In an interesting use of robocalls, Rick Santorum is using Mitt Romney’s position on the auto bailout in 2008 against Mitt Romney. Santorum made the robocalls sound like it came from organized labor. Here is what the recording said.
“Michigan Democrats can vote in the Republican primary on Tuesday,” the narrator says in a copy of the automated call to Democratic voters that was initially obtained by Talking Points Memo. “Why is it so important? (Mitt) Romney supported the bailout for his Wall Street billionaire buddies, but opposed the auto bailout. That was a slap in the face to every Michigan worker. And we’re not going to let Romney get away with it.”
Then the ad closes with: “This call is supported by hard-working Democratic men and women and paid for by Rick Santorum for President.”
This, despite the fact that Rick Santorum vehemently opposed the “auto bailout.” In many ways, Santorum’s position against the bailouts and other forms of government intervention, is much stronger than Romney’s.
To remind you of Mitt Romney’s position, Mitt Romney wrote a piece in the New York Times that was coldly titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”
If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.
Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.
I love cars, American cars. I was born in Detroit, the son of an auto chief executive. In 1954, my dad, George Romney, was tapped to run American Motors when its president suddenly died. The company itself was on life support — banks were threatening to deal it a death blow. The stock collapsed. I watched Dad work to turn the company around — and years later at business school, they were still talking about it. From the lessons of that turnaround, and from my own experiences, I have several prescriptions for Detroit’s automakers.
Enough! On all points Mitt Romney was wrong. The most glaring is the first statement that with a bailout, you can “kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.”
The political blunder on Romney’s part is that he not only didn’t distance himself from his position in 2008, he doubled down on it by defending it. Thus, he made himself vulnerable to Rick Santorum. In spite of the fact that Rick Santorum opposed it too.
Mitt Romney calls the attacks a “dirty trick.” It is certainly a phony and disingenuous attack by Rick Santorum, given his position on government intervention of anything.
Mitt Romney blasted Rick Santorum’s campaign Tuesday for robocalls encouraging Democrats in Michigan to vote in the Republican primary, blasting the tactic as “outrageous and disgusting.”
“It’s a dirty trick. It’s outrageous to see Rick Santorum team up with the Obama people and go out after the union labor in Detroit to try to get them to vote against me,” Romney said on “Fox & Friends” on the day of the Michigan and Arizona primaries. “Look, we don’t want Democrats deciding who our nominee’s going to be, we want Republicans deciding who our nominees are going to be.”
He continued, “I just think it’s outrageous and disgusting, a terrible dirty trick at the last hour, by the way, late in the afternoon on the day before the election, maybe hoping no one would notice, they start sending out calls to Democrats, union members, telling them to go into the Republican primary and vote against Mitt Romney.”
The former Massachusetts governor warned that his rival “has a lot of explaining to do.”
But that’s politics. These robocalls and attacks will be nothing compared to what Romney will withstand in Michigan if he becomes the nominee. Rick Santorum is just waring up for what will come from “real” Democrats in the fall. President Barack Obama will remind voters every chance he gets that Mitt Romney didn’t lift a finger for his beloved home state. No way for homeboy Mitt Romney to act.
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