Should there be tougher laws against what Politicians say to win elections, if they misrepresent facts? Recently, the chief executive of Chrysler, a U.S. based company came under fire when Presidential Hopeful Mitt Romney focused his campaigning in Ohio. His campaign alleged that Jeep, who took federal bailout money, and a product of Chrysler, would be taking jobs away from Americans and shifting production over seas. A fact check on this according to an article in the Voice of America, says this is not completely true.
The chief executive of Chrysler says his company is not shifting production of Jeep vehicles to China. Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said “it is inaccurate to suggest anything different.”
However, Romney did just that when he told an Ohio crowd that he heard reports that Jeep “was thinking of moving all production to China.”
This all started because Jeep’s parent company, Chrysler, stated that it is planning to expand and that its new facilities will be in China. He also stated that although new facilities will be in China, no plans to get rid of current American facilities are underway. So no Americans are likely to lose their jobs. However, Romney’s point seems to be that if they are moving expansions to China, no new American jobs will be created, which makes sense.
It seems that Romney’s campaign still misstated the facts. Should this be allowed? It depends on how one interprets the television ad. But it defiantly seems like it is misleading to the average viewer. What do you think about the dirty games politicians play to make “facts” seem to fit their agendas?
SOURCE: Voice of America