In 2008, presidential candidate Mitt Romney got a strong boost from his home state of Michigan, winning his only primary victory in a state once governed by his father, George Romney, who was also the one-time head of American Motors.
Things may be a little different this time as the younger Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, once again throws his hat in the ring.
Making a series of early campaign stops in the heartland of the domestic auto industry, the candidate is being dogged by protestors who recall that despite his expressed support for the slumping auto industry, in 2008, Romney went on to argue against a federal rescue of bankrupt General Motors and Chrysler, insisting he believed in “the process of law,” rather than bailouts.
An op-ed he authored in the New York Times, prior to the election, was titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”
More than 100 auto workers gathered outside a restaurant in the Motor City suburb of Livonia, on Thursday, some carrying signs with the name, “Mitt” circled, with a line through it.