Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has some nerve (or a serious lack of a moral compass, or maybe both). Despite famously calling for Detroit to “go bankrupt” in 2008, Romney now wants to take credit for the recovery of Detroit automakers.
“I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy, and finally when that was done, and help was given, the companies got back on their feet,” Romney told a Cleveland TV station while visiting a local auto plant Monday. “So, I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry has come back.”
While Romney seems to think his call for bankruptcy without government intervention for Detroit automakers merits him getting some credit for Detroit’s recovery, Steve Rattner, the “auto czar” who advised the White House on the auto rescue, told Talking Points Memo, “The idea he deserves credit is preposterous since the op-ed he wrote in 2008 said ‘Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,’ meaning the government should stay out — and that would have been a disaster,” he said. “I just think he’s somewhere out in the ionosphere.”
So there you have it folks…Mitt Romney doesn’t deserve credit for Detroit’s recovery, but he does deserve to be laughed at for trying to take credit for a recovery he had no role in, other than calling for Detroit to go bankrupt.