Republican Mitt Romney attacked President Obama this time claiming that GM used the aid to hire more employees in China than the US.
Romney said that what President Obama did was to give a loan to GM, which cut 15, 000 jobs in the US, and now the automaker plans to double the number of vehicles manufactured in China. According to him this only means that GM added 15,000 more in China and now Chrysler also plans to build cars in that country.
“No amount of campaign politics at its cynical worst will diminish our record of creating jobs in the U.S. and repatriating profits back to this country,” said GM spokesman Greg Martin.
Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, confirmed that Jeep production will not be transferred to China, and he reminded the investments the automaker made in Detroit, Toledo and Belvidere, more than $1.7 billion to manufacture the successor of the Jeep Liberty and also add 1,100 extra workers for a second shift beginning with 2013.
Marchionne added that Chrysler has hired 2,000 employees since June 2009 at the Jefferson North assembly plant, which produces the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and 2,600 workers at the Belvidere, Ill., which assembles the Dodge Dart, the Compass and the Jeep Patriot.