Romney jokes about factory layoffs

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Mitt Romney shared a “humorous” tale about his personal connection to the state of Wisconsin: laying off factory workers!

Mr. Burns Romney explained how his dad shipped off some factory jobs from Michigan to Wisconsin on a conference call on Wednesday.

“One of most humorous I think relates to my father. You may remember my father, George Romney, was president of an automobile company called American Motors…  They had a factory in Michigan, and they had a factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and another one in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. And as the president of the company he decided to close the factory in Michigan and move all the production to Wisconsin. 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…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.”

At points along the way, he could heard chucking, according to the New York Times.

Democrats quickly pounced — and this is becoming a regular thing — but the Romney campaign stood by his remarks. The campaign said, “Under President Obama, more Americans have lost their jobs, lost their homes and fallen into poverty than at any time since the Great Depression. It’s clear the Democrats will go to any lengths to avoid talking about Obama’s colossal failures, including ginning up fake outrage about a campaign story from 40 years ago involving Mitt Romney’s father.”

NY Mag nicknamed Romney “Awkward-truth-bot” for being brutally honest yet missing the sensitivity chip in his hard-wiring.

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Romney jokes about factory layoffs

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