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.