If you thought that there have already been enough Romney gaffes to last a whole election cycle, sit tight. They seem to be endless.
The latest Mitt Romney blunder happened during an interview with News Channel 5 while he was campaigning in Cleveland at Stamco Industries. The reporter asked Romney whether it could be argued that Stamco, the manufacturing firm where the campaign rally was held, survived because of the auto bailout – which Romney opposed.
Romney, in his most egregious statement yet, answered:
“My own view by the way was that companies needed to go through bankruptcy before government help,” Romney replied. “And frankly, finally, that’s what the president did. He finally took them through bankruptcy – that was the right course. I argued for it from the very beginning.
“It was the UAW and the president that delayed the idea of bankruptcy. I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy, and finally when that was done and help was given, the companies got back on their feet. So I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back.”
That’s right, the same Mitt Romney said we should “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”, thinks he deserves “a lot of credit” for the auto rescue championed by President Obama and Senator Sherrod Brown.
Even Republicans who have supported Romney were baffled by the candidate’s latest misstep. When asked about Romney’s comments, seeming baffled, Sen McCain asked,
“Romney said that he was responsible for the auto bailout?”
As reported by the LA Times, United Auto Workers President Bob King described Romney’s deceitful remarks as “absurd”, saying:
“Mitt Romney is the last person who can talk about the auto industry with any credibility,” King said. “Mitt Romney cannot have it both ways, saying he was for managed bankruptcy without the funding source is like saying he was for medical treatment without any medicine.
Once thing is certain: although Mitt Romney is trying to deceive voters into thinking he supported the auto rescue, Ohioans know the truth: Mitt Romney would’ve let the auto industry collapse, jeopardizing nearly 800,000 jobs. All credit is due to Senator Brown and President Obama for fighting to protect Ohio’s auto industry.
Watch Romney battle with reality here.