How Mitt Romney's Ohio Auto Ad Triggered a Political Showdown

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Chrysler's production of Jeeps in China had been ongoing for years and only ended in 2009 when the company went through bankruptcy.

A Romney campaign adviser Wednesday said he did not know that Chrysler has added jobs in Ohio, despite company CEO Sergio Marchionne's statement Tuesday reiterating plans to add more than 1,000 jobs in Ohio.

Romney spokesman Kevin Madden said the campaign isn't backing away from the ad. And the issue represents an opportunity for Romney to reframe the public debate about the auto bailout as an Obama policy with mixed results, rather than a clear success for states such as Ohio.

"We've got an ad out that we believe makes the case for why Gov. Romney would be stronger for the auto industry and why the auto industry's an important part of a strong economy," Madden told reporters. "They've got an ad that they're using to make their case to the public, and we'll leave that with voters."

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