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Romney Insists Auto Rescue Was Wrong

By Mark Brewer, Chair, Michigan Democratic Party
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mitt Romney returned to Michigan tonight for the GOP Presidential Debate - three years after saying, "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt."

He deserted the domestic auto industry in its darkest hour. Tonight, Romney had the audacity to say, "I care about this state and auto industry like no one else on this stage."

But tonight, Romney failed to explain to Michigan voters why, when the jobs of 1.4 million American workers were on the line, he turned his back on them. Romney opposed President Obama's rescue of the domestic auto industry and instead proposed “letting Detroit go bankrupt” in an op-ed in the New York Times.

And earlier this year in Detroit, Romney said that the President was "out of touch" for encouraging young people for pursuing manufacturing jobs. But this should come as no surprise - he's been turning his back on workers and middle-class families throughout his career.

It's ironic that tonight's debate was in the shadow of Chrysler's World Headquarters -- one of the largest office facilities in the nation.

Had Romney been president in 2009, Chrysler would no longer exist. He claims the government should not have intervened. But had President Obama stood on the sidelines, Chrysler and General Motors would have been liquidated in bankruptcy, taking more than one million jobs with them.

The Republican candidates in the debate tonight are out-of-touch when it comes to jobs and the economy. They don't care about supporting working people and middle class families.

They don't care about jobs. The only job they care about is President Obama's and doing everything they can to take it from him.