Obama reelection campaign debuts auto bailout ad in Michigan
The Obama Administration has just released a campaign video touting President Obama’s auto bailout. Just in time for the Republican primary in Michigan, the ad takes aim at the four current Republican Presidential contenders, especially former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. In particular, the commercial, titled “Made in America,” attacks Romney for his now infamous “Let Detroit go bankrupt” op-ed in the New York Times. The ad also states that all four candidates “turned their backs” when the auto industry was in trouble. Aside from criticizing the Republican field, the new ad campaign flaunts GM and Chrysler profits and features an enthusiastic President Obama exclaiming, “Don’t bet against the American auto industry.”
Although President Obama has publicized his auto bailout as monumental achievement, the public split on the issue. According to a recent Gallup poll, 51 percent of Americans opposed the auto bailouts. Polls indicate that more Republicans disapprove of the decision than Democrats. Though their hometown automakers may have benefited from the bailouts, even most Michigan Republicans still oppose the measures taken between 2008 and 2010.
"The other thing that people have talked to me about is Mitt [Romney]'s position, which is actually by the way the same as [Rick] Santorum's, about letting the auto companies go bankrupt -- I agree with that," said Barbara VanSyckel, Macomb County GOP chairwoman.