COLORADO SPRINGS—President Obama made another economic policy gaffe Thursday in Pueblo when he suggested that he wants to bail out a host of other corporations as he already did with the auto industry.
“I believe in American workers, I believe in this American industry, and now the American auto industry has come roaring back,” Obama said. “Now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs, not just in the auto industry, but in every industry.”
Critics wasted no time pouncing on the president’s statement. Hours later, Republicans traveling the state on the Romney bus ripped the remark at a rally at Acacia Park in Colorado Springs.
“Just a couple of hours ago, Barack Obama said he wanted government to get involved in every industry,” Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz said. “It’s not government that solves the problems; it’s the American people that solve the problems.”
Along with Chaffetz, former Colorado Congressman Bob Beauprez and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal headlined a group of surrogates for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The group tailed the Obama campaign for two days, making a dozen stops, usually timed to coincide with the president’s various speeches.
Beauprez said he was shocked when he heard about the president’s comment in Pueblo.
“I understand he was making the case in Pueblo for more government intervention,” Beauprez said. “He actually suggested the government start running every industry. Haven’t we had enough?”
Jindal chose to compare Mr. Obama to a previous Democratic president.
“The only two problems I’ve got with this president are, number one, he’s the most liberal president since Jimmy Carter,” Jindal said. “Number two, he’s the most incompetent president since Jimmy Carter.”
Obama wrapped up his two-day visit across the state at Colorado College, where he touted policies that he said will strengthen the middle class, and suggested that Romney’s economic plan will result in a tax hike on average Coloradan earners.
“I do not need a tax cut,” Obama said. “We need to keep taxes low for working Americans like you.”