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Last night's debate featured Mitt Romney touting his background in Detroit and with the auto industry. Say what you want about Romney's hypocrisy and lies regarding his state of origin (because, dude, you can't claim two states AND Mexico), the fact is he DOES drive American cars.
The emphasis, of course, should be on the pluralization of the word. Back in February, Romney took a lot of heat for a gaffe about his wife's multiple Cadillacs because, you know, EVERYONE can afford multiple $50,000 cars (can you see the eye roll from here?). But also: so what? He drives American cars. Does that get him a cookie or something?
Here were the original comments that got him in hot water last February:
This feels good, being back in Michigan. You know, the trees are the right height. The streets are just right. I like the fact that most of the cars I see are Detroit-made automobiles. I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pick-up truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually. And I used to have a Dodge truck. So I used to have all three covered.
Well, good for him. How many cars is that. Five counting the old one? He's an American hero! I am kidding, by the way.
Driving American made cars is great, but of course a man who is running for office is going to know to do that. It's not a heroic move or something he should be lauded for, especially given the entitled way he said it.
The reality is, as my husband sometimes says, the cars we buy will be the best cars, the ones that cost the least and give us the best mileage and also have all the safety standards we are looking for. It's just dumb to focus on where the car is made over the substance of the vehicle. I would say the same thing about a man who bought a Ferrari just because he happened to be Italian.
My husband and I have had American cars and they have been great. But we didn't buy them for brownie points. We bought them because they were good cars. Anything less would be condescending.
Isn't Mitt Romney all about the best product anyway? Are his cars the best? Maybe. But since he keeps touting it like it makes him some kind of saint, my guess is his cars are a political move, which takes away any credit I might have given him.
Do you focus on where your car is made?
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