GM and Chrysler avoid getting involved in U.S. presidential campaign image

Chrysler Group and General Motors have banned campaign appearances at their plants to avoid getting involved in the political battle.

“This fall, Chrysler will not host campaign events inside its facilities. The company is focused on meeting production demands,” a Chrysler spokeswoman said today in an e-mailed statement. She added that the company made the decision in the spring.

GM also made its decision early this year to refuse requests for campaign appearances at GM plants, a spokesman explained. He added that GM has tried to limit such events at plants for a long time. This year, he said, “we took an extra step and just said ‘no visits by either party.’ We’re a car company, not a political platform.”

GM and Chrysler’s decisions are no doubt safe bets, as both carmaker received federal bailouts, a hot topic in the campaign issue. President Barack Obama’s campaign said the bailout, initiated under President George W. Bush in 2008, was as a success that has saved hundreds of thousands of jobs and helped avert a deeper economic crisis.

On the other hand, Republican candidate Mitt Romney said he wouldn’t have used taxpayer money to help the automakers through bankruptcy. He added however that he would have supported government guarantees if the companies emerged from bankruptcy on their own.