme of "real change, change that offers promise (that) the future will be better than the past." And hey, what better person to lead that charge and headline his big Texas fundraiser than...umm...Dick Cheney? Also Glenn Beck. Yup, that'll do it. In more un-newsy news, Romney lied again about Jeep moving from the U.S. to China, likely lied about Staples to help a friend rip off his wife, and lied/prevaricated/was just plain mean to block same-sex couples from having the same rights as everyone else. Don't forget to vote.

Media response to the latest, Jeep-moving-to-China lie:

Detroit Free Press: “Not only was the story wrong, Romney took criticism for not knowing better and repeating it without questioning it.”

Toledo Blade: “‘The latest Romney ad, I will grant you, is a clever play on words to avoid saying things that are utterly false,’ Mr. Rattner said, referring to a new Romney ad out today. But he said the implication of the ad is ‘just not true. Chrysler is adding people. It's made major investments in the Toledo Wrangler plant.’”

Huffington Post: “Where the ad goes from misleading to something more nefarious is in the text it shows. At one point, it displays a line from a Bloomberg story stating that Chrysler "plans to return Jeep output to China," the implication being that the company is moving operations there as opposed to expanding operations that are already there.”

Wall Street Journal: “So far, the Romney campaign hasn’t issued a public statement on the flap.”

Sam Stein ‏@samsteinhp i asked this morning and am still waiting this evening: anyone have a sound defense of this Romney Jeep ad?

Ron Fournier ‏@ron_fournier Nope "@samsteinhp: i asked this morning and am still waiting this evening: anyone have a sound defense of this Romney Jeep ad?"

Ben White ‏@morningmoneyben Wait, not only did Romney camp not back off the erroneous Jeep to China canard, they made an ad out of it? My god

Ben White ‏@morningmoneyben @davidshepardson it's astonishingly misleading

Joe Vardon ‏@joevardon Wait, Jeep isn't considering moving manufacturing to China? But Romney said in Ohio ...

McKay Coppins ‏@mckaycoppins There's really no good explanation or excuse for it. Mitt Romney's Jeep ad is misleading. Full stop.

Tim Dickinson ‏@7im"Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China"

Michael Cohen ‏@speechboy71 The mendaciousness of Romney's new auto ad is breathtaking even for him:

Travis Waldron ‏@Travis_Waldron Mitt can't tell the truth about GM/Chrysler, because the truth is simple: At every turn, he was wrong.

Sam Stein ‏@samsteinhp The Romney campaign did defend the Jeep ad to me, by citing the Bloomberg piece that has been called wrong by Jeep

Blake Hounshell ‏@blakehounshell OK, @CitizenCohn has persuaded me: this is pretty despicable

Andrew Kaczynski ‏@BuzzFeedAndrew Interestingly, this Romney ad cites the Detroit News, which also debunked the Jeep production moving to China claim.

Josh Greenman ‏@joshgreenman Who's acting desperate now?

Kurt Eichenwald ‏@kurteichenwald Do GOPers believe Romney when he repeatedly says Chrysler' moving jeep job to china, when company says it's a lie? He'll say anything to win

A sampling of headlines the ad has received:

Detroit Free Press: Romney's latest ad claims he will do more for the auto industry than Obama


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Columbus Dispatch: Jeep/Romney question lingers

Detroit News: UAW denounces Romney comments on Jeep production

Detroit News: New Romney ad: 'Italians' plan to build Jeeps in China

Detroit Free Press: Romney returns topic to auto industry bailout, his weak spot, in crucial swing state Ohio

Detroit Free Press: Romney camp silent on his Jeep-to-China gaffe

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

Detroit Free Press: Romney repeats false claim of Jeep outsourcing to China; Chrysler refutes story

Detroit Free Press: Tom Walsh: Romney keeps returning to auto industry, a vulnerable spot

MLive: Romney wrongly claims Chrysler may move all Jeep production to China (video)

NBC 24: Jeep not leaving Toledo for China, Chrysler assures

Toledo Blade: Romney worries about Jeep going to China

Toledo Blade: Romney tweaks Jeep production to China claim

Toledo Blade: Auto czar protests Romney plan for auto industry

WFIN: Unions Protest Romney/Ryan Appearance In Findlay

CBS: Romney cites incorrect auto manufacturing claim in Ohio

The Hill: Chrysler: Romney is wrong, Jeep not leaving US for China

NBC: Politics of auto bailout haunt Romney in Northwest Ohio

Wall Street Journal: Romney Ad Escalates Detroit Rescue Controversy

Huffington Post: Mitt Romney Releases Auto Ad That Misleads On Facts

Think Progress: Romney Auto Bailout Ad Tells Four Myths In 30 Seconds

The New Republic: A Desperate, Deceptive Gambit for Romney in Ohio

The finale in Ohio, during which Meat Loaf and Mittens "sing" the once-lovely  'America the Beautiful.' Ouch.

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