Is it traditional for presidential candidates to take responsibility for the accomplishments of the incumbent?
Despite his 2008 call to "let Detroit go bankrupt," presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Monday that he would "take a lot of credit" for his impact on the U.S. automobile industry's comeback.
During an interview with WEWS-TV in Cleveland following a campaign stop, Romney said his views helped save the industry.
Technically, the auto manufacturers did enter a managed bankruptcy, but they also (for the most part) received government bailouts, which Romney was against. (He said the bailout money would "seal their fate," and that you could "kiss the American automotive industry goodbye" if they received bailouts.) So Romney can play the game of dancing around these technicalities to seize some form of the truth, but blue collar voters aren't going to buy it; Romney has been way down in Ohio since head-to-head polling started.
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