Romney Attacks Volt, Sets Granholm's Blood Boiling

Republican presidential candidate thinks Volt is idea whose time has not yet come.

Published: 29-Dec-2011

When it comes to the American auto industry, Mitt Romney believes its investment in a fuel-efficient future is a joke.

The 64-year-old Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Massachusetts responded with dismissive laughter last week when asked what he thought of the Chevy Volt, adding that the plug-in hybrid is an "idea whose time has not come." His campaign later went on to defend the statement as reflective of the car's slow sales — but critics were quick to pounce.

United Auto Workers Local 22 President George McGregor says Romney should think before bashing innovation born in Detroit. "It's not an idea that is ahead of its time," he said on a conference call with reporters. "It's behind its time. It should have been here (years ago), so we wouldn't be dependent on foreign oil."

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