The Bloomberg claim was not erroneous
Bloomberg claimed that Mike Manley, COO of Fiat/Chrysler-Asia said, Fiat was in “very detailed conversations” with its Chinese partner, Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., about making Jeeps in the world’s largest auto market. He said "The volume opportunity for us is very significant. We’re reviewing the opportunities within existing capacity, as well as should we be localizing the entire Jeep portfolio or some of the Jeep portfolio.”
Now whether that was ""erroneous"" is open to interpretation.
However Bloomberg chose to edit it's story after
publication, adding the line "Mike Manley, chief operating officer of Fiat and Chrysler in Asia, was referring to "adding Jeep production sites rather than shifting output from North America to China."
A line was added to the Bloomberg story after it was published stating that Mike Manley, chief operating officer of Fiat and Chrysler in Asia, was referring to "adding Jeep production sites rather than shifting output from North America to China." The Romney campaign told The Huffington Post on Tuesday that the update was after Romney made his remark on Thursday.
The Washington Examiner was among the media that picked up on the Bloomberg report prior to Romney's statement. The Examiner said, “In another potential blow for the President’s Ohio re-election campaign, Jeep, the rugged brand President Obama once said symbolized American freedom, is considering giving up on the United States and shifting production to China.” “Such a move would crash the economy in towns like Toledo, Ohio, where Jeeps are made and supplied, and rob the community of the economic security they thought Obama’s auto bailout assured them.”
The Obama campaign slammed Romney on the issue of the auto bailout for months in the Rust Belt, insisting that Romney said "let Detroit go bankrupt." The phrase comes from the headline of a 2008 op-ed Romney wrote in the New York Times - however Romney didn't use those words in his article, nor did he actually write the headline. It is exquisitely ironic that (1) Obama did let GM go bankrupt, and (2) that those here accusing Romney of "lying" when he accurately quoted sources, defend Obama's lies when he repeatedly inaccurately quoted sources on a similar topic.