Former Michigan Gov. Granholm glad Obama ‘called Mitt out on autos’

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Granholm was among liberal pundits who expressed disappointment in Obama for not mentioning the assistance that was given to the auto industry in his first debate with Romney, on Oct. 3. Seeking to rectify the omission Tuesday night, Obama mentioned the title of a New York Times op-ed that was written by the former Massachusetts governor in 2008, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” within the first 15 minutes of his second contest with Romney. 

Granholm memorably detailed the number of jobs that Democrats argue were saved by the auto bailout state by state in her speech at the Democratic convention.

Romney pushed back quickly to Obama's criticism, saying the president was misrepresenting his position on the auto bailouts – and that the president followed his advice about the car companies. 

“One thing that the president said, which I want to make sure that we understand, he said that I said we should take Detroit bankrupt. And that’s right. My plan was to have the company go through bankruptcy like 7-Eleven did and Macy’s and Continental Airlines and come out stronger,” Romney said.

Romney was responding to Obama saying “[N]ow when Gov. Romney said we should let Detroit go bankrupt, I said we’re going to bet on American workers and the American auto industry, and it’s come surging back."

“I want to do that in industries, not just in Detroit, but all across the country and that means we change our tax code so we’re giving incentives to companies that are investing here in the United States and creating jobs here,” Obama continued.

The testy exchange was the first of many between Obama and Romney in a feisty debate Tuesday evening.