Ford has denied the report.
In the ad, a male F150 buyer identified only as Chris proclaims: "I wasn't going to buy another car that was bailed out by our government. I was going to buy from a manufacturer that's standing on their own: Win, lose, or draw."
The ad made the case that
"With President Barack Obama tuning his re-election campaign amid dismal economic conditions and simmering antipathy toward his stimulus spending and associated bailouts, the Ford ad carried the makings of a political liability when Team Obama can least afford yet another one," Howes said. A Ford spokesman reminded TheStreet that the automaker "supported emergency government support for our competitors in 2008 and 2009 and continues to support the decisions we made." As for the ad, the spokesman said, it "has stopped running as part of its previously planned rotation," rather than because of pressure from the White House. -- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: