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Conservative Group Attacks Obama On Auto Bailout

11/04/2012 08:48 pm ET

The American Future Fund, a "dark money" conservative nonprofit group, reported spending $2.8 million for the final days of the presidential campaign on television and online advertising. The centerpiece of the group's last-minute campaign is a $1 million ad buy for a one-minute advertisement bashing President Barack Obama over the auto bailout.

The advertisement picks up on recent auto bailout attacks by conservatives, including Speaker John Boehner, over non-unionized retirees from Delphi, the automotive parts division of General Motors. As one man says in the advertisement, "The union workers were taken care of, their pensions were not cut, their health care remained intact."

The auto bailout has been Obama's top talking point in Ohio, where one in eight jobs are related to the auto industry. Romney has been hindered in the state by a New York Times op-ed he wrote in 2009 that was headlined, "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt."

The campaigns have sparred over the bailout as Romney has sought to blunt Obama's consistent poll advantage in the crucial Buckeye State. Recent Romney advertisements stated that Jeep was shipping jobs overseas to China, an allegation that was deemed false by both General Motors and Chrysler, along with every single fact-checking organization.

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