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Biden Calls Romney Jeep Ad ‘Outrageous Lie’

William Thomas Cain/Getty Images(SARASOTA, Fla.) -- Vice President Biden launched a stinging critique of Mitt Romney for an Ohio ad suggesting the president allowed Chrysler to move Jeep operations to China, calling Romney’s ad an “outrageous lie.”

The vice president said the ad was an act of “desperation” and he accused the GOP nominee of using scare tactics to frighten thousands of autoworkers in the final days of the campaign.

“They are running the most scurrilous ad in Ohio. And I mean this sincerely… one of the most flagrantly dishonest ads I can ever remember in my political career,” Biden said at the Municipal auditorium. “It’s an outrageous lie. A lie, a lie that is so deceptive and so patently untrue that the Chrysler corporation, including the chairman of the board of Chrysler, they actually spoke up.”

Executives at GM and Chrysler have rebutted the ad Romney released last week, and the vice president said the Romney campaign is using the ad to “scare the living devil” out of Ohio autoworkers.

“Maybe it’s just me. Maybe because it makes me so…so,” Biden said holding his tongue and adding. “I’m being a good Biden today. Why would they do this? Why would they do this in the face of the overwhelming facts contradicting them? I’ll tell you why I think they’re doing it. They’re trying to scare the living devil out of a group of people who have been hurt so badly...because of the previous four years before we came to office.”

“These are auto workers waking up in their communities just a couple of days ago to see this ad and guess what they were calling? Thousands of them were calling their UAW reps, is it true? Is it true? Is Jeep really going to leave?…  What a cynical, cynical thing to do….To go out and try to scare these people for electoral reasons at the end, to say something that’s so untrue,” Biden said.

Biden accused Romney of spreading “confusion” with his ad, an attribute the vice president said a president shouldn’t possess.

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan defended the ad Wednesday.

“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. These are facts that voters deserve to know as they listen to the claims President Obama and his campaign are making. President Obama has chosen not to run on the facts of his record, but he can’t run from them,” Ryan said.

The vice president resumed his first full day of campaigning Wednesday in Florida after his events in Ohio were cancelled Tuesday due to Superstorm Sandy. Biden lauded the bipartisan tone governors, mayors and federal officials have adopted in their organization of storm relief efforts and hoped that attitude of cooperation would extend beyond the election.

“It’s working like it used to work when I was a young senator. We’ve got Democrats and Republicans working together,” he said.

With less than six days until Election Day, Biden is on his final trip through Florida, a state that he’s visited 10 times including this trip. As the crowd chanted “four more years,” Biden warned the supporters, “We gotta get through the next six days.”

But while he sharpened his attacks against Romney in his speech, Biden shortly after turned his attention to 2016, jokingly telling a Republican voter over the phone at a restaurant called 400 Station that he just might be on the ticket in 2016.

“Well look, I’m not trying to talk you into voting for me, I just wanted to say hi to you, okay?” Biden said over the phone. “And after it’s all over when your insurance rates go down then you’ll vote for me in 2016. I’ll talk to you later.”

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'Misleading' Romney Ad on Jeeps Draws Obama Retort

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A TV ad from Republican nominee Mitt Romney has prompted spirited objections from independent fact-checkers and Democrats for suggesting, just days before the election, that automaker Chrysler is moving Jeep production out of Ohio to China.

“Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China,” the Romney ad says. “Mitt Romney will fight for every American job.”

The ad appeared to be an attempt by Romney to undercut Obama’s appeal among those voters who had been grateful for the controversial 2009 auto bailout, warning that some of the region’s auto jobs could be moved or created overseas.

The spot came out days before a Bloomberg Businessweek story published Monday that said Jeep production may very well be moving. After the auto bailout, the Treasury Department sold its share of Chrysler to Italian automaker Fiat at a loss, and now according to the article, as an attempt to boost Fiat's bottom line, the company floated a possible plan to build Jeeps elsewhere -- for export to the U.S.

The ad, which began airing without announcement in northwest Ohio markets last weekend, followed a similar claim by Romney at a rally in Defiance, Ohio.

“I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers of this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China,” Romney said on Oct. 25.

Fiat, the Italian parent company of Chrysler and Jeep, has said flatly that Romney’s claims are “unnecessary fantasies and extravagant comments.”

“Let’s set the record straight: Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China. It’s simply reviewing the opportunities to return Jeep output to China for the world’s largest auto market,” said spokesman Gualberto Ranieri in a blog post Thursday. “U.S. Jeep assembly lines will continue to stay in operation.”

The Obama campaign has been on an all-out offensive over the ad, calling it a sign of “desperation” in Ohio, where Romney has yet to hold a lead in any public poll.

“It’s a big deal, a really big deal in northwest Ohio that he said this,” Obama for America press secretary for Ohio Jessica Kershaw told ABC News. “It was a shot across the bow to all those people there to say your jobs are leaving to go to China. … So dishonest and desperate. This is the end for him.”

“The fact that Romney decided to run this ad tells you a lot about him and a lot about where he stands in Ohio,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina told reporters Monday. The latest Real Clear Politics polling average shows Obama with a nearly two-percentage-point lead there over Romney, 48.6 to 46.7 percent.

Team Obama countered Romney Monday with a new TV spot of its own in Ohio. “Collapse” accuses the GOP nominee of pushing a “lie,” noting that Jeep is actually adding jobs in the state.

“Mitt Romney on Ohio jobs?  Wrong then,” the ad says, referring to Romney’s opposition to a federal bailout of GM and Chrysler.  “Dishonest now.”

The Romney campaign insists the wording of its ad is accurate in the literal sense, given the automaker’s plans to “build Jeeps in China.”

“The ad makes the point that the governor believes that we need a strong auto industry and that he’d have a better policy that would help the auto industry be a strong part of a growing American economy. And the ad speaks for itself,” Romney spokesman Kevin Madden told reporters.

Aides said that Romney’s comments at the Defiance rally — claiming the company was “thinking of moving all production to China” — was based on an early version of a Bloomberg News story he had read that was subsequently updated.  The story, published Oct. 22, was headlined: “Fiat Says Jeep Output May Return to China as Demand Rises.”

The original piece unambiguously explains, however, that “Chrysler currently builds all Jeep SUV models at plants in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio. Manley (President and CEO of the Jeep brand) referred to adding Jeep production sites rather than shifting output from North America to China.”

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