We only know him as Chris, but his words are reverberating around the automotive and business sectors at the moment. He's the star of an unscripted Ford ad that puts real customers in front of not-so-real reporters. Chris was asked why buying American was important to him, and his response centers on the fact that Ford did not take bailout money unlike General Motors and Chrysler.

Chris has decided to post a video of his own to address some of his critics and to try to set the record straight. The Ford fan responds to criticism that this ad was staged, and also explains why he chose to buy his F-150. In addition, Chris also watched and recorded a Fox News segment, and that clip has talking heads Megyn Kelly, Mike Tobin and Steve Moore offering up their take on the Ford spot. Click past the jump to see the original ad, Chris' response and the opinion of Fox News.






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        Mchicha
        • 3 Years Ago
        I for one love seeing Cruze being the # one selling compact in America, knowing its made right here in America, by an American OWNED company (I can buy stock on NYSE) and designed right here. Ford needs to grow up and make better vehicles. Clearly their vehicles are inferior. Ford is even smaller than the Chevrolet Division of General Motors
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mchicha
          The Cruze's looks are American designed. The rest is German. The chassis and engines are developed by Opel.
        A_Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        Settle down. You're embarrassing us. -Ford fans
        Michael
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dear Laser, Ford has taken hundreds of millions of dollars from the U.S. Government and tax payers and continues to do so. subsidies, tax breaks, deductions and the like. Try having some idea of what you are really talking about before you open your mouth. And BTW, bag the caps. It's obnoxious and will not get you the attention you are so desperately seeking.
        Julius
        • 3 Years Ago
        Poor Laser - though I bet he still banks at JP Morgan Chase, and gets his insurance from AIG...
      nsxrules
      • 3 Years Ago
      Considering the majority of American's think like the Tea Party (especially hard working truck owners/buyers) and watch Fox news as opposed to the lies from America's version of Pravda/so called "news organizations" (CNN, MSNBC, ABC, etc. etc.) Ford's got to be GIDDY over all this attention! Kudos to Ford!
        Matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        Wow, somebody is drinking the Fox News Kool-aid!
          TruthHertz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Matt
          So one news network doesn't have an obvious slant to the left and all the sudden people are drinking koolaid? CNN, MSNBC, ABC and all the others are the ones that got the current hack elected in the first place. If you remember, the last two years of the "evil Bush's" term was with a Democrat controlled congress. Blame it all on him.
          Think Free
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Matt
          Mattm the "kool aid" reference is getting old and in your case misapplied. You need "kool aid" to help convince an individual to join a group and participating in sothing no sane person would normally do- like Jim Jones, Nazism or Socialsim. When you think for yourself as an individual you dont need the kool aid.
        caddy-v
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        Incredible. Nsx/ft after all these years has made a comment that I can agree with in it's entirety. Now I have renewed hopes that the clown in the house will be defeated by a landslide never before seen in US history.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
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      conradryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      HOPEFULLY THIS D-BAG WON'T EVER NEED ANYONE'S HELP, ESPECIALLY IF HE LOSES HIS JOB AND FINDS HIMSELF IN AN UN-EMPLOYMENT LINE ONE DAY... I WON'T BUY FORD BECAUSE OF THIS STUPID AD FEATURING THIS PHONEY...HE BOUGHT THAT TRUCK BECAUSE OF THE PRICE...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @conradryan
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        A_Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @conradryan
        Did it take all that to say the F-150 is a good deal?
      D By
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford's PR people has got to be tearing their hair out. That guy just alienated the majority of their consumers who are not tea party fox news worshipers. This will backfire big for them.
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @D By
        Oh absolutely. I fully expect for them to kill this advertising campaign rather quickly now. Nothing like having a dolt like this Chris guy that is connected with your company through an ad campaign to now to spouting off with the typical clueless TeaBagger talking points which have no real basis on fact and only sound good to morons dumb enough to buy into their movement.
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @D By
        I for one is on my LAST Ford car ever.
      waetherman
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't believe how delusional this guy is; Ford did take money during the bailout, and they've taken GOBS of money from state and Federal government sources to fund factories, R&D, and endless other aspects of their business. And they get all kinds of tax breaks so they don't even do their share in helping build the roads that their cars drive on. The fact that this guy doesn't admit any of that just means that he's as closed-minded as the rest of the Tea Party ditto heads who have no idea what is really going on, they just like to pull out the pitchforks and tear this country down. GM cars are made by patriotic Americans. GM cars are sold by patriotic Americans. GM cars are purchased by patriotic Americans. GM cars are driven by patriotic Americans. As are those from Chrysler, Ford and yes, Honda and Toyota and Hyundai and VW and BMW. Tearing other people down isn't what made this country great, which is why the Tea Party is just a bunch of bickering do-nothings. Working hard, and working together; that's what made this country great. Let's try doing that for awhile, and see where it gets us.
        caddy-v
        • 3 Years Ago
        @waetherman
        Suggestion. Take some time and read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I seriously doubt it will mean anything to you, but a more intelligent person would be able to figure out half way through each what the tea party movement is all about. It's about using your head for something more than that backwards ball cap. That "tingling feeling" you and Chris Matthews had in your leg by now has turned gange green.
        darkness
        • 3 Years Ago
        @waetherman
        Ford hired all of Toyotas PR people so that tells you something.
        TsarBomba
        • 3 Years Ago
        @waetherman
        "Working hard, and working together"... thank you! It is the way forward. Really, all the mud slinging, intolerance, and hatred will only succeed in getting us farther apart.
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      This guy is right on. So many people need to stop relying on everyone else to take care of them.
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WillieD
        I hope this includes all the folks who live in areas that are known to be flood prone, then wait for the government to bail them out. My only real problem with this past financial crisis, is that nobody went to jail. I cannot understand you folks that make your stupid ideological arguments about the bailouts, when you know what the consequences of letting GM and Chrysler fail. The next time you see brush fire near your home, why not run out and buy a couple gallons of high-octane gasoline and douse your house with it. That is exactly what you were asking the government to do.
      Bill Murray
      • 3 Years Ago
      Someone tell this redneck turd that Ford financial took a bailout. so the crap he is spewing isn't even correct.
      SYJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford probably wants this guy to shut up ASAP. He is an idiot if he really thinks that the party he supports doesnt believe in picking "winners and losers". So poorly informed and yet he is quick to post a youtube video. THe "free market" loving party he supports LOVES to support subsidies and tax breaks for specific industries as long as those industries have a history of supporting their candidates for office. and the record shouls show that ford was FOR federal assistance while the Republicans who this guy likely looks up to were AGAINST assistance. Republicans are only against the government interfering with the free market when talking about industries (like the auto industry) that have history of employing huge numbers of left leaning unions. The GOP is all for subsidies for farmers, energy companies and corporate tax loopholes that benefit industries that have a history of supporting the GOP.
        Dest
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SYJ
        What you think this guy is talking without Ford's permission and guidance?
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Was buying an American important to you?" "I wasn't going to buy any other car that was bailed out..." Dodging the question. Nice "...understanding that when you fail, you gotta pick yourself up and go back to work." You know that's why the bailouts happened, right? So people could go back to work. Not saying I was for the bailouts when they happened, nor am I a fan of them to this day, but there are better ways of saying Ford was the only domestic company that didn't take a bailout into commercial form.
      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      The guy is entitled to HIS, even if he doesn't see all the aspects of Ford dipping in the Govt pocket. The misstep is Ford's. If they shot 2 hours of footage to take 20 sec soundbite of him bashing bailouts, then shame on Ford.
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      Todd Dunning
      • 3 Years Ago
      So we're blaming the Tea Party because this guy objects to the bailouts? The liberal teens here use 'Tea Party' as a metaphor for 'Capitalism' which they so knowledgeably despise while Mom and Dad are buried in taxes and govt. debt. Go ahead kids - you vote for more and more of the same. You'll start paying for a long time after graduation to get Dem votes from the UAW.
        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Todd Dunning
        Unless you're rich then you won't have to pay a thing. In fact you'll get more money and the only thing you have to pay is a bill for lobbying. I solved this country's problem. Everybody needs to be rich so that no one has to pay taxes. OptimusPrimeRib for President
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