"The president is going to go after me. I'll go after him." That pretty much sums up every presidential race in recent memory, where it seems attacking the opposing side is just as important as proving your own personal worth. And the 2012 U.S. presidential election, unsurprisingly, is shaping up much the same.

The words above came from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is in the running for the Republican nomination. According to a Romney interview conducted by Fox News, President Obama is responsible for closing factories and laying off workers during the government-backed bankruptcies of Chrysler and General Motors. Detractors would argue that factory closings and a shrinking workforce were unavoidable at the automakers and that the plans were effectively put in motion on former President George Bush's watch.

This new line of reasoning from Romney comes as he himself is under attack for his role in Bain Capital, a highly profitable Boston-based private equity firm. Depending on who you're asking, Bain was either a creator of jobs and a savior of broken companies or a group of rich investors whose sole goal was to make money at the expense of everything else. Either way, there's no denying that many facilities were closed and many jobs were lost under the ownership of Bain Capital.

As for President Obama's reaction, The Detroit News quotes Michigan spokesman for the Obama campaign, Clark Pettig, as saying:

"We know what Mitt Romney did when 1.4 million jobs were on the line – he opposed the rescue loan the president extended to avoid liquidation, and made clear he would let Detroit go bankrupt. It's no wonder he did that, because when he was a corporate buyout specialist, he laid off thousands of workers, closed factories and outsourced jobs solely in order to create profits for himself and his partners."

Welcome to election season, folks.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice way to get more page clicks and comments.
      NAIF S
      • 3 Years Ago
      The question might be, say for GM, did closing the plant in Spring Hill and moving production to Michigan really save GM any money after adding up all the expenses incured, thats all expenses incured.
      humblesophos
      • 3 Years Ago
      And thank you Craig Conlee for reminding us that GM bankrupted GM!! Poor vehicles, reliability woes, failure to compete on a technological level with their foreign competitors, and overpaying for employee benefits (including CEO pay outs, employee retirement funds etc.) caused their failure and bankruptcy not Obama or the Governor of Massachusetts.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Republicans will do anything to get back the White House, even if it means, lying and false accusing. They will blame Obama for everything that goes wrong in the economy and block all of his bills, even if it means hurting the American middle class. This is one prime example.
      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Use one word to describe hypocrite - Republican
        caddy-v
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
        One word to describe parasite - Democrat.
        Ernie Mccracken
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
        Stop discussing this crap here. This is not CNN or FOX. This crap does not belong on this site.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
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      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      So shameless. Just rename the blog "Huffington Post Autos"
        Joshua Arnette
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Yeh, really bad when you find partisan political crap at a car news site. Mr. Korzeniewski, if you are going to quote people please at least do it honestly and do not omit the reference point. HuffPoAutoBlog.com, rofl
      ALafya
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog, looks like you vehemently support Obama. Otherwise, why quote what some anonymous Michigan spokesman said and not what Romney said.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ALafya
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          Carpinions
          • 3 Years Ago
          Sure. Because something a politician said about the auto industry has no business being posted on a blog about said industry, however wrong or right. Crawl back into your conspiracy cave please.
        TelegramSam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ALafya
        @Sea Urchin How can you support the GOP when they oppose, vehemently, two issues which would go a long way to hedge corruption: Term limits and Campaign Finance Reform. I don't hear too many Democrats speak out against these issues when they are brought up. Why is that?
          Bob
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TelegramSam
          Not that it is relevant to anything, but where did he even say he supported the GOP?? This crap has nothing to do with automotive news. And Sea Urchin is certainly correct that this type of posting seems to be becoming more frequent here. Maybe set the talking points down and read the actual comment...
        carboy55
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ALafya
        I don't think I've ever seen "vehimently" used to modify the word "support." Vehimently deny, vehimently defend vehimently dispute.... yes. "Sweetheart, I vehimently love you!" Nah.
      carboy55
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can't fix stupid. Or Republican gullibility
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        @carboy55
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          delsolo1
          • 3 Years Ago
          It only seems like yesterday that President Clinton handed over a budget surplus to President Bush and a Republican House. Teabaggers seem to have forgotten the good ole days.
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          Michael
          • 3 Years Ago
          Get your facts straight Urchin. You've been listening to the morons and believing them. If anyone is responsible for the downgrade, it's the Republicans/Tea Baggers. The fool Boehner couldn't even control his little dwarfs. Your comment reflects the kind of ignorance that is destroying America and obstructing growth. Just another angry little man who knows nothing about what he speaks of unless he heard it on FauxNews.com or from that drug addict Rush Limbaugh.
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        carboy55
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carboy55
        Oh, silly me - I always thought it was the freshmen tea baggers creating a faux debt crisis last summer that downgraded our rating. Maybe you've been on the Fox Planet all these months.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carboy55
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          TelegramSam
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carboy55
          @Sea Urchin You clearly do not understand what the Debt Limit increase means. If it is not raised, it is tantamount to default on debt. In other words, the vote comes after the accrual of debt has already occurred. Not raising the Debt Limit, is the issue, not the amount of debt itself.
          Pavel
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carboy55
          @Sea Urchin If you look at the actual S&P downgrade decision, it was because of the dysfunction in Washington - name a handful of a fresh rep in the house that blocked any attempts at a compromise. That being said, the autoblog article is complete garbage.
          carboy55
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carboy55
          Stop spitting, it will be alright. Change the channel, son.
          Michael
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carboy55
          Sea Urchin, give it up while you still have even an iota of self respect left unless it's all shot already.
      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are those who think the usa would be better off had GM and Chrysler liquidated take Ford with them??????????? This industry we leaned on to fight WWII I know where my tax dollars went for the auto bailouts. I don`t know where the other tax dollars go that government pisses away. I guess what I don`t know doesn`t bother me either. Bush destroyed our economy but he did ink the very first of the bailouts. Good idea by the Republican view until the very moment Obama stepped foot in office. I`m not bothered one bit, having a black man as my president Obama 2012. We today are living a legacy left from the former Republican adminstration. Let us not forget come election day.
        caddy-v
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
        Let's also not forget that this current clown in charge has divided this nation more than any time in our history since the civil war. Rich against poor, the haves against the have nots, the I got it against the give it to me's, the I work hard for a living against the I want you to work hard for a living so you can support me's and the tax the rich against the give it to the lazy. I'm glad having a black man as president does'nt bother you, since it was'nt a problem for all the non-blacks that helped put him in office. Bringing it up makes one wonder why you have to start with the race card? It's never been about race for me, it's about competency. This clown in charge is the most incompetent president ever to hold the office. A legacy that started in the Illinois senate to the US senate and continued in the white house. Maybe we should change the name to the presidents house so you won't be offended.
          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
          That's a friggin LIE. You know it go to hell.
          whofan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
          I want you to work hard for a living so you can support me's and the tax the rich against the give it to the lazy. " The rich have been moving our jobs to China for even more profits, Don`t forget the tax from the middle class also bailed out Wall street. "Bringing it up makes one wonder why you have to start with the race card? It's never been about race for me, it's about competency." No other president during my lifetime has been critsized as much as Obama has. Like George W Bish was more competent? It`s a unconvenient truth if Barrak Hussain Obama were named John Smith and white he would be viewed in a better light than G.W. Bush not worse! Even his nationality was put into question after he showed his birth certificate No race has nothing to do with it. Yea I don`t agree with Obama care either but he did try to do something about the runaway cost of health care. We need to get this cost off the backs of our employers. Republicans think the Walmart way is better. I do fault Obama care but this fault pales compared to the faults we suffered eight years prior to Obama taking office. Afganastain war yes, that led to Osama Bin Laden. Iraq war hell no, that led to nothing but the death of 4000+ US service men and women under false pretences. We had the country under a no fly zone after desert storm. They were defeated then. Bush could have had Bin Laden had he not been distracted by Iraq. A war that cost far more than anything Obama will ever do as president.
          ufgrat
          • 3 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
          Wow. Too bad your post and reality have nothing in common. Apparently no one ever told you it's better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
        Tommy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
        I used to have your same view about the auto bailouts, that they should be bailed out because they helped us so much in WW2. Then I learned how the free market works. The problem with GM and Chrysler was they relied too much on SUV's and Pickups to make up their sales and when gas prices skyrocketed in 2008 due to inflation and the economy tanked there was little demand for those vehicles. It was GM and Chryslers fault they were not able to adapt to the market. Bankruptcy is a healthy thing to clear the bad products off the market. The bailouts didn't work anyway so I say why not let them fail. My dad's small business wouldn't get bailed out. Also I wanted to say the reason we are in a recession is not because of Bush directly, or at least the main cause. Along with Obama for that matter. I don't approve of either one for that matter, they've both been horrid presidents as far as I can tell. Government did have a roll to play in over regulating the overall economy, deregulating the housing market, and over taxation but the main cause is the Federal Reserve. They have caused the Great Depression and the booms and busts. It is the Fed that lowered interest rates with inflated the housing bubble. You would not need so much regulation if we had sound money and no central bank. Along with high gas prices for that matter. Gas would be cheap if we had sound money. I can buy a gallon and half of gas with a pre-1965 90% silver quarter. Look up coinflation.com The only candidate addressing these issues is Ron Paul and he has my vote for 2012. He is the only candidate who will uphold the Constitution, which is what we need in this dark hour of America. The NDAA bill was just passed and totally ignored by the mainstream media. RON PAUL 2012 END THE FED & RESTORE AMERICA TO THE CONSTITUTION
          TruthHertz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tommy
          Yep, until Ron Paul lets another dictator like Hitler rise without any resistance. Look at what Roosevelt did in WWII by waiting as long as he did. How many extra people died in the concentration camps? How many soldiers were slaughtered due to lack of resources and man power? The last thing we need is a ***** in the White House with the middle east extra turmoil and nuclear proliferation becoming more and more pronounced. Aside from that, I do agree with Ron Paul 99% of the time, but foreign policy does matter and his approach doesn't work. Want another example of another POS president that had a similar foreign policy? See Jimmy Carter. Currently Jimmy Carter Part 2 is in office. He's just half black this time and has a Muslim name.
        carfan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
        Well said whofan
        Tommy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
        I'm posting this for everybody who thinks Ron Paul's foreign policy is whacky or strange or would lead to the rise of Hitler. That is not true about it leading to the rise of Hitler. If you understand how Hitler rose to power through the sanctions the allies put on against Germany then you'd understand how Ron Paul's foreign policy would prevent that. Non-interventionism was George Washington's foreign policy, it's the foreign policy we currently share with China and Vietnam, trade with people instead of fighting with people http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8NhRPo0WAo
      barreto
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mitt was one of the investors who helped start Staples, which now employs more than 90,000 people and sat on the board of directors for over a decade. People who slam him for "buying and firing" are uniformed and ignorant.
        Ernie Mccracken
        • 3 Years Ago
        @barreto
        Stop discussing this crap here. This is not CNN or FOX. This crap does not belong on this site.
        darkness
        • 3 Years Ago
        @barreto
        Staples lmmfao those are some great paying jobs huh?
          tkosoccer03
          • 3 Years Ago
          @darkness
          it's better than 90,000 unemployed you ungrateful fuk.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @darkness
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        Commentotron
        • 3 Years Ago
        @barreto
        My problem with Mitt isn't (so much) his business background, it's his waffle factor. What does Mitt believe in? Whatever you want him too if it means you'll vote for him. The man is a blatant fraud.
      scocrmch
      • 3 Years Ago
      Flip Romney is a d-bag!
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