Obama touts auto bailout in closing ad

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Obama goes on to list priorities for a second term in an attempt to rebut criticism that he has not explained what he would do if he is reelected.

“Here’s my plan for the next four years: making education and training a national priority; building on our manufacturing boom; boosting American-made energy; reducing the deficits responsibly by cutting where we can and asking the wealthy to pay a little more,” Obama says.

“And ending the war in Afghanistan, so we can do some nation-building here at home. That’s the right path. So read my plan. Compare it to Gov. Romney’s, and decide which is better for you. It’s an honor to be your president. And I’m asking for your vote. So, together, we can keep moving America forward.”

The inclusion of the auto bailout in one of Obama’s final pitches to voters follows an extended back-and-forth over the program between him and Romney in their final debate Monday night.

Seeking to respond to persistent attacks that observers have attributed to the president’s slight lead in the key swing state of Ohio, Romney said Obama’s suggestion that he was in favor of the car companies going out of business was the “height of silliness.”

“I said that we would provide guarantees, and that was what was able to allow these companies to go through bankruptcy, to come out of bankruptcy,” Romney said.

“Under no circumstances would I do anything other than to help this industry get on its feet. And the idea that has been suggested, that I would liquidate the industry — of course not.”

Obama countered that Romney “did not say that you would provide government help,” and he added “the people of Detroit don’t forget.”