Skip to comments.Romney backs Obama auto decision, praising 'backbone'
Posted on 03/31/2009 10:16:27 AM PDT by MaestroLC
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) backed the plan for GM and Chrysler put forth yesterday by President Obama, the candidate Romney may face in the 2012 presidential election.
"I think a lot of people expected the president just to cave, write a check, and just hope for the better," Romney said Tuesday morning on CNN. "I think he's expressing some backbone on this."
Romney grew up in Michigan, where his father was governor and, at one time, chairman of a now-defunct auto company. The former 2008 presidential candidate, though, was also sure to tout his own calls for bankruptcy last year, when Chrysler and GM first approached the government seeking support.
"That's something I think he should have said months ago," Romney claimed. "There were a number of us who said bankruptcy or a bankruptcy-like process was something that was needed to get GM and Chrysler on their feet again."
Romney, who won the Michigan Republican primary during the 2008 nominating process, called for the use of the "club" of bankruptcy to force the restructuring of the state's native industry.
"If the parties want to do it voluntarily and apparently, at this stage, it's looking like they haven't been able to then you're going to have to have that kind of a club to be able to have these companies restructure their excessive costs," he asserted.
Watch a video of the interview below:
Mitt can run in 2012, but I will not support him.
Unsurprising, Mitt promised millions himself when campaining in Michigan.
He’s a socialist like the rest.
Agreed, the field for 2012 just narrowed.
LOL. Where are our Romney-bot friends? I would have thought one of them might have posted this story.
Thank heavens we didn’t vote for him.
“Agreed, the field for 2012 just narrowed.”
Ditto. Why do these guys feel the need to suck up to Barak Mugabe and his angry wife?
Romney is another McCain. He will never be elected. Republicans can’t stand him, he’s a Socialist. Period!
Bush refused to cut spending, so look where we are. Which Republican talks about balancing the budget and living within our means? Nobody, so we are screwed. Just a bunch of cowards, waiting for the Commies to fail.
They’ll be along earning their paychecks soon enough.
Sure he is. The "backbone" to assert unconstitutional powers over private industry in his blatant power grab.
Romney is a fool like so many others in the Republican Party.
Governor Mitch Daniels (R-IN) in 2012!
This thread should be interesting.
He may be facing Obama, but he will not get my vote.
We need to renounce the GOP. We have one party in DC now and both have bought into the NWO.
How do you spell RINO?
His dad was the eunuch governor of Michigan when I was a boy.
Just what we need, another Republican falling all over himself to praise the enemy.
Mitch is a RINO and a nanny stater.
Well, that’s it for his run for Pres.
McCain wasn’t right on much, but he was right when he said the jobs would never come back in the auto industry, and Mitt like a fool sat there and promised they would.
That’s not good. Sad. Many the man who would be King.
That should be it for Romney
And rightly so...
Governor Mitch Daniels (R-IN) in 2012!
Mitch is looking better with each passing day. Daniels/Palin or Palin/Daniels in 2012!!
He always came across to me as being a ‘game show host’. *asbestos on*
A loss in NY-20 would prove how inept the party is in NY. We need to think of ourselves as conservatives not republicans.
I struggled with my conscience before accepting the need to vote for McCain. He has my respect and gratitude for his service.
I won't have to wrassle myself about Romney. As a businessman (his greatest political asset), he really should know better, and if he doesn't, he IS no different from 0bama.
et tu, Romney
I remember the days when many where saying he was the only true conservative running for President even though his record in Mass-a-tax-it was liberal and he was to the left of McCain on social issues before he began to run for President.
He is not showing backbone. Obama is demonstrating unvarnished tyranny without any legal authority.
Yep. Haven’t seen back bone like this since Mussolini.
If you're a conservative, you're on FR AND you support Romney, ask yourself this question:
What the hell is wrong with me?
A stupid comment like this makes me glad Huckabee ran this idiot out of the race last year. And look at the state his Romney Care is in now. Massachusetts health care is a shambles, and its what we all can expect. Romney The Rino - no question about it.
Even worse, condoning government mandated and forced resignations of corporations.
There is so much wrong with that article, I don’t know where to begin, Ichabod1 claimed.
'I raised taxes because children need highways.'
In a month or so when the pro-ROmney threads appear here and some of us remind the posters he supported the GM takeover watch his syncophants call us all liars and more... same as they do when faced with his other failings like recommending to McCain and Bush that they accept TARP last year or his support for Cap n Trade before he was against Cap n Trade, etc..... when you have someone who changes their position like their socks it’s hard to keep track.
FYI, Romney unmasks as a socialist.
I really do believe anymore that they are are really in it together, The idiotic GOP is just playing shuck and jive with us.
Michael Steele is a joke and it seems he plans to do nothing. Where is everyone else? Each day we are treated to the next congresscritter who stabs us in the back.
It is us against them, so we best get that straight and think about what we do when it is us against them. Time is not lingering.
Sad. It's the only thing the Republicans can think of to remain relevant.
At least Romney hasn't gone as far as Arnold Schwarzenegger.....yet.
If Mitt wins the nomination in 2012 I may go third party. I’ve done it before and I would do it again.
I will never support Mitt. Romney who? He was a joke before and he is a bigger joke now.
I hope the GOP is taking notes. They went all RINO in 2006 and got their asses beat. They went RINO again in 2008 and got their asses beat harder. I hope they’re taking note of the pattern.
Ahhhhhhhh but his syncophants all deny that he is responsible for Romneycare... or anything else he did when he bothered to show up in MA.
Actually, it would prove how liberal the NY electorate has become. The unfortunate thing is that the more freebies are handed out, the bigger the constituency for those freebies. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps - big government programs like these are the reasons conservatives have had difficulty getting traction in the past seventy years. It is possible to create huge deficits by cutting taxes, but not possible to eliminate those wasteful spending programs and prevent the looming fiscal disaster that is about to dawn upon us in the next decade or so. And that's before the addition of Ogabe's massive new social programs.
Backbone? What the hell “backbone?”
An extra-60-day do-over is not backbone. This is kick-the-can-down-the-road time on the D.C. Amateur Night from hell.
Republicans should be playing clips of democrats claiming GWB needs to hand GM cash because restructuring is out of the question. Obama is claiming that money is part of GWB deficit.
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