With this in mind, the Obama camp is busy putting together their last minute "push" in swing states while the President himself was busy dealing with Hurricane Sandy and touring the devastation in New Jersey with Governor Chris "Krispy Kreme" Christie (R). Much to the obvious concern, frustration and distraction of the Romney folks, Gov. Christie has maintained a continuous chorus of high praise for President Obama and his "Leadership" during this "crisis." As mentioned in my last post entitled "Advantage Obama" the incumbency advantage was capitalized to the max by the president. So what did the Romney camp do during this crisis? Yes they altered a campaign event in order to collect food and supplies for Hurricane Victim (except Buzzfeed reports the "donated" food and supplies were actually purchased by the Romney campaign and put into folks' hands to make the event look successful), but they did another thing that has begun to catch flack. What could that possibly be? Could it be that during the primaries Romney stated emphatically that he preferred disaster relief be handled by private enterprise on the State level instead of through FEMA and that he would prefer to de-fund FEMA? Even though the Romney/Ryan plan does cut money for FEMA, it is even more serious than this! But what could possible be worse than that?
During this crisis, someone on the Romney team decided to advise Romney to proclaim in front of Ohio voters that Chrysler was going to begin building Jeeps in China at the expense of Ohio auto workers. Not only did he make this claim in person, his camp doubled down by airing ads claiming the same notion throughout Ohio. In a show of very rare involvement, both Chrysler AND GM responded that Romney's personal statement AND the accompanying ad were not true. To make matters worse..GM claimed Romney and his camp had to be "living in a parallel universe" if they believed this claim to be true. Wow, a response from the auto makers themselves and not from the Obama camp...now that is special!
For those that may not know, Ohio is really a coalition of regions. In the North, the areas around Toledo, Cleveland and Akron/Canton are all solidly Democratic as they are tied directly to the auto industry. Cincinnati has always been considered a "Southern" city and that area has traditionally been Republican leaning. Dayton too has a long history of being tied to the auto industry and the Democrats yet neighboring Springfield, the home of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is traditionally Republican. According to my sources, Franklin County, home of the state capital city of Columbus is a truly mixed bag. The city of Columbus is solidly Democratic, but the suburbs have been traditionally Republican...except Ohio Governor John Kasich's previous efforts to attack state employee unions (including teachers, fire fighters, police, sanitation workers, etc.) has pushed those middle class voters into the Obama camp. Hence, the current polls show a slim yet solid lead for Obama. So why run ads making false statements about Chrysler and Jeep? Because Romney is desperate and Ohioans that remained undecided are beginning to lean towards Obama. Why? Because the more GM and Chrysler call the Romney ad's "Foul!", the more those undecided begin to question everything Romney says or does. With all of the Romney flip flops and staged for television political events, Ohioans are not dumb, they recognize a salesman selling snake oil. And when it comes to cars, they understand that Romney just tried to sell them an Edsel!