Romney could face Mich. trouble over auto bailout

June 9, 2011 - 3:15 AM
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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2008 file photo, Republican presidential hopeful former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to supporters after winning the Michigan primary in Southfield, Mich. Romney makes his first campaign swing through Michigan this week since officially kicking off his 2012 campaign six days ago. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan gave Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney his first — and only — primary victory in 2008.

That was before he spoke out against a federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler as they teetered on the brink of insolvency in late 2008.

He could run into a more skeptical reception this week as he makes his first campaign swing through Michigan since kicking off his 2012 campaign.

Democrats are eager to remind voters of Romney's opposition. Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm says Romney doesn't deserve Michigan donations when he opposed a federal "donation" to save the automakers.

A Romney spokesman says Romney simply argued that GM and Chrysler should go through bankruptcy without the federal bailout. The bailout is expected to cost taxpayers $14 billion once automakers finish repayments.