"What is the purpose of a primary?" McCotter asked rhetorically. "It's to show who should be the standard-bearer of the party by differentiating themselves against other people who wish to be the standard-bearer of the party. And I know Ronald Reagan certainly wasn't talking about the 11th commandment in 1976, when he ran against an incumbent Republican president from just down the road in Grand Rapids, Michigan," he said, making a sly reference to President Ford, whom Reagan challenged for the GOP presidential nomination that year.
McCotter makes no bones about his disdain for the current crop of Republican candidates, many of whom he dismissively accuses of playing the "personality game" and attempting to win a "celebrity contest." But he seems to have taken a particular interest in badgering Romney, whose policies McCotter has repeatedly compared unfavorably to the president's. Shortly after launching his campaign over the July 4 weekend, McCotter began referring to the "Obama-Romney economy," a phrase intended to establish his "underlying premise of comparative effectiveness."
McCotter's hostility toward Romney can be attributed partially to their diverging views on the 2008 automaker bailout, which McCotter supported - likely saving thousands of his constituents' jobs -- and Romney railed against. McCotter does not attempt to hide his irritation when reminded of the "favorite son" status that Romney enjoys in Michigan, where his father George Romney served as governor. But McCotter doesn't think much of legacies, and warned that the former Massachusetts governor shouldn't bank on winning Michigan's GOP primary.
"It's not Mr. Romney's state, is it?" said McCotter.