Romney, Auto Union Likely To Clash In Michigan

GOP hopeful Mitt Romney will make a major speech on the economy Friday in Michigan, while members of an auto workers union prepare to protest.


GOP hopeful Mitt Romney will make a major speech on the economy Friday in Michigan.

He'll lay out his economic plan, which is expected to call for tax cuts and reforms to Social Security and Medicare.

The candidate, who infamously penned an opinion piece for The New York Times entitled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt," is expected to get a harsh reaction from the automobile industry, which decries Romney's opposition to President Obama's successful auto-industry bailout. Members and supporters of the United Auto Workers have planned a rally in Detroit, where they will spell out Romney's headline on 26 American-made cars.

Romney has defended his stance by saying that auto companies should have taken care of their problems themselves rather than relying on government money.

Romney is neck-and-neck in the state he grew up in with a surging Rick Santorum. Many political analysts believe a loss in Michigan would be disastrous for his campaign.

Voters will go to the polls in Michigan and Arizona Tuesday.

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  • by Jerry Location: colorado springs on Feb 24, 2012 at 09:07 AM
    I have been on both sides of the union issue, as a union employee and a business owner of a union shop in Chicago. The unions do not want to shut down big business but the opposite is true. If you think the American auto industry is in trouble because of the unions, you are truly clueless. Labor costs only account for about 10 percent of the cost of producing a vehicle. And it’s not the cost of American cars that people complain about; they’re already often thousands of dollars less than their Japanese counterparts. If you think I am wrong, what do you drive and why did you buy it. I own a Ford and a Chevy.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Feb 24, 2012 at 07:53 AM
    Just like government, unions have grown over the years to be more of a threat than a benefit to those they "serve". The saying about power corrupts and absolute power absolutely corrupts is true in both cases. I think the way to limit the unbridled power of unions is through a right to work law. This is America and people who work should have the right NOT to have to join a union in order to have a job.
  • by Anonymous Location: C.S. on Feb 24, 2012 at 07:37 AM
    Excellent comment!
  • by Bradman on Feb 24, 2012 at 07:16 AM
    Romney is correct. The auto industry is being held hostage by unions. Which in turn makes everyone over pay for vehicles. They need to put all unions back in their place.
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