DNC continues anti-Romney blitz
November 9th, 2011
05:00 AM ET
2 years ago

DNC continues anti-Romney blitz

(CNN) - The Democratic National Committee will run a newspaper ad in Detroit on Wednesday, targeting Mitt Romney as the GOP presidential front-runner arrives for a debate at Oakland University.

The ad highlights a statement Romney made in a 2008 op-ed titled "Let Detroit go Bankrupt," predicting the auto industry bailouts would be detrimental to the economy.

"If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye," Romney wrote in The New York Times on November 18, 2008. "It won't go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed."

The newspaper ad includes the quote and uses the title of the piece, saying "What was Mitt Romney's plan for Michigan's automobile industry? 'Let Detroit go bankrupt'."

The ad is part of a series of DNC efforts aimed at pinning Romney on his statements about Detroit, in addition to comments he made about the housing foreclosure industry, in which he said the best way to solve the problem is to let it "run its course."

Brad Woodhouse, spokesman for the DNC, pointed out in a statement that the bailouts saved "1.4 million jobs up and down the auto supply chain."

"If Mitt Romney had had his way – those jobs would have gone up in a puff of smoke," Woodhouse wrote.

Romney's team has previously responded to the DNC's campaigns against him, arguing their attacks only show Democratic fears that Romney will become the GOP nominee.

"Democrats realize that Mitt Romney is the only Republican who can defeat President Obama in 2012. They are desperate to hold onto power, and will do and say anything to distract from President Obama's abysmal economic record," Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams recently told CNN.

Romney is set to face off in a CNBC presidential debate with seven other Republican candidates at Oakland University on Wednesday night.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. J.V.Hodgson

    Seems to me like romney is trying to defend the indefensible. Goung bust = now 1.4m more relatively skilled workers unemployed. Since bailaouts they have gained back market share paid back almost all of the loans except Chrysler but have negotiated better labor deals with the managements for lower costs and have started on the road of competition in the hybrid and electric car market.
    Time to face facts Mitt If obama was so wrong on everything as republicans claim Sorry you have to admit you were wrong on this one and move on.
    Oh and by the way we would have to Import almost all our cars not good for the trade deficit! or the $!!
    You got this one so wrong its untrue.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    November 9, 2011 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  2. Marie MD

    I think the democrats need to show the real $250M man for what he is but he is probably the best bet against the President come 2012 because so many of his causes are the same except for growing up rich and the man can't make up his mind and changes it as much as he changes those shirts of his with the open top button. I have never seen anyone as uncomfortable being "normal" as this man.

    November 9, 2011 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  3. Jerry

    My fellow Democrats must "REALLY" be scared of Mr. Romney's chances as a presidential candidate! No surprise here!!! On the other hand they have openly stated that they will destroy anyone that opposes our clueless/over his head president.

    America, don't be intimidated; stand your ground. Be well prepared/informed for 2012.

    November 9, 2011 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  4. dreucalypt

    The Democrats should hit this issue as hard as they can. Nothing tells you more about what Romney and his party really believe nowadays than his proposal to let GM and Chrysler go under. This, and his proposal to speed up home foreclosures, tells you what he really stands for.

    November 9, 2011 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  5. Debra From Georgia

    Mitt wants to privatize social security, and just like people loss their 401K to wall street, they will lose social security to Wall Street. No, way to Mitt Romney

    November 9, 2011 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  6. Bill in Jacksonville, Florida

    You cannot dismiss this woman so easily. In fact, it looks like she's got her act together.

    November 9, 2011 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The front leader of any race will be bashed. If the GOP thinks it can beat Obama in 2012, then they need to work hard and have a new message. I just don't think it is happening right now.

    November 9, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I hope his, " . . .corporations are people too . .' comes back to bite him in the butt.

    November 9, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  9. taylor

    what goes around comes around!

    November 9, 2011 07:53 am at 7:53 am |