"I don't know why, for them, chapter 11, or at least some of pre-structured chapter 11, wouldn't be a viable alternative, rather than the taxpayers bailing them out," Pawlenty continues.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has also launched a bid for the Republican nomination, is also shown in the ad saying in a Fox News interview that overseeing the auto bailouts showed Obama was the most radical president in U.S. history.
"While Republicans and pundits disagreed, President Obama made the tough choice to grant the American automakers a lifesaving loan," the DNC ad says. "Thousand of jobs were saved. Shuttered plants were reopened. Communities are being restored.
"Detroit Bankrupt. If Republicans were in charge, this would be the headline," the commercial concludes.