"One man who is now seeking the Republican nomination for president of the United States said — and I quote — 'We should kiss the American automobile industry goodbye,' " said Reid, referencing a line Romney wrote in opposition to President Obama’s bailout of the auto industry. "[Y]ou can't make up stuff like that. That's what he actually said."

Reid actually truncated and misquoted the line written by Romney in a opinion piece for The New York Times in November 2008. Romney wrote that "if General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye."

"It won’t go overnight but its demise will be virtually guaranteed," he continued. 

Regardless, Reid's remarks seemed designed to create maximum damage to Romney, who is hanging on to a tiny lead over rival Rick Santorum in the Michigan primary. 

Reid went on to slam Romney, suggesting the former governor would have allowed Michigan's largest city to go bankrupt. 

"He called the death of American auto manufacturers virtually guaranteed," said Reid. " 'Virtually guaranteed' is another direct quote. And so he argued we should just let Detroit go bankrupt."