New York (CNNMoney) - Mitt Romney argued against the bailout of the U.S. auto industry in 2008, in an article entitled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt." Now three years after the Obama administration bailed out General Motors and Chrysler Group, and with U.S. auto industry sales, profits and hiring all rising, Romney believes he deserves credit for that turnaround.
Romney is right that the 2009 bankruptcy reorganizations at GM and Chrysler played a major role in the turnarounds at those automakers. It allowed them to shed billions in debt, along with plants, workers, brands and dealerships they could no longer afford. And he's correct that the automakers and the United Auto Workers union were initially opposed to the bankruptcy process, uncertain that the companies would survive what they expected could be months if not years in bankruptcy court.
But the billions of dollars from the federal bailout helped the bankruptcy process get done in about two months, must faster than anyone thought was possible, said Van Conway, CEO of Conway MacKenzie, a restructuring firm in Detroit.FULL STORY