Ohio Dems criticize Romney, Kasich on auto bailouts


“I have great difficulty with Gov. Kasich and Gov. Romney taking credit for the recovery of Ohio's auto industry even though they did not support President Obama’s efforts to save it. Ohio's autoworkers know who fought for their jobs, and who didn't," he continued.

Democrats have made clear they think Romney's opposition to the bailouts can be used again him in a general election campaign in Midwestern states.

Romney wrote an op-ed in The New York Times in 2008 titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.” He argued that helping the companies when they were on the verge of going bankrupt would be worse for them in the long run than the consequences of bankruptcy itself.

In an interview with CNN Wednesday during the Republican Governors Association meeting in Orlando, Fla., Kasich he was not interested in rehashing the history of the bailout.

"I think there isn't a single person that I know that didn't want to have a strong auto industry in America," Kasich said. "It's just a matter of how you get there."

"What's done is done," he added. "We have a strengthening auto industry in Ohio, and I am very pleased about it. I am pleased for the families of workers who have jobs."

But Szollosi offered a different view, saying "no candidate who suggested that we let the American automobile industry go bankrupt should step foot in the Buckeye State without giving the men and women of our auto industry an honest explanation as to why their jobs were not worth saving."