The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

November 1, 2012

Obama making up for lost time after storm hiatus

(Continued)

The partisan sniping continued this week from the candidates' surrogates and their running mates. Much of it focused on Romney's new television and radio ads in critical Ohio suggesting automakers General Motors and Chrysler are adding jobs in China at the expense of workers in the Midwestern swing state. Vice President Joe Biden said the spots were among "the most flagrantly dishonest ads I can ever remember."

Obama's campaign planned to keep pressing its criticism of the ads as it seeks to block Romney's prospects for a breakthrough in Ohio, a state every Republican has needed to win the presidency.

The Republican ticket hasn't backed away from the ad. Running mate Paul Ryan said in a statement: "American taxpayers are on track to lose $25 billion as a result of President Obama's handling of the auto bailout, and GM and Chrysler are expanding their production overseas."

In fact, Chrysler is adding 1,100 jobs to its plant in Toledo. It's also adding production facilities in China as demand for cars there grows. Because of trade rules, it's easier for companies to build cars for the Chinese market in China. It's also more efficient. Japanese automakers, for example, have plants in the U.S. to meet American demand.

Romney was campaigning Thursday in Virginia and Ryan was appearing at events in Nevada and Colorado.

Before his Virginia events, Romney released a Web video highlighting a decades-old barbecue chain in Richmond that's shutting its doors. "When President Obama took office there was a lot of hope that things were going to change. Well, he didn't change anything," a woman connected to the business says in the video.

The Obama campaign released a new TV ad touting former Secretary of State Colin Powell's recent endorsement of Obama. It will run in 10 states, including Minnesota.

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