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Romney Blasted on Car Bailout

May 10, 2012

Margie Netzel


Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has a message for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney -- watch what you say.

During a press conference call organized by Obama for America on Tuesday, Strickland blasted Romney for statements he made Monday on WEWS-TV in Cleveland about his role in saving the national automotive industry.

"I'll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry has come back," Romney said during his television appearance, noting that Obama "finally" allowed the companies to go bankrupt at his urging.

Strickland and United Auto Workers President Bob King threw a lot of Romney's record and recorded statements on the automotive industry bailout back at him, calling the candidate's rhetoric "absurd," "astounding," "incredible," "hypocrisy," and an attempt to "rewrite history."

The bailout worked, and the Ohio auto industry is in recovery, King said.

"In return, America's car makers retooled and we see in Ohio how much this investment is paying off. We now lead the world in fuel-efficient vehicles," he said. "This is an example of how business, laborers and government can work together to show how we can solve the nation's biggest problems."

King said Romney's outspoken opposition to the $80 billion in federal loans to General Motors and Chrysler, including his infamous 2008 New York Times editorial titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt," speaks loud and clear.

"Mitt Romney can't have it both ways," he said. "Mitt Romney clearly did not have our backs. He is trying to rewrite history," he said.

As of Tuesday evening, Romney's campaign had not publicly responded to Strickland's criticism.

Source: (c)2012 the Star Beacon (Ashtabula, Ohio)

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