Obama revives ‘Romnesia’ attack with auto bailout criticism

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The inclusion of the auto bailout for the first time on Tuesday follows a pointed exchange with Romney in their debate Monday night in Boca Raton.

During the debate, Romney pushed back against criticism of the 2008 op-ed that was mentioned by Obama on Tuesday, saying the suggestion that he was in favor of the car companies going out of business was the “height of silliness.”

“I said that we would provide guarantees, and that was what was able to allow these companies to go through bankruptcy, to come out of bankruptcy,” Romney said.

“Under no circumstances would I do anything other than to help this industry get on its feet,” he continued. “And the idea that has been suggested, that I would liquidate the industry — of course not.”

Clearly sensing a political advantage, however, Obama touted the auto bailout in a closing campaign commercial released after the debate, and he told supporters Tuesday that the auto industry was “revving again.”