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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Guess What Mitt Romney's Funny Wisconsin Story Is About? (You Win If You Guessed "Firing People.")

Posted by Paul Constant on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Here, via Daily Kos, is the story Mitt Romney tells when he tries to bond with Wisconsin voters:

Romney said he has some connections to Wisconsin.

“One of most humorous I think relates to my father. You may remember my father, George Romney, was president of an automobile company called American Motors … They had a factory in Michigan, and they had a factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and another one in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,” said Romney. “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.”

Romney said he recalled a parade in which the school band marching with his father’s campaign only knew the Wisconsin fight song, not the Michigan 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,” said Romney, laughing.

Does the man have any anecdote or analogy that doesn't involve firing people? It's like a nervous tic: When the pressure is on Mitt Romney, he's sure to blurt out a reference to laying off mass quantities of workers.

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