Radio host Rush Limbaugh is scratching his head today at the strategy employed by Mitt Romney in the wake of his New Hampshire primary victory, as the former governor is likening himself to President Barack Obama.
During an appearance on CBS today, Romney said his job-cutting actions at his Bain Capital investment firm were no different from Obama’s bailouts of the U.S. auto industry.
“In the general election I’ll be pointing out that the president took the reins at General Motors and Chrysler – closed factories, closed dealerships laid off thousands and thousands of workers – he did it to try to save the business,” Romney said.
In his analysis of the comment, Limbaugh explained, “Romney said what he did running Bain Capital was no different from what Barack Obama did bailing out the auto industry. Thud! Kerplunk! You’ve got to be kidding me.”
Limbaugh said Romney was actually accepting the premise of his critics such as fellow Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry “that he has gone into these companies with a chainsaw.”
Limbaugh continued, “What Romney should’ve said is, ‘You call what I did layoffs? I was trying to save jobs. I was trying to save companies. Look at what Obama did at General Motors. Those jobs went overseas to the Chi-coms (Chinese communists). Look at how he’s laying off 80,000 soldiers.’ And this is a point. Is Obama trying to save the Pentagon by laying off 80,000 soldiers? No, ladies and gentlemen. Quite the opposite. There’s not a single thing that is common between we as conservatives and Barack Obama. Not a single thing. In the areas of economics and substance there’s not a single thing.”