Mitt Romney, who may be under the mistaken belief that his New Hampshire victory means people actually like him, appeared on CBS's "This Morning" today and unleashed a series of lies that most Republicans haven't even gone near. Romney's past suggests he should stay clear of it too.
Mitt Romney, under attack by his opponents over his record of layoffs and restructuring at Bain Capital, said Wednesday that President Barack Obama was also forced to lay off people in the auto industry.
"In the general election, I'll be pointing out that the president took the reins of General Motors and Chrysler, closed factories, closed dealerships, laid off thousands and thousands of workers. He did it to try to save the business," Romney said on CBS's "This Morning."
"We also had the occasion to do things that are tough to try to save a business," Romney said. "We started a number of businesses, invested in many others and, overall, created tens of thousands of jobs."
If Romney's strategy for confronting accusations that he fired people for profit at Bain Capital is to say "yeah, well, the president fired people too!" he's not going to get very far with that. Because that's not just a lie. It's completely absurd.
Many employees did lose their jobs and many dealerships were forced to close when the auto industry was bailed out, however it was General Motors and Chrysler who decided which ones, not the president or his administration. Furthermore, many of those who were laid off were hired back after the dust settled, and if the Obama Administration had done nothing, the entire American auto industry could have imploded.
Another reason this is a losing argument for Mitt Romney is this. Let Detroit Go Bankrupt!
Blaming President Obama for firing people at General Motors was not the only whopper blurted out by Mitt Romney during this segment of CBS's "This Morning." There was also this gem of dishonesty.
"We started a number of businesses, invested in many others and, overall, created tens of thousands of jobs."
He created tens of thousands jobs? What happen to the claim that he created 100,000 jobs?
Oh. This is what happened. It was shredded.