Obama, Romney battle over auto bailout in Ohio

November 3, 2012 • National News

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures as he campaigns at Screen Machine Industries, in Etna, Ohio, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

HILLIARD, Ohio (AP) — President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are turning the White House race in Ohio into a referendum on the auto bailout, an effort aimed at driving up turnout among their supporters in the election’s waning days.

Obama, on a three-stop blitz across the swing state Friday, repeatedly reminded voters that he orchestrated the bailout to revive an industry that fuels the economy in the Midwest. And he slammed Romney for running advertisements in the state implying the bailout has forced car companies to move jobs overseas, an assertion Obama said was “not true.”

“You don’t scare hard-working Americans just to scare up some votes,” Obama told voters at a rally in Hilliard, Ohio, just west of Columbus. “That’s not what being president is about. That’s not leadership.”

Romney has dug in on the ads, which have been widely debunked. His campaign insists the spots are accurate. Whatever the case, the ad has caught the attention of some voters in Ohio, a state that has been saturated with political advertising for months.

“It offends me,” said Jeanette Lewis, an Obama supporter from Columbus whose father worked on a GM assembly line in northeast Ohio. “The president hasn’t turned a blind-eye to outsourcing. And people in Ohio know that.”

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