Romney and McCain clash over CAFE in Michigan. As with the debate with Republicans over the Z Visa/path to citizenship of McCain-Kennedy, the Arizona senator is running into the political reality of his anti-conservative positions. Talking up global warming works with Manahattan-Beltway elites, and not so well with auto-workers and their families and friends:
Michigan-born Romney, eager for a win here on Tuesday after losing Iowa to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and New Hampshire to Arizona Sen. McCain, went to a General Motors Corp. plant that just announced it was laying off 200 workers.
“It’s inexcusable to me to see these jobs going away again and again and again,” Romney said outside the plant, arguing for more investment in science and technology research.
Romney has criticized McCain for asserting that state jobs lost overseas are “not coming back,” calling it defeatist. McCain hit back sharply, saying he would be “ashamed and embarrassed” if he were to claim that old jobs were coming back and proposing improved retraining programs for those who lost their jobs.
McCain said increased fuel efficiency standards signed into law in December could help manufacturers develop cars that rely less on foreign oil.
“I have great faith in the auto industry that they’ll be able to meet these … standards, we’ll move to hybrid cars, we’ll move to hydrogen, we’ll move to batteries, and I as president will do everything I can to help them do that,” McCain told reporters after a campaign event in Warren.