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Romney backs Obama auto decision, praising 'backbone'
The Hill - Briefing Room Blog ^ | March 31, 2009 | by Michael O'Brien

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:

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: auto; backbone; mcromney; mittromney; mythromney; obama; rino; rinoparty; romney; romneytruthfile; slickwillard
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To: onedoug

What a bum he turned out to be!


51 posted on 03/31/2009 10:41:30 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (The black man is keeping me down!)
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To: rintense

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.


52 posted on 03/31/2009 10:41:40 AM PDT by antonico
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To: mojitojoe

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.


53 posted on 03/31/2009 10:43:59 AM PDT by swatter
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To: MaestroLC

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.


54 posted on 03/31/2009 10:47:51 AM PDT by AmericanGirlRising (I am second - http://iamsecond.com/#/home/)
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To: antonico

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.


55 posted on 03/31/2009 10:47:55 AM PDT by ichabod1 (I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet (GOP Poet))
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To: MaestroLC

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.


56 posted on 03/31/2009 10:48:41 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: JamesP81

That’s a good post. I would consider it for tagline material, but I’m too fond of the one I have now.


57 posted on 03/31/2009 10:50:13 AM PDT by ichabod1 (I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet (GOP Poet))
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To: MaestroLC

Obama should have supported bankruptcy from day 1.... not after giving them billions.


58 posted on 03/31/2009 10:50:35 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: MaestroLC

I have been luke-warm about Romney...all the heat just went away. They are all the same!!!


59 posted on 03/31/2009 10:52:00 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: MaestroLC

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.


60 posted on 03/31/2009 10:54:06 AM PDT by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: MaestroLC

I agree with Romney’s decision. Bankruptcy is intended to help companies restructure debt. I think GM should have filed Chapter 11 a long time ago.


61 posted on 03/31/2009 10:54:38 AM PDT by conservativeinferno (My SUV is the urban squirrel's worst predator.)
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To: swatter

I agree with you; maybe Romney agrees that we ought to force the automakers into bankruptcy so they can shed the Unions. But I’m afraid thats not what the Commie Obama has in mind.I doubt he’ll upset the Unions, when it comes down to it.


62 posted on 03/31/2009 10:56:15 AM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: indylindy

Agreed. Palin-Bachmann 2012. Two women have more stones than the men in the GOP.

Mitt was right about forcing it to BK but wrong to praise O and say that slime O has “backbone.”


63 posted on 03/31/2009 10:56:31 AM PDT by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: MaestroLC

The state run media is already pushing Mitt and Mc Lame


64 posted on 03/31/2009 10:57:43 AM PDT by devistate one four (Cw II on the way! Stand by. TET68)
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To: Frantzie

Where have all the men with spine gone? Are they all so corrupt or are they just chickified little weasels?

Honest to God, and we wonder why the US is headed over the cliff.


65 posted on 03/31/2009 10:59:38 AM PDT by dforest
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To: MaestroLC

GM = Government Motors


66 posted on 03/31/2009 11:02:45 AM PDT by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: Frantzie
Agreed. Palin-Bachmann 2012. Two women have more stones than the men in the GOP.

If not them, how about Michelle Bachman and Janine Turner? Two conservative babes with a great bumper sticker....

Bachman-Turner: "Taking Care of Business!"

67 posted on 03/31/2009 11:03:38 AM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: MaestroLC
So...

When we post funny pictures of Romney we get creamed by the Romneybots...

I do not want to hear a word from them after this....

Time for Romney to hit the road....

68 posted on 03/31/2009 11:04:51 AM PDT by taildragger (Palin / Mulally 2012)
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To: freekitty

I’d take Romney in a heartbeat over Zero.......


69 posted on 03/31/2009 11:06:39 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators. -Will Rogers)
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To: MaestroLC
Mitt can run in 2012, but I will not support him.

I won't, either.

Give me a break. Obama and the Dems are destroying the auto industry. That's not backbone, that's tyranny and Statism.

I have noticed that many people who have had money and/or privilege all their lives (John McCain and Mitt Romney are two who come immediately to mind) seem to need to ameliorate something - perhaps guilt - for having been given so much without having ever earned much of it.

They seem more than willing to use public funds and the force of law to do so. They want to make things "fair", so that they can feel better.

People like Mitt Romney and John McCain are so insulated from the middle class taxpayer, who pays the cost for their actions, that they have no way of knowing or caring about the havoc the wreak when they support this sort thing.

70 posted on 03/31/2009 11:07:04 AM PDT by mountainbunny (Mitt Romney: Collect the whole set!)
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To: MaestroLC

Mit and Obama come from the same pile of poop!


71 posted on 03/31/2009 11:07:51 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: MaestroLC
Maybe some of you need to learn to read more carefully. Romney is complimenting Obama on a very specific part of what Obama said yesterday. He is not offering general praise for Obama's plan:

"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 is saying Obama showed some backbone for bringing up bankruptcy as an option, something the UAW has opposed from the start because it would allow renegotiation of union contracts. And, all you FR conservatives, bankruptcy and the opportunity to reorganize and shed excessive union benefits is precisely what conservatives have advocated from the first.

Romney complimented Obama for considering bankruptcy, which I know Romney has said was the solution for months. Lots of knee jerk reaction in this thread.

So, all of you are opposed to bankruptcy reorganization for GM and/or Chrysler?

72 posted on 03/31/2009 11:07:59 AM PDT by Will88
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To: MaestroLC
What Mitt said...
"I think he's expressing some backbone on this."

What Mitt should have said...
"I think he's trampling all over the Constitution on this."

73 posted on 03/31/2009 11:08:12 AM PDT by Long Island Pete (Everyday Congress is in session, we loose more of our liberties.)
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To: MaestroLC

This should settle the argument that Ronmey should be the GOP’s candidate in 20012. Buh Bye...


74 posted on 03/31/2009 11:09:45 AM PDT by Nachum (the complete list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: MaestroLC

Romney is just proving, without a shadow of doubt, what an idiot he really is, and just how BAD a president he would be, not to mention a RINO of the worst kind.


75 posted on 03/31/2009 11:13:11 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Nachum

Newt agrees too.
Holding GM accountable isn’t a bad thing.

Mitt also said before time and again, they should file bankruptsy.


76 posted on 03/31/2009 11:13:43 AM PDT by JaneNC (I)
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To: Nachum

Newt agrees too.
Holding GM accountable isn’t a bad thing.

Mitt also said before time and again, they should file bankruptsy.


77 posted on 03/31/2009 11:13:45 AM PDT by JaneNC (I)
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To: indylindy
See my tag line.

I was never impressed with Romney. After all, his Romneycare brought socialized medicine to Mass. and now it's crumbling

78 posted on 03/31/2009 11:14:54 AM PDT by lakertaker (Libertarian Party since 1998)
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To: MaestroLC

For all his experience with a hostile press up in MA, Romney still hasn’t learned how not to talk right into their traps.


79 posted on 03/31/2009 11:15:20 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Mengerian

O hell yea. I’d vote for Mitch any day. Inject a bit of common sense and free markets into the discourse.


80 posted on 03/31/2009 11:19:00 AM PDT by farlander (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Nonstatist
I think Romney was right about going into bankruptcy and not just writing checks.
Unfortunately, what is happening is more than that:
1) Obama fires the CEO and tells the board most of them will have to go. In that he has exceeded his authority.
2) He tells them they have to cancel 11 of their 20 profitable models for more “green” cars. With that, the only way the company can survive is by subsidies, even if the unions give concessions.
That is my opinion.
81 posted on 03/31/2009 11:19:08 AM PDT by broncobilly
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To: stylecouncilor

SARAH!


82 posted on 03/31/2009 11:20:48 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: indylindy
"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."

You got it. We have to field NEW candidates and boot all these RINO backstabbers out. And there isn't much time to do it.

83 posted on 03/31/2009 11:22:02 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: AmericanGirlRising

“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.”


Here is an example of why his followers come to him, listen to this and you will probably feel disgust, but his oily, flagrant dishonesty impresses people that are impressed by his willingness to do or be anything for power and advancement, they see his chameleon like amorality as a talent.

If you want to see the Utah letter referenced just ask. He also threw his mother under the bus, since she never campaigned as he claimed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_w9pquznG4


84 posted on 03/31/2009 11:22:10 AM PDT by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: MaestroLC
Sarah Palin reacts to hearing Romney say that Obama has 'backbone!'


85 posted on 03/31/2009 11:24:57 AM PDT by avacado (Impeach the Teleprompter!!!)
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To: Arizona Carolyn
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...

Hater? Bigot? Things like that?

Romney's a liberal, I don't care what I'm called.

86 posted on 03/31/2009 11:28:24 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Selah)
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To: MaestroLC

Damning O. with faint praise.


87 posted on 03/31/2009 11:29:46 AM PDT by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: Corin Stormhands

“...the field for 2012 just narrowed.”

Dittos!!

I’d like to see Mike Pence run.


88 posted on 03/31/2009 11:32:00 AM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: ansel12
Here is an example of why his followers come to him, listen to this and you will probably feel disgust, but his oily, flagrant dishonesty impresses people that are impressed by his willingness to do or be anything for power and advancement, they see his chameleon like amorality as a talent.

I know that people can change on issues, but Mitt Romney's continual "changes of heart" point to him being either morally bankrupt or mentally deficient. Or some of both. You make the call.

If you want to see the Utah letter referenced just ask. He also threw his mother under the bus, since she never campaigned as he claimed.

You didn't ask me, but if you would be so kind, I would like to see it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_w9pquznG4

Wow. Just... wow.

You know, of course, that regardless of what comes out of Mitt Romney's very own mouth on video for the entire world to see, his supporters will still claim that he is pro-life.

89 posted on 03/31/2009 11:32:29 AM PDT by mountainbunny (Mitt Romney: Collect the whole set!)
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To: TMA62

Any two GOP govs. for Prez/VP in 2012! (Except: Crist, Romney, Perdue, Perry, and any other RINO I may have forgotten).


90 posted on 03/31/2009 11:33:55 AM PDT by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: demshateGod
"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."

Wrong. He didn't get elected because he was and is a RINO, who's "achievements, and proof of being a nanny state socialist, was his "free health care" baby in his state.

It had nothing to do with him being a Mormon, Only bigoted Christian hating Mormons would think that.

91 posted on 03/31/2009 11:34:53 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Will88

I still like him. Thanks for trying to educate the masses.


92 posted on 03/31/2009 11:34:59 AM PDT by definitelynotaliberal
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To: Long Island Pete
"I think he's trampling all over the Constitution on this."

I just wanted to see those words of wisdom repeated, for this should be the standard reply...

93 posted on 03/31/2009 11:37:17 AM PDT by LRS (Just contracts; just laws; just a constitution...)
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To: Mengerian

No, Mitch is a leftist too. Not Mitch. (he’s conservative on a few issues, but not on the sociali issues, and I don’t really believe he’s for free-markets-he’s more the big business rockefeller type when push comes to shove)!


94 posted on 03/31/2009 11:41:51 AM PDT by JSDude1 (Obama yo 'mama', Uncle Sam yo 'baby daddy'!; (The new cry of the Obama generation)!)
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To: MaestroLC

” Romney said Tuesday morning on CNN. “I think he’s expressing some backbone on this.”

Seems he no longer want’s to be president.


95 posted on 03/31/2009 11:43:50 AM PDT by Gator113 (For America to Survive, Obama Must Fail..... Obama=Failure in Chief with the Audacity of Dope.....)
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To: MaestroLC

A former Romney support who is disappointed.

You know, this is kind of simplifying things though.

KB Hutchison voted in support of the ObamaNation ‘service’ boondoggle.
OOPS. Now I know she wont get my vote for Governor.

Romney made sense in December 2008 arguing AGAINST the auto bailout. Shouldn’t be praising Obama now. Mistake!


96 posted on 03/31/2009 11:45:06 AM PDT by WOSG (Why is Obama trying to bankrupt America with $16 trillion in spending over the next 4 years?)
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To: Nonstatist

“If we lose the NY-20 seat, would that convince you that we are going nowhere? “

That would only convince me that the people have gone bonkers and WANT the USA to go the way of Zimbabwe.
Rubberstamp Congress for Obama? Egads!


97 posted on 03/31/2009 11:46:11 AM PDT by WOSG (Why is Obama trying to bankrupt America with $16 trillion in spending over the next 4 years?)
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To: indylindy

Exactly Lindy, and though I am a hoosier didn’t vote for him, I think Mitch is running for US Senate, IMO (which would be terrible), almost as bad as RINO Lugar. Good gosh why can’t we get somone like Mike Pence or Dan Burton, or John Hostettler in the Senate?


98 posted on 03/31/2009 11:47:18 AM PDT by JSDude1 (Obama yo 'mama', Uncle Sam yo 'baby daddy'!; (The new cry of the Obama generation)!)
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To: rfp1234
Any two GOP govs. for Prez/VP in 2012!

Sanford and Palin. Or Barbour and Palin.
99 posted on 03/31/2009 11:50:48 AM PDT by JamesP81 (When Obama signed an order providing tax dollars to murder children, he stopped being my president)
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To: MaestroLC
One more thing... this is another example of the liberal MSM spin machine:

Liberal News Article claims a Republican supports Obama decision, when in fact he said no such thing

Romney pointed out that the auto companies dont deserve a blank check and he likes that its not happening.
100 posted on 03/31/2009 11:51:14 AM PDT by WOSG (Why is Obama trying to bankrupt America with $16 trillion in spending over the next 4 years?)
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