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:
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.
What a bum he turned out to be!
I don’t defend Huckabee..who’s another RINO. Agree. The media & Washington establishments are out to destroy Conservative Candidtates because they’ll win. None of them want to run because they’re all terrified of being continually pummeled, criticized and having personal things exposed, like Mark Foley or Larry Craig. The Left knows who the enemy is. And they go on the attack full force. The problem is we don’t do the same.
Jeez, a bunch of losers posting on this topic. When a guy does something and gets praised by another and you hate the first guy, you jump all over the messenger.
So typical Republican.
You actually get more cred when you praise or compliment when you can, so than when you go after that person, people know that you can see the tree from the apples.
It is one thing to be partisan but another to contribute to the destruction of America.
I’ve really tried to see what others see in Romney, but he’s just another socialist jockeying for his position in the oligarchy.
I can’t support this guy.
Well, you’re going to probably get another shot at the Huckster next time around. And maybe a good thing. He’s a goober, but he’s more our goober. Maybe he could challeng the One on the morality issues.
It’s funny how otherwise intelligent people get ideas in their heads. For example, I remember Freepers and Ann Coulter talking about what a great conservative Mitt was and the only reason he didn’t get elected is the bigoted Mormon-haters. Just like everyone thinks Ron Paul is a libertarian.
That’s a good post. I would consider it for tagline material, but I’m too fond of the one I have now.
Obama should have supported bankruptcy from day 1.... not after giving them billions.
I have been luke-warm about Romney...all the heat just went away. They are all the same!!!
Mitt said the right thing about force it to bankruptcy. He should not have praised Obama.
The way to have saved the auto industry was for energy development on shale oil, coal diesel and ND oil back after 9/11 and especially before 2006 when Pelosi & Reid took over. $4 a gallon gas, the UAW and liberalism killed GM and Chrysler.