Romney auto protest readied
February 24th, 2012
08:46 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney auto protest readied

(CNN) – An affront organized by the United Auto Workers Friday is scheduled to criticize Mitt Romney's auto industry stances ahead of a speech in Detroit from the Republican presidential candidate.

Members and supporters of the UAW will rally in the city accompanied by 26 American made cars spelling out "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt," a reference to a 2008 article by Romney, according to an ally supporting the event.

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The efforts are intended as a reminder that "Michiganders won't forget how in their time of need he [Romney] turned his back on the American Auto Industry and turned his back on them."

Romney advocated a managed bankruptcy for the auto industry in 2008, before Michigan-based auto companies received federal financing as part of a bankruptcy process. He is frequently criticized for the stance but has said the companies should have addressed the problems on their own instead of receiving federal aid to whether the economic downturn.

Romney, a native of Michigan, is scheduled to deliver a speech at the Detroit Economic Club Friday. The state holds its GOP presidential primary on Tuesday.

Team Romney said union attacks on him are evidence "they know he will end the sweetheart deals they have enjoyed under President Obama."

"Mitt Romney has fought labor bosses before and he will fight them again," Andrea Saul said in an email.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michigan • Mitt Romney
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    FABULOUS!
    The TRUTH is our best defense against these so-called conservatives.
    Obama 2012.

    February 24, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. Durundal

    watch, they punish romney by voting santorum....would explain the surge of a flop

    February 24, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Based on his corporate raiding and tax evasion, Mittens should have his butt kicked.

    February 24, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  4. ge

    wall street yes–main street no

    February 24, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. Katie

    OBAMA 2012!

    February 24, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. Bill

    Yeah, they really love him in Michigan. He will be rebuked on Tuesday by the electorate.

    February 24, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. joseph Agunbiade

    Romney is in his own world, out of touch with the plight of average Americans.

    February 24, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. B. O. Maratin

    I don't why Republicans think Romney can beat President Obama. We have lived all over the US and have many friends and family that are Baptist. They all are staying home if Romney is the nominee against President Obama. That is correct. All of our friends and family who are Baptist are staying home if Romney is the nominee. That is a lot of votes!
    They will, however, vote if Mr. Santorum or Mr. Gingrich wins the nominee.

    February 24, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I just wonder how Romney would have done it if he were doing through Bain Capital... I would like to think that any president would do what he could to maintain jobs here.

    February 24, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. American

    Romney is on record to let Detroit fail & go bankrupt.

    Good to see American auto workers holding Romney accountable. No matter how desperately Mitt tries to spin it, Romney cannot just flip-flop again away from his willingness to abandon Detroit in their time of need.

    February 24, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Four and The Door

    Actually, the UAW is casting a vote of confidence for Mitt Romney. The know he can beat Obama. They don't want that because Obama is their meal ticket. The UAW bosses are bought and paid for. Your federal tax dollars hard at work.

    February 24, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |