Campaigning in the backyard of America's auto industry, Mitt Romney re-ignited the bailout debate by suggesting he deserves "a lot of credit" for the recent successes of the nation's largest car companies.
That claims comes in spite of his stance that Detroit should have been allowed to go bankrupt.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee told a Cleveland television station on Monday that President Barack Obama followed his lead when he ushered auto companies through a managed bankruptcy soon after taking office.
"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 said in an interview inside a Cleveland-area auto parts maker. "So, I'll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry has come back."
Crazy, isn't it? Of course, Mitt Romney opposed Barack Obama's efforts, during the depths of the Bush economic collapse, to revive the American auto industry. But now he wants to take credit for such a huge success.
As Joe Biden has repeatedly said, "Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive," both thanks to Barack Obama. What's next, Romney taking credit for the death of Osama bin Laden?
Note that this isn't ancient history, either. Does he think we won't remember what he really said? Or does he just think, with all his big-money backers, that enough advertising will get people to believe anything?
Well, Republicans have seen that repeatedly work on Fox 'News,' I suppose.