A spokesman for General Motors on Tuesday mocked the claim that the auto maker had shifted jobs from the United States to China.
“We’ve clearly entered some parallel universe during these last few days,” GM spokesman Greg Martin told the Detroit Free Press. “No amount of campaign politics at its cynical worst will diminish our record of creating jobs in the U.S. and repatriating profits back to this country.”
The Romney campaign recently launched a new radio advertisement in Ohio that fights back against the idea that the Obama administration saved GM from the brink of collapse. A similar TV ad released by the Romney campaign — which the fact-checking website PolitiFact described as “reality in reverse” — repeated similar allegations, but focused on Chrysler.
“Barack Obama says he saved the auto industry. But for who? Ohio or China?” says the narrator in the radio ad. “Under President Obama, GM cut 15,000 American jobs, but they are planning to double the number of cars built in China, which means 15,000 more jobs for China. And now comes word that Chrysler plans to start making Jeeps in, you guessed it, China.”
GM cut approximately 14,000 U.S. jobs from the end of 2008 to the end of 2011. However, most of those cuts occurred early in 2009 before the company had been restructured under the supervision of the Obama administration. The company said in its latest annual report that it had created or retained more than 17,600 jobs since July 2009.
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