Michigan native and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was compared today to winning Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and the man who would have reveled in the demise of the domestic auto industry.
The two opposite reactions came from Michigan Republicans and Democrats in separate conference calls with reporters to talk about Romney's convincing victory in New Hampshire's Republican presidential primary election on Tuesday.
State Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is acting as Romney's Michigan campaign chairman, said: "It was Tebow time last Sunday and Romney time last night. Every primary is like a mountain range. You have to climb peak after peak."
Schuette stayed on message and declined to criticize the other Republican presidential candidates and instead set his sights on hammering President Barack Obama.
But U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Royal Oak, and state Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren, had a different take on Romney's Iowa and New Hampshire wins.
"Having spent time at the auto show and what's going on there, Gov. Romney is wrong for Michigan, wrong for the auto industry and wrong for the industrial base," Levin said. "To say that the assistance to auto industry was socialism? No, it allowed capitalism to thrive. This is where Mitt Romeny is so wrong."
Bieda, who is a third generation auto worker, said Romney's stance toward the auto industry translates into actually rooting against national interests.
"Gov. Romney is apparently from Michigan, but I can't think of anyone who is running for president who is so against a vital national interest," he said.
Schuette said the auto industry issue is history and when the presidential primary comes to Michigan on Feb. 28, voters have to concentrate on the future direction of the country.
"Economic issues are driving the electorate," he said. "And Republican activists are dying to replace Barack Obama."
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