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Mitt Romney Likes Cars, Reads Automotive News

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Mitt Romney, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, just declared he's running for president. What's this got to do with cars? Well, Mitt declared his intentions right here in Metro Detroit — and to be precise, he did it in Dearborn at The Henry Ford museum. His declaration of candidacy speech is just rife with auto-love for the Rambler and a certain Keith Crain-produced auto daily:

"I chose this site for a number of reasons. It's filled with cars and memories. Dad and I loved cars. Most kids read the sports box scores. Dad and I read Automotive News. We came here together, him teaching me about cars that were built before my time...The Rambler automobile he championed was the first American car designed and marketed for economy and mileage. He dubbed it a compact car, a car that would slay the gas-guzzling dinosaurs. It transformed the industry."

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Wait, the Rambler? Oh right, your dad was George Romney, who ran AMC until he became Governor of Michigan. But Mitt obviously didn't learn from Poppa George, or else he'd know to say he reads the "Auto Insider" team at the Detroit News and not Automotive News. Nolan Finley's totally not gonna endorse his ass now.

Governor Mitt Romney's Presidential Announcement [MittRomney.com]

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Another reason he announced in Detroit: He reminds everyone of the sleaziest car salesman they've ever met.

Mitt's been spending a lot of time in the D lately. An uberconservative friend of mine heard him speak last week at the Detroit Economic Club. My friend then went on to talk about how he feels like we're losing our moral values as a nation and he thinks The Glove can bring them back. Blech.