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Democrats Criticize Romney Upon His Visit To Indiana

Democrats are criticizing the former Massachusetts governor for opposing the auto-bailout.

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a town hall event in Dayton, Ohio, on March 3, 2012.

State Democratic Party chair Dan Parker says Mitt Romney needs to apologize to Hoosiers for opposing the auto-industry bailout. Romney is in Indianapolis for a private fundraiser on the eve of Tuesday’s primary.

Romney wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in 2008 opposing the auto-industry bailout and has since criticized how President Obama handled it.  State Democratic Party chair Dan Parker says the bailout will be a critical issue in the general election.

“Mitt Romney, Richard Mourdock and Mike Pence were all on record as saying the auto companies needed to go bankrupt,” he says. “They were all wrong.”

Parker also criticized Romney for holding a private fundraiser Monday instead of a public event.  State GOP spokesman Pete Seat says Romney held a private event to avoid drawing too much attention away from local races. And Seat says the real issue of the fall campaign will be the President’s record.

“What Chairman Parker and Democrats are going to have to answer to during the course of this campaign is why their policies have failed and why they should be given another four years,” Seat says.

Seat says the state GOP isn’t taking the presidential race for granted and hopes Romney will visit the state more often between now and November.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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