The Detroit News has endorsed Mitt Romney for president. At the same time, the paper thanks President Obama for the auto-bailout
It's an unexpected development, given all the criticism Romney receives for having said in 2008 that Detroit should "go bankrupt."
From the Detroit News' endorsement:
Hope and change are still what Americans are seeking. This time, Republican challenger and Michigan native Mitt Romney offers the best hope of changing the nation's fate. ...
Had Obama done as well with the rest of the economy, it would be hard to deny him a second term.
But Obama said himself in a midterm television interview that if by the end of his first term the economy was still broken, he should not be re-elected. Well, the economy is still broken, and we have lost confidence in the president's ability to make the necessary repairs.
Despite his wrong-headedness on the auto bailout, we believe Romney when he proclaims himself a "car guy." And he is indeed a son of Detroit, having grown up in the automobile industry. His father, George Romney, was the head of American Motors before becoming governor of Michigan.