Romney To Michigan Voters: 'I Am a Son of Detroit'

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns in Sparks, Nevada, the day before the 2012 Nevada Republican Caucus. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty)

"I am a son of Detroit." That's the first line from an op-ed Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney published in The Detroit News on Tuesday. The candidate's father, George Romney, was the Governor of Michigan in the 1960s; Mitt Romney grew up in Michigan, and with the Michigan primary contest just a week away, he’s been vigorously re-asserting his roots. But given the fact Romney hasn't lived in the state in years and "corporate-raider" past, whether or not Michigan voters will accept him as a native son remains to be seen.

Steve Mitchell is president of Mitchell Research and Communication has the latest poll numbers. Rick Pluta is a political reporter for Michigan Public Radio.

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Comments [2]

Charles

Celeste Headlee jumped on the false notion that Obama has been trying to sell to the nation. Let's just quote Obama, from his State of the Union Address:
"On the day I took office, our auto industry was on the verge of collapse. Some even said we should let it die. With a million jobs at stake, I refused to let that happen."

The Washington Post's "Fact Checker" Glen Kessler (I really do hate the journalistic stunt of 'fact checking'), who is no friend to conservatives or Republicans, gave Obama's howler "2 Pinocchios." A rating of a moderate lie in other words. Obama got off easy with that rating. Because the Fact Checker found that no Republican of note had ever suggested anything like 'letting the auto industry die.'

I have personally asked YOUR partner, the New York Times, through Public Editor Arthur Brisbane, to please research and explain how the headline "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" was appended to the November '08 Romney Op-Ed. The Times has not answered. Maybe The Takeaway can exert more influence than I can.

Romney clearly did not want the auto makers to "die"; nor did he want the City of Detroit to go bankrupt, although Detroit's union-choked city government appears close to insolvency all on its own. Romney DID suggest, in November of 2008, a managed bankruptcy, which is the option finally chosen by Obama in June of 2009 for General Motors. The only reason that Romney's original advice was controversial was because in 2008, the Democrats and their UAW financial backers deeply feared what a standard bankruptcy would do to union benefits and contracts. Only when Obama came into power and shepherded the UAW's interests through a special Obankruptcy, did the UAW accede to the process.

It was just special-interest politics as uusal for the Democrats; Romney was right all along.

And, as is so often the case, this is yet another example of Barack Obama lying to the American public.

Feb. 15 2012 01:41 PM
listener

While we are talking about candidates and the cities they emerged politically from, wasn't Chicago just ranked as the most corrupt city in the nation and how does that connect to President Obama and his administration?
Strange how that did not make the show today.

Feb. 15 2012 09:39 AM

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