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Clinton's Michigan Auto Industry Spin: "Quite A Stretch"

- March 7, 2016

CLINTON TAKES LIBERTY WITH HER TALL TALES ON SAVING THE AUTO INDUSTRY IN MICHIGAN AND FACT CHECKERS AREN'T FALLING FOR IT

During Last Night's Democrat Debate In Michigan, Clinton Said She "Voted To Save The Auto Industry." CLINTON: "Well - well, I'll tell you something else that Senator Sanders was against. He was against the auto bailout. In January of 2009, President-Elect Obama asked everybody in the Congress to vote for the bailout. The money was there, and had to be released in order to save the American auto industry and four million jobs, and to begin the restructuring. We had the best year that the auto industry has had in a long time. I voted to save the auto industry." (Hillary Clinton, Democrat Primary Debate, Flint, MI, 3/6/16)

Clinton Also Released A New Campaign Radio Ad Touting Herself As The Only Candidate To Vote For Saving The Auto Industry. RADIO AD: "It wasn't long ago, the auto industry was on the verge of collapse. Major American companies about to be liquidated, millions of jobs at risk. Michigan's economy teetering. America's auto companies asked for help, and President Obama came through. Now in Sunday's debate, we learn only one candidate for President supported him--Hillary Clinton." CLINTON: "When it came down to it, you were either for saving the auto industry, or you were against it. I voted to save the auto industry." RADIO AD: "And she was right. Today the auto industry is thriving and millions of people have jobs who could have lost them. Jobs in manufacturing, technology, jobs up and down the supply chain. On Tuesday, March 8th, vote for the one candidate who stood up for the auto industry and came through for Michigan when it really mattered--Hillary Clinton." (Hillary Clinton, Came Through, Accessed 3/7/16)

Fact Checkers Have Faulted Clinton's Campaign Twist, Calling It "Quite A Stretch"

FactCheck.Org: In 2008, Sanders In Fact Offered Support For A $15 Billion Auto Industry Aid Package. "In fact, Sanders voiced support for a $15 billion package of aid to the auto industry after it passed the House Dec. 10, 2008, in the final days of the Bush administration. The measure was supported by President-elect Obama and an overwhelming majority of House Democrats, but died in the Senate when it failed to reach the floor for a vote." ("FactChecking The Seventh Democratic Debate," FactCheck.Org, 3/7/16)

FactCheck.Org: "Clinton Referred To A Bill That Came Up In January 2009, But That Measure Was Mostly About Bailing Out Failing Financial Institutions And Reducing Home Foreclosures, Not About Saving The Auto Industry, As Clinton Claimed." ("FactChecking The Seventh Democratic Debate," FactCheck.Org, 3/7/16)

  • FactCheck.Org: While Clinton Did Vote In Favor Of Releasing Funds, "It Was By No Means Clear That Obama Would Use More Than One-Fifth Of The $350 Billion For An Auto Bailout." "It's true as Clinton said that she voted to release the money, and Sanders voted to block it. And ultimately, the Obama administration disbursed nearly $80 billion to General Motors, Chrysler Corp. and others in the auto industry (all but $9.3 billion of which was eventually paid back). But at the time of the vote, it was by no means clear that Obama would use more than one-fifth of the $350 billion for an auto bailout. And most of the money still went for the bank bailouts that Sanders opposed. So Clinton's claim that her Jan. 15, 2009, vote was 'to save the auto industry' is - to be charitable - quite a stretch." ("FactChecking The Seventh Democratic Debate," FactCheck.Org, 3/7/16)

FactCheck.Org: "Clinton's Claim That Her Jan. 15, 2009, Vote Was 'To Save The Auto Industry' Is - To Be Charitable - Quite A Stretch." "It's true as Clinton said that she voted to release the money, and Sanders voted to block it. And ultimately, the Obama administration disbursed nearly $80 billion to General Motors, Chrysler Corp. and others in the auto industry (all but $9.3 billion of which was eventually paid back). But at the time of the vote, it was by no means clear that Obama would use more than one-fifth of the $350 billion for an auto bailout. And most of the money still went for the bank bailouts that Sanders opposed. So Clinton's claim that her Jan. 15, 2009, vote was 'to save the auto industry' is - to be charitable - quite a stretch." ("FactChecking The Seventh Democratic Debate," FactCheck.Org, 3/7/16)


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