I have to give Rick Perry’s campaign props for their opposition research.  This was fresh in my inbox during the debate in response to Mitt Romney’s position on the auto bailouts:

In 2008, Mitt Romney promised Michigan voters he would "spend billions more in federal money to bolster struggling automakers." He proposed a five-fold increase in federal funding for the automotive industry: $20 billion in new taxpayer-funded spending.

Romney claimed, "I’m not open to a bailout, but I am open to a workout," he said. "Washington should not be a benefactor, but it can and must be a partner." [1] [2] [3]

Gannett News Service called Romney’s plan a "massive federal bailout." [4]

The Associated Press said Romney "told voters what he thought they wanted to hear" and would "do whatever it takes to be president" after his promise to Michigan voters. [5]

The (Toledo) Blade said Romney’s auto plan "recalls the federal bailout of the ailing Chrysler Corp. in 1979." [6]

The Salt Lake Tribune said Romney’s "message of a government bailout" was "wholly inconsistent with his claims to be the real conservative in the race." [7]

SOURCES
[1] "Romney vows to aid car industry," The Detroit News, 1/15/08
[2] "Republican candidates prepare for Michigan primary," Associated Press, 1/14/08
[3] "McCain, Romney take different routes to win over Michigan voters," The Washington Post, 1/15/08
[4] "Thompson scattergun hits Huckabee, Romney, McCain," Gannett News Service, 1/18/08
[5] "Mitt won, authenticity lost," Associated Press, 1/15/08
[6] "Promise made in Michigan could backfire on Romney," Toledo Blade, 1/20/08
[7] "From now on, Romney’s home field edge is gone," The Salt Lake Tribune, 1/25/08

Yes Mitt Romney, the man of consistency!  Please!

1 comment
  1. I used to think his flips were pure political calculations but I’m starting to think his brazen denials are symptoms of an underlying pathology.

Comments are closed.

Get CT In Your Inbox!

Don't miss a single update.

You May Also Like

Carly Fiorina in Pleasant Hill (Video)

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina held a campaign meet-and-greet in the home of former Pleasant Hill Mayor Mike Richardson last Friday afternoon.

FAMiLY LEADER: Let The Candidates’ Yes be Yes and Their No be No.

Matthew 5:33-37 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by…

David Young Announces 2020 Campaign in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District

David Young launched his 2020 campaign in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District to challenge Cindy Axne for the seat he lost in 2018.

Rick Santorum’s Hypothetical Challengers for the Hypothetical 2016 Nomination

Nate Silver offers a fine illustration of how absurd political blogging can…