US union boss says Romney's 'reckless' auto ads will lead to Obama winning election
The head of one of the country's largest unions has slammed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over auto industry politics, and predicted that issue would help propel President Barack Obama to victory in the must-win swing state of Ohio.
"I don't think he's got a lot of credibility in Ohio," Bob King, the president of United Auto Workers, said of Romney.
"They see he's changed his position on the auto industry, and on so many things, so many times," he said of Romney in an interview with Politico.
According to the report, King said a spate of recent, and controversial, advertisements from Romney are doing him damage.
Romney has taken heat for a campaign ad that suggests Obama's policies have led Chrysler to ship auto manufacturing jobs to China. Another ad makes a similar suggestion about General Motors.
Both ads have been assessed as misleading, though the Romney campaign has argued that the claims are accurate, and both auto companies have pushed back on the allegations.
"It says a lot about the character to me," King said, adding: "Why would he do that? Why would he try to scare people?"
King added that members of the UAW, along with others connected to the auto industry in places like Ohio, were "outraged" by the advertisements.
"UAW members and people at different work places have a tremendous amount of energy and anger over Romney's and #65533;lies, I guess you've got to call them-because he knows it's not true, there's nothing further from the truth," King said.
"They're outraged, it's probably energized them more," he added.
King said that in the wake of the 2009 auto bailout, companies like Chrysler have made progress on the road to recovery.
"I don't know why he's making the statements he's been making," King said.
"He hurts everybody in Ohio because and #65533;a lot of businesses in Ohio are helped by Chrysler doing better. For him to put out misstatements about Chrysler, it's unconscionable, it's reckless. He's doubled down about GM-it's absolutely not true. For him to put out misinformation is just reckless and shows desperation," King added.