Clinton: Romney's Dad 'Turning Over in Grave'

Saving auto industry is Obama's greatest achievement, Bill says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2012 8:14 AM CST

(Newser) – Bill Clinton got personal yesterday while attacking Mitt Romney over his opposition to the auto industry bailout. "Every time I hear Mr. Romney talking about this I think his daddy must be turning over in his grave. We could not afford to lose a million and a half to 2 million jobs," Clinton said in a speech before the United Auto Workers, CBS reports. George Romney was the chief executive of American Motors before becoming governor of Michigan and seeking the 1968 GOP presidential nomination.

The "auto industry package is the most important thing that was initiated by President Obama and the administration," Clinton said, arguing that Obama could have "walked away" from Detroit's woes. "It wasn't a bailout, it was a restructuring, it was a structured bankruptcy," Clinton said. "What was the alternative? Abolish all pensions and ask you to work for the minimum wage? That is not the America I want to live in." (Read more auto bailout stories.)

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