Lee Iacocca: "Gore's extreme ideas about cars could cost a lot of
Michigan families their jobs."
Plain-speaking auto industry giant featured in new ad unveiled by
In an aggressive move to highlight Al Gore's public record of
extreme positions on the auto industry, Governor John Engler today
unveiled a new Michigan GOP television ad featuring former auto
industry giant Lee Iacocca. In the 30-second spot, Iacocca explains
that if Gore became president, many workers could lose their
"Al Gore's extreme ideas about cars could cost a lot of Michigan
families their jobs," Iacocca says in the ad. "Mr. Gore writes,
we need to raise gas taxes, and the gasoline engine is a threat to
our future and we should scrap it."
The ad is designed to communicate to auto workers and their families
the threat posed by Al Gore's extreme position on cars, gas taxes
and the Kyoto Treaty. Earlier this year the United Auto Workers
(UAW) held back their endorsement of the Vice President until the
very last minute.
Iacocca closes the ad by stating, "Al Gore may see the car as our
enemy, but in Michigan, it's our jobs."
"Lee Iacocca is proud of Michigan workers, passionate about their
jobs and knows the auto industry inside and out. That's why he
agreed to do this ad," said Governor John Engler. "Lee Iacocca
knows Governor Bush is the man who will protect the jobs of the
men and women on the line. Let's face it, Al Gore is about as
good for the auto industry as Firestone is for Ford."
"Michigan is Ground Zero in this election, and we are putting the
full court press on Gore," said Michigan Republican Party Chairman
Rusty Hills. "Every union worker should know that Al Gore's
policies would devastate the auto-industry. If we can get this
message out in the final weeks of this campaign, we will win
Hills went on to note that Gore's support of the Kyoto Treaty would
also hurt Michigan workers. Even Democrat VP candidate Joe Lieberman
opposed the Kyoto Treaty before joining the Gore ticket.
"It's bad enough Gore wants to eliminate the internal combustion,
but Gore also supports the disastrous Kyoto Treaty, which is a job
killer, and would hit Michigan harder than any other state," said
Hills. "We're the auto capitol, and proud of it. George W. Bush
will support the auto industry, and the men and women who make it
Announcer: Lee Iacocca
Lee Iacocca: Hey, we're car people in Michigan.
Our state has overcome some tough times to build the best cars on
But Al Gore's extreme ideas about cars could cost a lot of Michigan
families their jobs.
Mr. Gore writes, we need to raise gas taxes, and the gasoline engine
is a threat to our future and we should scrap it.
Al Gore may see the car as our enemy, but in Michigan, it's our
Announcer: Log on and learn more about how Al Gore's extreme views
threaten Michigan jobs. (Web site on screen: www.SaveMichiganJobs.com.)