“Biggest load of bull in the world…” – President Bill Clinton

How desperate is Mitt Romney to win Ohio? Before you answer, pay attention to what he and his campaign have been saying about the auto industry in the last few days. … – Jonathan Cohn

YOU WOULD expect Mitt Romney to attempt to recast his “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” op-ed, which just may cost him Ohio and the presidency.

However, the way to do it isn’t to scare voters about the auto industry, while revving up the GOP fearmonger machine. But it seems that’s where Republicans always go when they’re up against it.

A more charitable view of Romney’s ad from First Read:

The original Bloomberg report became fodder for conservatives, including Romney, who said last week in Ohio that Jeep “is thinking of moving all production to China.” But Jeep’s ownership has said it isn’t planning to move any U.S. production to China; rather, the automaker is establishing new capacity in China to build vehicles that will be sold in China.

But the ad plays to those ill-founded fears. A fair viewing of the ad might leave that impression with a voter, though the language in the ad is so narrowly tailored that it can’t be directly disputed.

Former President Bill Clinton isn’t having any trouble directly disputing Romney’s Jeep claims.

“Now it turns out that Jeep is reopening in China because they made so much money here they can afford to do it and they are going on with their plans here. They put out a statement today saying that it was the biggest load of bull in the world that they would consider shutting down their American operation. They are roaring in America thanks to people like the people of Ohio. So in keeping with that, here is what I want to say I think this election is about. I support Barack Obama because I think he has got a better jobs plan, and a better jobs record, a better budget plan, a better education plan, a better health care plan than his opponent Governor Romney.” – President Bill Clinton