Romney says Volt is 'idea whose time has not come'

(WXYZ) - Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is once again drawing criticism from supporters of the auto industry.

This time Romney is being blasted for comments he made Wednesday about the Chevy Volt as he wrapped up an interview with Boston radio station WRKO's afternoon host Howie Carr.

At the tail end of the interview, Carr asked Romney "How would you describe the Chevy Volt?" Romney responded with "An idea whose time has not come."

U.S. Representative Hansen Clarke and United Auto Workers Local 22 President George McGregor have scheduled a new conference for Friday to respond to Romney's statement. The Hamtramck plant where the Volt is produced is in Clarke's district.

Former Michigan Governor has also responded, posting the following on her Twitter account: My blood is boiling: Romney attacks the Volt, a FANTASTIC U.S. car made in his home state by American workers.

This isn't the first time Romney has drawn the ire of the auto industry. The most famous example came in a 2008 op-ed column that he wrote for the New York Times that was headlined "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt."

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