Ann Romney hits back at Bill Clinton
March 2nd, 2012
10:27 AM ET
10 years ago

Ann Romney hits back at Bill Clinton

(CNN) – Ann Romney defended her husband Friday against former President Bill Clinton who said Mitt Romney's stance on the auto bailout has his father "turning over in his grave."

"Mitt's father would be cheering and would be with Mitt 100%," Ann Romney said on Fox News. "What Mitt suggested, what's finally what happened, is that they just went through a structured bankruptcy. It's exactly what ended up happening. Mitt just said to do that before they spent $17 billion."

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During a speech this week to the United Auto Workers National Community Action Program Conference, Clinton said "Every time I hear Mr. Romney talk about this, I think his daddy must be turning over in his grave."

But Ann Romney was defiant in her stance.

"No, Mitt's father would be cheering, cheering with Mitt," she added.

Romney's father, the late George Romney was an American Motors executive and three-term governor of Michigan.

The younger Romney repeatedly defended his stance toward the auto bailout while campaigning for the Michigan primary, which he won Tuesday night.

The former Massachusetts governor opposed the federal bailout put in motion by former President George W. Bush and continued by President Barack Obama and instead advocated for a managed bankruptcy.

Filed under: 2012 • Ann Romney • Bill Clinton • Mitt Romney
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Jerry D

    Pretty bad whey your Spouse can rattle off the talking points better than you can. Hey Thurston, let your Wife run in 4 years, you will probably get more votes!!!

    March 2, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Jess C

    Wow....he's still sporting those jeans to make himself look so "average American". Just doesn't work; hes 's far out of touch with middle America it's scary and jeans are not going to change his image. His stand on the auto bailout is just one example.

    March 2, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |

    You can't spin this one Ann. He was against the bailout plain and simple, but he was all for bailing out the banks. What kind of 'Son of Detroit" is he? Maybe you should be running for office Ann and not your husband. You seem to think before speak.

    March 2, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. Jo7n

    Doesn't matter what you think Ann your master wont be getting any where near the white house.

    March 2, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Stick to being a Stepford wife, Ann. As has been pointed out numerous times, there was no private means of getting a structured bankruptcy at the the time, so a government-run structured backruptcy was the only option besides liquidation. Your husband knew that, yet his ambitions forced him to say that any government intervention would ultimately result in the companies going out of business: has that happened? No. Mitt's clumsy attempts to take credit for a revival that he said was doomed is astonishing, even for him: to keep beating the drum of " union paybacks" when they gave up billions in wages and healthcare benefits ( especially for retirees)is jaw-dropping in its stupidity and arrogance. Yet another example of the Righties living in the alternate world they have created for themselves, where the world began in January 2009, Barak Obama is to blame for everything wrong in their lives, and where Bob Dole is a moderate with questionable conservative credentials.

    March 2, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Willie Floyd

    Good try Ann, but he should be able to defend himself. He's certainly had enough practice.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    March 2, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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    March 2, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    Since a "managed bankruptcy" at that time was not attainable, Mittens and his Stepford wife don't have a clue as to what they are talking about

    March 2, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. NVa Native

    With of Romoney's gaffs – how smart can he really be?

    March 2, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    There was no private money available at the time to fund a structured bankruptcy, and Mitt Romney knows it. If his wife wants to go on the campaign trail and promote Mitt's fairy tale, then she will come under political campaign fire because of it. Not even Bain Capital was willing to help. The auto makers turned to the government because the private sector was unwilling, too weak, or whatever to do it.

    March 2, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. OwenJ

    Facts are a stubborn thing. And the facts prove that Ann Romney is being less than honest. All one has to do is read Romney's Op-Ed to know that he wanted the auto makers to go bankrupt. He did not want the government to loan the auto companies any money.

    March 2, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. diridi

    Does he know people are laughing at this guy. Bill Clinton left huge surplus of 800 billion dollars to the credit of this great big nation. Obama is fixing the mess by Bush, and Reagan's Trickle Down idiotic Theory. What nonsense. Just now, Nation is recuperating despite Congress idiocy. What a pig....nonsense to this nation. Karma.

    March 2, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. paul

    Dummy didn't you hear there was no one to fund the bankruptcy but the American people. You and your husband need to go back to school. Your man is weak and can't defend his own self but it takes a stupid female such as you to step out in front and try to defend this dummy. He knows that's true. If that the case why haven't he said anything. Oh he probably thought he said Barack's father.

    March 2, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. GI Joe.

    Getting his wifey-poo to fight his battles? Wonder how she'll stand up to President Obama -– she doesn't stand a chance. But (whine whine whne) Mitt is soooooooooooooo tired.

    If he thinks campaigning is tuff, he doesn't have a clue about the grueling job (24×7) of being President Obama.

    Guess maybe he thinks he can just live in the WH and read 100 books a year and that's it. ha ha ha ha

    March 2, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Durundal

    If I were Clinton and feeling smug, I would mail that woman a cigar

    March 2, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. GI Joe.

    Does she know the difference between theTaliban and Al Qaeda? Can she give a dissertation on, or debate, the Sunni and Shiite factions of Iraq?

    Didn't think so.

    March 2, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Come out from behind Ann's skirt, and stand up for yourself, you limp wristed, spineless jelly fish.

    March 2, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. Enough is Enough

    Many companies such as US Air, Kmart, etc have emerged just fine from bankruptcy. The biggest reason that auto companies went bankrupt is the UAW. Obama bailed out the UAW not the automakers, the way Obama handled this was illegal and in his own self interest, research how much unions fork over to Obamas campaign. What should have happened in an orderly bankruptcy is the UAW contract should have been ripped up and a new one signed. Taxpayers got the bill for Obama lining his pockets with union money.

    March 2, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I know that George would stand up for his son, the gaffer, but he would take him aside and tell him he is a fool.

    March 2, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens was in favor of the bank bail out, but is opposed to helping working Americans. Mittens has an economic plan that will give even more tax breaks for the wealthy and add $3.4 trillion to our national debt. Somebody should be concerned that the only thing the republicans have going for their candidates is that they are white.

    March 2, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. John

    Ann Romney has more balls then Mitt. Does he even have a spine?

    March 2, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. Thomas

    Why doesn't Ann Romney run for President . She has more spine then her husband.

    Ann why didn't your five sons volunteer for military service in time of war ?

    March 2, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. steven harnack

    Boy, it sure upsets Republikans that money was spent to keep Americans working, doesn't it? Why, that money could have built a perfectly good automobile plant in China or Mexico! And kept bankruptcy lawyers in Mercedes for years! Instead it was wasted keeping a million peons in their homes, homes that by rights some investor should have been able to pick up for peanuts. I guess that President Obama just hates America, eh?

    March 2, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. ST

    Romney campaign should wise up and avoid putting Ann Romney to answer campaign issues. It won't take long the media will corner her and put her in a box. They are trained for that and believe me they know how to do it. Just stay away Ann and do only the introduction of your husband.

    March 2, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Wow, Rmoney has to run and hide behind his wife's skirts? What a spineless, entitled spoiled rich kid. Where's that that "leadership" all his LSD followers keep lying about?

    March 2, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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