Romney has argued that Obama ultimately took his advice for handling the auto industry's woes of 2008 and 2009. But the course Romney advocated differed greatly from the one Obama took.
GM and Chrysler went into bankruptcy on the strength of a massive federal bailout that Romney opposed. Neither Republican President George W. Bush nor Democrat Obama believed the automakers would have survived without that backup from taxpayers.
The auto bailout, while decried by most Republicans on Capitol Hill, is largely supported by Democrats and Republicans in Michigan.
"Mitt Romney's empty promises on the economy today belie his opposition to the catalyst for Michigan's economic comeback: the auto rescue pushed by President Obama," said Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith. "'Mitt Romney didn't have the courage to bet on American workers."
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