(CNN) - The auto industry bailout shouldn't be a topic of discussion at Wednesday's presidential debate, Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said on Wednesday.
"I think the bailout is being overblown in our state as a key topic in this debate," Snyder said on CNN's "American Newsroom". "Because if you look at it, we have gone through difficult times the last decade, and we are making a strong cameback."
The eight GOP presidential candidates are expected to face questions over the auto bailouts at a debate sponsored by CNBC outside of Detroit, once the automobile manufacturing center of the U.S. that has been hit hard by the recession.
Several of the candidates have strongly criticized the $85 billion program, first kicked off under President George W. Bush and carried out by President Barack Obama.
The Democratic National Committee on Wednesday attacked former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for an op-ed he wrote in 2008, titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt," in which he predicted the bailout would kill the auto industry.
But Snyder said Wednesday the loans, a significant amount of which has been repaid, were a huge success for his state.
"The bailout was something that really worked," Snyder said. "The real focus has to be on how well things are going today. The auto industry is making a strong comeback, and the question going back to the auto bailout is what lessons did we learn and make sure we don't do them again."