Pro-Romney group will air misleading 'Janesville' ad in Minnesota [VIDEO]

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The American Future Fund will spend $207,000 to air its pro-Romney 'Janesville' ad here in Minnesota, Politico reports this morning.

The ad focuses on one of the more widely criticized components of Paul Ryan's RNC speech -- the notion that Obama somehow broke a campaign promise when the Janesville, Wisconsin GM plant closed in December 2008... while George W. Bush was president.

With a slogan of "President Obama. Hopeful words. Disappointing results," the ad seizes upon a statement Obama made while campaigning in Janesville in February 2008.

Here's what Obama said (emphasis mine):
"And I believe that if our government is there to support you, and give you the assistance you need to re-tool and make this transition, that this plant will be here for another hundred years. The question is not whether a clean energy economy is in our future, it's where it will thrive. I want it to thrive right here in the United States of America; right here in Wisconsin; and that's the future I'll fight for as your president."
Notice how Obama's statement is an if-then conditional. But in the 'Janesville' ad, Republicans ignore logical subtleties and portray Obama's statement as an unconditional promise to keep the plant open. Compounding one lie with another, the ad makes it seem as though the plant closed under Obama's leadership, when in fact it closed a month before he took office in January 2009. (Several dozen workers stayed on another four months to finish manufacturing an order of Isuzu trucks, but 1,200 workers were laid off on December 23, 2008.)

PolitiFact rated the part of Ryan's speech addressing the Janesville plant as "False."

Obama's campaign remarks were "a statement of belief that, with government help, the Janesville plant could remain open -- but not a promise to keep it open," PolitiFact notes.

Turn your lie detectors off and watch the ad for yourself:





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bookfiend
bookfiend

The plant had already released most of it's workers and was done producing gm cars before Obama took office. The lack of support came from the previous administration when the plant closure occurred. Should the white house and congress have looked closely at the Janesville plant when dealing out emergency dollars? Yes. Did they? I don't know...apparently, not closely enough. Did Wisconsin republicans lobby for emergency dollars to keep the Janesville plant open? No. Why? Because they went on record as being opposed to the whole process of throwing tax dollars at the problem and Ryan voted against it, and Ryan and esp. Gov. Walker were pretty adamant about refusing funds for some projects that would have helped the state. Did this position help WI on the way to becoming the only state that has had net job losses recently? I don't know, but lobbying for projects in their state and asking the White House, Congress, and auto industry players to direct auto bailouts to the state -- specifically to the Janesville Plant -- may have kept Janesville and WI in the deal.  Should they have stayed true to their policy of less funding (being against the GM bailout) and done exactly what they did? Indeed. Its admirable to stick to what you say you will do. Does the fact that the commercial points fingers at non-funding they were actually advocating (finger waging, even) make them Hypocritical after the fact? Very.

Derek Brown
Derek Brown

Dumb....If Republicans plan of let them go bankrupt would have been used....wouldn't all GM plants have closed?

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

It's telling of the Romney Campaign that Paul Ryan says this... then walks it back... and THEN they make it a major campaign issue. Just seems like their whole campaign is desperate to grab onto something.

Todd Hurst
Todd Hurst

Breaking News, a politician is not entirely truthful.

Brian Kruschke
Brian Kruschke

Do a little digging and reading of actual time tables, and you will find it to be accurate. In other news, Romney is a felonious murderer!!

Brian Kruschke
Brian Kruschke

Do a little digging and reading of actual time tables, and you will find it to be accurate. In other news, Romney is a felonious murderer!!

Dan Engelhart
Dan Engelhart

That's disgusting. The ad is well done and scary, yet totally gross they can even live with themselves.

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