If you want to know exactly what Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney thinks about the Chevrolet Volt, listen to his laugh before he answers a question about the car posed to him during a radio interview on WRKO in Boston recently. Romney was asked what he thought about the car, and he responded with a dismissive-sounding laugh by labeling the plug-in hybrid an "idea whose time has not come." He later explained that his attitude is proved correct by the Volt's low sales numbers. Whatever the reason, he clearly does not approve of the car.

Romney's criticism should play well with the conservative base that dislikes the Volt, but it's not probably going to help him win Michigan, where the Volt was designed and is built. Local media outlets are already dinging the former Governor of Massachusetts and Michigan native son for criticizing the breakthrough hybrid. As a United Auto Workers leader at the Volt plant said on a recent conference call, "It's not an idea that is ahead of its time. It's behind its time. It should have been here [years ago] so we wouldn't be dependent on foreign oil." Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) tweeted her disapproval: "My blood is boiling: Romney attacks the Volt, a FANTASTIC U.S. car made in his home state by American workers"

Romney has long been critical of the DOE's advanced vehicle technology loans (which were given to Fisker, Ford, Nissan and Tesla, among others) and the auto industry bailout. Both of those programs were started under President George Bush but are often associated with President Obama. In 2008, Romney wrote an op-ed titled, "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt," so his aversion to federal support for the industry is anything new.

You can hear Romney laugh about the Volt at the beginning of the video embedded after the jump, or you can listen to his entire 20-minute WRKO interview here.



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      garylai
      • 4 Months Ago
      Old Salt - The shale used to extract shale oil from is usually pulled out of the ground through open-pit strip mining. The exposure of these materials to the air causes rapid oxidization and erosion, leaching acid and metals like mercury into the ground water, not to mention the damage done to the local ecosystems by ripping all the flora from the ground. Your statement that the oil shale is coming from below the aquifers is completely false. In order to get the oil from the shale, it must be heated to an extremely high temperature in process known as pyrolosis, which requires a huge input of energy. This is done with natural gas which is extracted at the same location as the oil shale. The result is a huge output of greenhouse gases to produce the oil. Shale from oil is very expensive to produce. The reason it is growing is because of the high price of oil over the last few years has made it profitable. The price of imported oil has very little to do with what it takes to actually produce it. The price of oil is instead set by commodity traders and speculation. Currently oil is trading at $100 a barrel whereas most analysts agree that producers from nations with large reserves like Russia and OPEC would be profitable if the price of oil were only $40 a barrel. Speculating of oil future markets has driven oil prices to their current high states which is why oil shale is now profitable. The only one that is embarrasing themselves around here is you.
      ronwagn
      • 4 Months Ago
      A Rambler would be a better car for the money.
      Dave D
      • 4 Months Ago
      This is like a competition to see who can go down in history as making the dumbest quotes that we'll all look back and laugh at. Seriously, it's like: "if man were meant to fly, he'd have been born with wings". What person TRIES to find stupid things to say when they're in the spotlight? Do they really want to go down in history as a sound-bite example of stupid things to say?
        Marco Polo
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Dave D
        @Dave D Mitt would have agreed with those who believed the ballpoint pen was only a fad, and invested in more inkwells for the US public service!
      BlueGTR
      • 4 Months Ago
      @oldsalt You may want to call EPA http://www.npr.org/2011/12/08/143386908/epa-connects-fracking-with-water-contamination
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thanks Mitt, you've made my decision easier come November if you make it through the primaries. No way no how could I vote for someone that can't look to the future, it's what a leader does. I haven't been totally satisfied with President Obama, but alas I will be stuck with yet another election where my choices are between the lesser of two evils as always seems to be the case.
      brotherkenny4
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mitt's statement is simply an unapologetic attempt to tap the republican base which get's it's marching orders from Rush Limbaugh and his bosses. Until the US can get education to actually work we'll always end up with a large segment of the populace that will buy into stupid stuff, and there will always be someone who will pander to their stupidity. It's not just the right either, although FOX has taken it to the extreme, CNN and Oprah have similar strategies to FOX. That being find an audience of dissatified people and then tell them their unhappyness is not their fault, it is someone else causing it, or some disease like ADD or manic depression or some other garbage. Anyway, I don't think Mitt would make a good president, but then I don't see many candidates that would. They will all say something similarly stupid at some point, and it suggests either ineptitude or dishonesty and neither is a good trait. For instance, every politician will say how hard working americans are. Which in general is not true. It is true that some are hard working, but certainly not more than 50%. So are these politician unable to see the truth (ineptitude) or are they pandering (dishonest). Probably a little of both.
      Actionable Mango
      • 3 Years Ago
      Poor Chevy Volt, Conservative politicians hate you because you're too green. Liberal bloggers hate you because you aren't green enough.
        Chris M
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Actionable Mango
        Actually, the uninformed conservatives hate the Volt because they associate it (wrongly) with Obama, and they hate Obama so they must hate the Volt as well. The only reason they hate "Green" is because they associate it with "Liberals" and they hate Liberals. Now there are some Conservatives that love how the Volt and similar cars are reducing oil imports, and how efficient they are, and how it will benefit the country in the long run. They are Conservatives who actually want to conserve! Sadly, they're greatly outnumbered by the uninformed conservatives, and the result is a Republican party that is slowly self-destructing due to a tide of overwhelming ignorance.
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mitt Romney is a politician whose time has not come.
      Ladson
      • 3 Years Ago
      A vote for this politician will be a vote to continue the oil company and the 1% of rich people's control of the Government. Back to George Bush's World we will go.
      • 4 Months Ago
      I'm a lifetime Republican. I never believed in an oil company conspiracy to kill off competition with propaganda until I actually drove and then purchased a Volt. Not only do I love the car, love the torque, love the silence, but this is my monthly gas spend before and after the Volt. 1/11 - $384.17 (2008 Honda Accord V6). 2/11 - $346.18 (2008 Honda Accord V6). 3/11 - $417.10 (2008 Honda Accord V6). 4/11 -$406.91 (2008 Honda Accord V6). 5/11 - $439.99 (2008 Honda Accord V6). 6/11 - $537.65 (2008 Honda Accord V6). 7/11 - $356.95 (2008 Honda Accord V6). 8/11 - $222.85 (2008 Honda Accord V6). 9/11 - $293.04 (2008 Honda Accord V6). 10/11- $29.63 (Volt Month). 11/11 - $53.27 (Volt Month). 12/11 - $18.51 (Volt Month).
      Mark Schaffer
      • 4 Months Ago
      The man is a moron.
        Spec
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Mark Schaffer
        Mitt is clearly not a moron. But he is out of touch with the average American and he has no understanding of the impending oil crunch.
          Chris M
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Spec
          He suffers from the Millionaire CEO syndrome - he was born in wealth, grew up surrounded by wealth, went to exclusive schools with other wealthy kids, associates with the rich country club set, and all his friends are wealthy. He has no idea how the middle class lives, let alone the working class poor. That explains his views and politics, favoring the rich, screw everyone else.
      JIM
      • 4 Months Ago
      Hey Romney, , Just go buy a Leaf and a Prius and send American dollars to Japan! What an idiot?
        Chris M
        • 4 Months Ago
        @JIM
        Oh, he'd never do that, he'd just buy another gas guzzling luxury car, maybe a Mercedes or a Rolls. Then he'd make a play for the "Drill Baby Drill" crowd by gassing it up and crowing about how much US oil he's burning...
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