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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and vice-presidential candidate U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) (R) talk on their campaign bus after a rally in Dayton, Ohio September 25, 2012 during a two-day bus tour of Ohio.  U.S. President Barack Obama is on the TV behind them.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION)
As the conversation drifted towards Ohio,
Romney and Ryan shifted their hands into a defensive position
Here's one of the reasons that President Obama is leading Mitt Romney by 10 points in the latest Quinnipiac/New York Times/CBS survey of Ohio: More than twice as many Ohioans think the auto rescue plan was a success than think it was a failure.
Do you think the government loans to the American auto industry were mostly a success or mostly a failure?

Mostly a success: 62
Mostly a failure: 30

And while Obama gets credit for saving the auto industry, Mitt Romney's plan was to simply let Detroit go bankrupt. Given that one in eight Ohio jobs are linked to the auto industry, it's not hard to see why the issue plays well for President Obama, a fact lamented by a GOP strategist with this colorful language:
Putting a finer point on the matter, one longtime Ohio GOP strategist called Obama's advantage on the auto bailout "a kick in the balls" for the Romney campaign.
With all due respect to Mitt Romney's family jewels, if he'd gotten his way, tens if not hundreds of thousands of Ohioans would have gotten far worse than a kick in the balls: They'd have lost the industry upon which they depend for their livelihood. But it is worth remembering that even Republicans realize that good news for America is bad news for Romney.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 09:43 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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