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Romney deliberately distorts the President’s words—again

Once again, Mitt Romney is launching a false attack based on comments President Obama didn’t make. The Romney campaign has been highlighting, and intentionally distorting, a clipped video of a rally in Colorado to falsely claim that the President said he wants the government to “bail out every industry.” This is a clear falsehood: The facts show that President Obama said he wants to repeat the manufacturing success of the auto industry, in every industry.

Here are the President’s remarks:

“I said I believe in American workers, I believe in this American industry, and now the American auto industry has come roaring back and GM is number one again. So now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs not just in the auto industry, but in every industry. I don’t want those jobs taking root in places like China. I want them taking root in places like Pueblo. Governor Romney brags about his private sector experience, but it was mostly investing in companies, some of which were called “pioneers” of outsourcing. I don’t want to be a pioneer of outsourcing. I want to insource. I want to stop giving tax breaks to companies that are shipping jobs overseas; let’s give those tax breaks to companies that are investing here in the United States of America, making American products with American workers and selling them around the world.

Romney’s attack is based on a distortion by the right-wing website Drudge Report, which linked to a Politico article on President Obama’s support for manufacturing jobs. The article, which has since added a correction to clarify its own “unclear” reporting, is about President Obama’s remarks “to see every manufacturing industry come roaring back.”

This is not the first time the Romney campaign has taken the President’s words out of context—or in this case, put words in his mouth—to distract voters from the issues. While Romney said we should have “let Detroit go bankrupt,” President Obama took bold steps to save the auto industry, which has added a quarter of a million jobs since and is now in the midst of a roaring comeback. Whatever Romney’s political tactics, the facts don’t lie: President Obama rescued the auto industry, and he believes Americans can repeat that success across the country’s manufacturing sector.