Yahoo’s Rachel Rose Hartman reports:
Mitt Romney’s claim in a campaign ad that President Barack Obama “sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China” earned PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year,” the site announced on Wednesday.
“The Jeep ad was brazenly false,” Angie Drobnic Holan wrote in her analysis.
The Romney campaign ran the ad in the final weeks of the campaign, drawing sharp rebukes from the automakers and public condemnation from the Obama campaign.
Romney first claimed Jeep was moving to China in a late October campaign speech in Ohio, citing “reports,” which he later identified in his ad as a story by Bloomberg News.
But Chrysler immediately rejected the claim, saying the company was reviewing adding production in China, not moving production out of the United States. Chrysler also noted that the Bloomberg story was misinterpreted.
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