Top Romney Surrogate John McCain Surprised Romney Is Trying To Take Credit For Auto Rescue

Despite writing an op-ed titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” Mitt Romney is trying to take “a lot of credit” for the government’s successful bailout of the auto industry, claiming (falsely) that President Obama followed his playbook.

This is surprising to a lot of people, including, apparently, one of Romney’s chief surrogates — Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the GOP’s 2008 presidential nominee, who has been campaigning for Romney. “Romney said that he was responsible for the auto bailout?” Mccain asked TPM’s Brian Beutler today when asked about Romney’s comments. He went to criticize the deal that Romney is now trying to take credit for: “I know that if the auto companies had gone into bankruptcy like thousands of small businesses had to do across America, they could’ve emerged without the sweetheart deal for the unions like was orchestrated by the Obama administration.”