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Mitt Romney opened a “tele-town hall” with Wisconsin voters on Wednesday afternoon with what he described as a “humorous” story highlighting his connections to the state. But not everyone found the story, about his father closing a Michigan factory, quite so funny. “You may remember my father, George Romney, was president of an automobile company called American Motors and they made Ramblers and Jeeps, and they had a factory in Michigan, and they had a factory in Kenosha, Wis., and another one in Milwaukee, Wis.,” Mr. Romney began. “And as the president of the company he decided to close the factory in Michigan and move all the production to Wisconsin. Now later he decided to run for governor of Michigan, and so you can imagine that having closed the factory and moved all the production to Wisconsin was a very sensitive issue to him, for his campaign.”
Mr. Romney continued, chuckling at points: “And I recall at one parade where he was going down the street, he was led by a band — they had a high school band that was leading each of the candidates — and his band did not know how to play the Michigan fight song, it only knew how to play the Wisconsin fight song. So every time they would start playing ‘On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!’ my dad’s political people would jump up and down and try to get them to stop, because they didn’t want people in Michigan to be reminded that my dad had moved production to Wisconsin.” The story, however, struck some as a bit too close to home for Mr. Romney, whose opponents have said he closed factories and eliminated jobs during his tenure at Bain Capital, a private equity firm.
Democrats quickly pounced on the anecdote, citing it as another example of what they say is Mr. Romney’s inability to understand the concerns of average Americans. “Adding to his list of completely out-of-touch moments, today Mitt Romney recounted to Wisconsin voters on a tele-town hall a ‘humorous’ story about his father closing a factory in Michigan,” Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for President Obama’s re-election campaign, wrote in an e-mail. And the Democratic National Committee also began sending out links to articles recounting the moment, saying, “File this one under the ever-growing ‘Romney wealth gaffes’ category.”
Originally posted by jjkenobi
I have no interest in voting for Romney, and I'm a Republican. Being rich doesn't bother me, all presidential candidates are rich. The Dems had John Kerry and John Edwards run together not too long ago and they were the wealthiest twosome of candidates to ever run. So if Dems are complaining about the rich they are just hypocrites. I want someone who is actually Conservative to vote for. Bush was halfway conservative, McCain was 10% conservative, and Romney isn't much better.
Originally posted by FFS4000
reply to post by watchitburn
When was Abe Lincoln the President ? I think that was probably about the last time anyone had an honest politician