Romney press release skips over Detroit tough love
February 22nd, 2012
04:47 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney press release skips over Detroit tough love

(CNN) - Touting an endorsement from The Detroit News, Mitt Romney's campaign sent out a press release announcing the news Wednesday morning.

But the e-mail skipped over a few key paragraphs in the editorial, namely sentences that offered criticism of the Republican presidential candidate.

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While much of the article lauded Romney as the most experienced and electable candidate, the editorial board included a few points of contention:

"We disagree with Romney on a point vital to Michigan – his opposition to the bailout of the domestic automobile industry. Romney advocated for a more traditional bankruptcy process, while we believe the bridge loans provided by the federal government in the fall of 2008 were absolutely essential to the survival of General Motors Corp. and Chrysler Corp."

But the editorial board went on to write that the issue "wasn't a differentiator in the GOP primary, since the entire field opposed the rescue effort."

The Romney press release, however, replaced that section with a simple:

"..."

Other paragraphs replaced with ellipses included the board's analysis on the volatile presidential race, naming several candidates "who have enjoyed a burst of popularity at Romney's expense." The article also mentioned that "very conservative Republicans have been lukewarm to Romney because of his history of more moderate positions on social issues."

That, too, was left out of the Romney email.

To be fair, the release omitted harsh criticism of his opponents, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, as well. The release also included a link to the full story at the top of the email.

The Detroit News' editorial page editor, Nolan Finley, said he contacted the Romney campaign after media reports highlighted the press release.

"We would prefer - if they are going to excerpt pieces of the editorial and not the complete editorial - that they would have indicated that they were excepts," he told CNN. "This was such a long cut and paste that I think it did create some confusion as to whether this was the whole editorial or not."

The Romney campaign told him they circulated excerpts, rather than the full text, because of copyright "legal concerns," Finley said, and he was assured a link to the full text did and would accompany any excerpts.

This isn't the first time Romney's campaign has carved out negative commentary when sending out newspaper endorsements (of which Romney has many). It left out similar critical passages in its release on The Des Moines Register endorsement in December, for example, as well as an editorial from The Tampa Bay Times in January.

While copyright laws may play a role in restricting the amount of material a campaign can legally disseminate, the email blasts leave out largely negative material. In the case of The Detroit News, the campaign skipped over the primary point of criticism on Romney's opposition of the auto bailouts, a big issue in Michigan.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michigan • Mitt Romney
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Jariv

    Thats what anyone would have done.

    February 22, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Bill

    What a slime. Slick Mittens will never be president.

    February 22, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Dave

    This guy said let Detroit go Bankrupt. You cant just give these people a check. i guess it was diffrent when you were at Bain & just getting Severly high EARMARK checks from the US while bankrupting companies & Fireing good folks & leaving with your pockets lined with Millions. I guees you just didnt also just get a SEVERLY hugh BILLION $ check from the US also fot the o2 games on a silverplatter. You Mitt are an incredibly fake, no backbone human being who only cares about the SUPER rich.

    February 22, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    The Detroit News is a joke in Michigan. It's a hard right neocon, Randian group of thugs. One of their main guys, Finley, is so consistently wrong he's kinda like Michigan's version of William Kristol, who's never been right in his life. Its relevance as an endorsement rates right up there with Donald Trump.

    February 22, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. cali girl

    Desperate is as desperate does. Change what was printed? The newspaper still has time to change their minds.

    February 22, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Thomas

    @Jariv
    Thats what anyone would have done.

    Not True . Only Sarah Palin has the fire in the belly enough to do what nobody else would do , or dare to go .

    If you were Satin , who else would you choose ?

    February 22, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Dave

    The GOP is going to give us this guy, The trees are just the right size. WOW! what a dream come true for the Dems come Nov.

    February 22, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Dave

    WORD cali girl, thats like Russian newspapers, 0 Integrity & honesty & completely Bias!!!

    February 22, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Nothing new here

    Give it a rest, Romney.
    We are tired of your mudslinging, and religious mumbo-jumbo.

    February 22, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Dave

    So the guy tried to SEVERLY abuse a dog, & got a lot of SEVERLY hugh EARMARKS for Bain & The o2 games, a miniscul 1.5 BILLION or so & wanted to let The COMPLETE auto industry go under, HE is really not such a bad guy, is he????

    February 22, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    Mitt Romney is the best guy to manage our federal government out of this bureaucratic mess that has outspent some of the highest taxes from the largest economy in the world by $16 trillion ( and rising ). Obama has proven incompetent at dealing with the economy. Completely incompetent. Our federal government needs professional management. Romney 2012!

    February 22, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    5.cali girl

    Desperate is as desperate does. Change what was printed? The newspaper still has time to change their minds
    ------------------------
    True that cali girl.
    All of it or nothing would've been more honest. He could've referenced the article without cutting it up to make it seem as if the entire article ws complimentary of him. He's giving an erroneous impression of a newspaper article. People should'nt HAVE TO go to the original to see if he's lying or not.
    But folks like Jariv/Guri (et al & Co.) think that's alright. Pitiful.

    February 22, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. MacIan99

    Just following a long-established LDS practice: when the record makes you look bad, change the record.

    February 22, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. Jim in San Mateo

    Welcome to the train wreck that is the Republican primary season. When Santorum takes Michigan, everything changes and we'll be headed to an open convention with more backroom deal making than an AFL/CIO convention. The sparks will fly. It matters not, who the party selects as whoever it is will be damaged goods and will be defeated in November. Then this country can start, hopefully with a do something (ANYTHING!) Congress, to get back on the road to prosperity for everyone, not just the very rich.

    February 22, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    5.cali girl
    Desperate is as desperate does.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________
    Yeah, exactly like Obama comparing Capital Gains taxes to Income Taxes like they were one and the same. They are not.
    Why didn't he use Sales Taxes and Property taxes while he was at it? That would have been no less honest. Or desperate.

    February 22, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. knowndoyen

    All the comments overlook that the paper said all candidate were against the bailout so why is Romney the only one that gets the hits. Also Romney has not said word one about any religious mumbo-jumbo that would be Santorum. It must really hurt to see the guy who is the winner win. But he will do it after going through a refiner's fire. The media bias and then his own party and the Dems. He will come out a better candidate and one that the Obama camp fears. Romney will win. Some of you go on about the supper rich and you really need to give that a rest. He closed the loophole as governor and the supper rich paid their fair share. So get off the media bias side and have an original thought. It is all about Romney if he doesn't win this state or that in the media, but what about Santorum would that be the end? It like save the dolphins from the fishermen's net but what about the tuna? Would it be the last we hear from Santorum will he have to walk away. Lets not forget about Gingrich? Who is he (like we need a old has been giving us a 30 minute video on who bad everything is. We know how bad it is and you cannot fix Gingrich)? He needs to go away too.

    February 22, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Dave

    Here is my prediction for the debate in about 2 hours from now. Here is what we know, Mittens already is promising Newt a Cabinet job, so dont look for no major jabs from him at Romney. He has already been bought off & told to gang up on Rick tonight, Thats the fact Jack. Romney may be unethical, however he is SEVERLY predictable. Then there is The Religious Zelout Santorim, who is just hurtin himself tremendously with the woman vote. Its almost like Mr Personality & Rick are trying to out do each other with Zanney Remarks, The trees are just the right size vs. We should get Government including State out of our childrens education & erase funding. This tonight might be more entertaining than the superbowl! ITs my turn to say something stupid, no its my turn to say something stupid, no its my turn. The truth is their is very little substance from any of these guys.

    February 22, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    How quickly that Detroit newspaper forgot that the flip flopper told their auto industry to go brankrupt yourself.
    Thank gawd for President Obama.

    February 22, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. CoJo

    so Romney is NOT planning on closing corporate tax loops. Well this tells me he does not speek to the middle class people period. Yep cut corporate taxes, cut medicare, cut social security, cut everything he and the rich class does not need.

    February 22, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. Larry L

    We'll test the short-term memory the folks in Michigan. Just imagine how Michigan would look if the auto industry had gone under like Romney proposed!

    February 22, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. Four and The Door

    Marie MD
    How quickly that Detroit newspaper forgot that the flip flopper told their auto industry to go brankrupt yourself.
    Thank gawd for President Obama.
    _________________________________________________________________________________________
    ...how quickly you forget, Marie MD. GM and Chrysler did go bankrupt anyway. But because of Obama the taxpayers forked over $60 billion to become a part of it. And American taxpayers are still part owner while GM sends thousands of jobs to China. Kind of awkward, isn't it? Thank Obama.

    February 22, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:

    Yeah, exactly like Obama comparing Capital Gains taxes to Income Taxes like they were one and the same.
    -----------–
    I do not recall Pres. Obama saying that. But, now that you mention it, they are the same. They are both checks that come from the same pot. The only difference is who is getting the check. I cannot think of any other differences. Can you?

    February 22, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. Data Driven

    All this is moot, since Obama Will take Michigan in November anyway. Michiganders will remember who saved Michigan jobs, and they'll remember the other guy who said the auto industry should go bankrupt.

    February 22, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    "M and Chrysler did go bankrupt anyway. But because of Obama the taxpayers forked over $60 billion to become a part of it. And American taxpayers are still part owner while GM sends thousands of jobs to China."

    So you think it would have been better to let the industry, including all the related businesses like suppliers, go under or take a huge hit? Because no one else was gonna lend them money. And a ton of Wall St. also owns a part of GM. What's your point? Or is it just more attempts to distract and divert on your part?

    February 22, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  25. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC

    Yeah, exactly like Obama comparing Capital Gains taxes to Income Taxes like they were one and the same.
    ---––
    I do not recall Pres. Obama saying that. But, now that you mention it, they are the same. They are both checks that come from the same pot. The only difference is who is getting the check. I cannot think of any other differences. Can you?
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Income tax is for personal employment income. Capital Gains tax is strictly for monetary investment income.
    Capital Gains taxes are lower to encourage people to invest their savings in businesses to help grow the economy instead of spending it yourself on houses, boats, cars... things that do not help grow the economy so much.
    Raise Capital Gains taxes like Obama wants to do and guarantee investments in businesses ( and job creation ) will be reduced. It is just that simple.

    February 22, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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