UAW Chief Disputes Romney's Auto Bailout Claims

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
King says the credit should go to Obama and Democrats in Congress.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. listens at left as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a news conference prior to a town hall-style meeting in Aston, Pa., Monday, April 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

DETROIT (AP) -- The head of the United Auto Workers union is disputing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's claim that he deserves credit for saving Detroit's automakers.
UAW President Bob King said in a statement released Tuesday by the Democratic National Committee that Romney had been opposed to government loans approved for the car companies by President Barack Obama.
King says the credit should go to Obama and Democrats in Congress.
Romney told a Cleveland television station Monday that he will "take a lot of credit" for the auto industry's comeback and that Obama followed his lead when he ushered auto companies through a managed bankruptcy soon after taking office.
General Motors and Chrysler went into bankruptcy and emerged more stable on the strength of a billion-dollar bailout that Romney opposed.

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  • by Terry Location: Mason on May 10, 2012 at 01:21 PM
    I hate to admit it but Bush actually started this bail out crap for the union thugs. He made a deal with the union and the union decided to stop negotiations because they would get a better deal from Obama. That is fact. It was wrong for taxpayer money to bail out a private corporation no matter who did it. People have suffered long enough and lost property, retirements etc. Now Snyder is bowing down to welfare and teachers unions giving back all they should have lost and never had. Romney does not stand a chance in the elections so you may as face it, be prepared to continue losing what ever you have left. People are so blind. There is little difference between republicans and democrats. They seem to work together watching this great country fail. It makes me sad watching America fall apart. It will only get worse after elections.
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      by Anonymous on May 11, 2012 at 05:20 AM in reply to Terry
      What are you rambling on about? So if there was no bail out for the auto companies what do you think the unemployment rate would be in Michigan right now? Do you think that the state would have any money at all for any services like road, police, fire? NO! And what do you mean Snyder is bowing down to the teachers? Sure doesn't sound like he has to me. He has gotten just about everything he has wanted. Facts not general statements that can't be backed up is what is needed.
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      by Anonymous on May 11, 2012 at 01:41 PM in reply to Terry
      The defeat of a long time senator in IN gives us hope in MI. If the senate wants us to beleive in them, they should take away their life time benefits.
  • by Wow on May 9, 2012 at 09:31 AM
    By the time comments are posted the story has been deleted. What a joke
  • by Ah ha moment! on May 9, 2012 at 05:44 AM
    Wow did you figure that out on your own? Or did someone tell you that! Politicians are just as corrupt and evil as you say the union. Guess its who you choose to live with. Be very careful who you vote for-you may not like what the politician morphs into!
  • by Filthy Republican Location: Lansing on May 9, 2012 at 05:02 AM
    LOL. Sure didn't take the unions long to chime in. If it wasn't for the bloodsucking unions taking General Motors for everything they had all of these years GM would probably have never needed a bailout in the first place. Just how far are the citizens of Michigan going to let these unions go???? There won't be a job left in this state if the unions keep it up.
  • by Anonymous Location: Michigan on May 8, 2012 at 07:56 PM
    Yup! Union officials are the most honest people in the world. Honestly they should all be in jail.
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      by Anonymous on May 11, 2012 at 01:40 PM in reply to Anonymous
      Is that why hoffa disappeared? His honest?
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