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Romney Tells ‘Humorous’ Story About Father Closing Factory

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Romney Tells ‘Humorous’ Story About Father Closing Factory


On a conference call with Wisconsin supporters on Wednesday, Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney laughingly told the story of his father closing an auto factory in Michigan.

Romney’s story focused on an incident over 50 years ago in which his father, American Motors executive George Romney, shut down a factory in Michigan and shifted the work to Wisconsin.

Audio of Romney’s “humorous” anecdote is below:

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal has a partial transcript of Romney’s comments:

“Now later he decided to run for governor of Michigan, and so you can imagine that having closed the factory and moved all the production to Wisconsin was a very sensitive issue to him, for his campaign,” explained Romney, who described a subsequent campaign parade in which the school band marching with his father knew how to play Wisconsin’s fight song, but not Michigan’s.

“Every time they would start playing ‘On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin,’ my dad’s political people would jump up and down and try to get them to stop, because they didn’t want people in Michigan to be reminded that my dad had moved production to Wisconsin,” said Romney, laughing.

Romney’s opponents have wasted no time in using the gaffe as another way to paint Romney as an out of touch plutocrat. Lis Smith, a spokesman for President Obama’s re-election campaign, said in an email to The Atlantic: “Adding to his list of completely out-of-touch moments, today Mitt Romney recounted to Wisconsin voters on a tele-town hall a ‘humorous’ story about his father closing a factory in Michigan.”

Similarly, the Democratic National Committee urged voters in a statement to “file this one under the ever-growing ‘Romney wealth gaffes’ category.”

The gaffe won’t make it any easier for Romney to restore his standing in Michigan. According to recent polls, Romney trails President Obama by double digits in the state where he was born.

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. ObozoMustGo March 29, 2012

    Numbers of the day —————————> 414 – 0

    Answer: The vote to defeat of Obozo’s proposed budget in the House of Representatives

    Where were the democRATS? crickets…… crickets……. crickets……

    I’ll tell you where they were…. voting with a strange and unfamiliar outburst of common sense. Dont worry, it wont last.

  2. Sara A Mann March 30, 2012

    has that man anything but cotton in his head???

  3. nkiflemar March 30, 2012

    Boy, that is a funny story Mitt! So funny to laugh about people losing their jobs and sometimes their homes, savings, healthcare, etc. I am sure even the Wisconsin people thought you were a jerk to be laughing about closing a plant in another state. Kinda like closing some businesses so you can tear down a $12 million dollar house to turn around and build a new one with car elevators! So many folks are suffering in this country in the middle class and lower, while the wealthy are doing very well. Heck, even some of the wealthy are saying this is wrong. Why are there still so many dumb people who will vote for these arrogant greeps on the right? Is it because you think you might go to heaven? I hate to tell you but I have a feeling Jesus is sickened by the behavior of these guys who are hurting the majority of us to get even more of what they don’t actually need.

    1. phantomoftheopera March 30, 2012

      i’ve noticed that the more one flaunts their conservative ‘chrisitianity’ the less they act like jesus. apparently the gospels are just works of fiction, not a blueprint for living.

  4. Sir William The Paladin March 30, 2012

    Did Romney’s father bring this school marching band from Wisconsin to play in his campaign parade (and further “endear” him to Michigan voters), or did he use a band from Michigan? If the band came from Wisconsin, they could be excussed for not knowing Michigan’s fight song. If the band came from Michigan, Mitts father was just as clueless as he is. Maybe if it was a Wisconsin band they only played “On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin” and claimed not to know the Michigan march as a show of solidarity to the voters in Michigan and remind them of who they were actually being asked to vote for. If the band was from Michigan, they probably knew Midhigan’s fight song but feigned ingnorance. This really is a funny anecdote and Mitt doesn’t even know the joke is on him. “Seventy six up yours led the big parade
    With a hundred and ten middle finges up on hands
    They were followed by rows and rows of the vilest verbal prose;
    the schemes of a very venomous band.”

  5. Arlin Carlson March 30, 2012

    There nothing reallyhumorous aboutmovingjobs from one state to another simply to get lower taxes-which is what happened here. The Michigaan folks who lost jobs might not laugh at the”come and get it” tax gimmicks Wisconsin uses. Butmaybe it will foce a debate on intera state tax competitionand write offs thatbenefit companies buthurt eveyone else who makes up thetab for the tax give aways. And what’s funny about tax giveaways? Youpay for them-are youlaughing?

  6. dggrundhoffer March 30, 2012

    Yes money breeds a person who is out of touch with any person who works a 9 to 5 job or any other job which you actually work!!!!! He has just got the endorsement of Rep (R) Ryan who just push tru the new cut the the weathy tax rate budget. Wake up America!!! Before we are servants of the rich!!!

  7. dggrundhoffer March 30, 2012

    Yes money breeds a person who is out of touch with any person who works a 9 to 5 job or any other job which you actually work!!!!! He has just got the endorsement of Rep (R) Ryan who just push tru the new cut the the weathy tax rate budget. Wake up America!!! Before we are servants of the rich!!!

  8. Brian Holland March 31, 2012

    This is the kind of story Romney tells at his VIP country club with his billionaire buddies. They all have a good laugh about the people they put out of work while ordering another round of mai tai’s. “Gee. I wonder why people at my campaign rallies don’t find this funny.”

  9. Christopher March 31, 2012

    It would have been better for him to have not shared this story. I understand now just out of touch he is with the plight of the 99% He so does not see how much damage this caused in the minds of voters. He only see that the 1% too would find it “humorous”. On behalf of the 99% we reject your humor, Mitt! Fight songs are cute at best but the damage of closing a production factory is huge. Millions of lives impacted by such a decision, that Mitt Romney only sees as political humor. WOW! This is who he is and where he comes from. American elite, wealthy that have values based up aristocratic principals. The only thing missing from this story, “Let them eat cake”.


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