In spite of being soundly slapped down, the ads continue to air across Michigan. One point DeVos continues to push is that Granholm never went to Japan to meet with Honda officials when they were in their early stages of considering where to build their new plant. Well, Dick, pictures don't lie, and the Granholm team has the pictures to back up their words.
On July 29th, 2005, Governor Granholm traveled to Honda Motor Company's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan and gave her Michigan sales pitch to Hiroyuki Yoshino, Honda's Director and Advisor, and Hiroshi Oshima, the head of Honda's Corporate Communications. During her 2005 Japan jobs mission, she met with representatives of 150 Japanese automotive, biotech, and human sciences companies, landing firm commitments from 10 companies that are investing $116 million in Michigan.How do you explain that, Dick? You've refused to take a position on issue after issue, and now you're being called on the carpet again for lying. Call this woman's intuition, but it seems to me you don't really have anything of substance to offer voters.
In the past four years, she has convinced almost every other major automotive company -- including Nissan, GM, Ford, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Toyota -- to make significant investments in Michigan. Unlike the previous administration (which did not court Honda and in fact stood by as the company built infrastructure and plants in other states), Governor Granholm made a strong pitch.