Sunday, October 7, 2007

Auto Industry to be Focus of Michigan Debate/Mike Huckabee's a Chevy man!

From the Detroit News

  • GOP debate to spotlight Big 3 issues
    In Dearborn next week, candidates are expected to be quizzed about trade, fuel economy, jobs.

    WASHINGTON -- The future of the struggling domestic auto industry will be front and center Tuesday when nine Republican GOP candidates debate economic issues in the shadow of Ford's world headquarters in Dearborn.
    Detroit's Big Three say it is a critical opportunity to address the future of the industry. General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC are not only sponsoring the debate, but also, outside the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, showing off their vehicles.
    The debate, which will air live on CNBC at 4 p.m. Tuesday and will be replayed on MSNBC at 7 p.m., will include about 600 credentialed journalists from around the globe.
    It's a "pivotal debate where the Republican candidates have an opportunity to address the critical issues facing the automotive industry as well as Michigan businesses and families," said Chrysler spokesman Colin McBean. Asked what question he would pose if he had the chance, he said: "Do you support a strong manufacturing base in the United States?"
    GM will have a "keen interest in the candidates' responses to questions on energy, the environment and economic policy," spokesman Greg Martin said. The Michigan appearance will "remind the candidates of how vital this industry is to America's economy and competitiveness."
    CNBC President Mark Hoffman said the debate will focus on the economy, as well as taxes, fiscal discipline and government regulation.
    Detroit is the right venue for such a debate, a Ford spokesman said. "Michigan and American auto companies are a vital part of the U.S. economy," spokesman Mike Moran said. "They are debating in the right town."

Read more here.

  • What GOP candidates drive
  • The vehicles driven by some of the Republican candidates:
    Kansas U.S. Sen. Brownback: Ford Taurus, Honda Civic hybrid
    Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, 1995 Chevrolet Silverado pickup
    California Rep. Duncan Hunter: Chevy Suburban; in March, he bought a new F-150 from Suburban Ford in Sterling Heights
    Sen. John McCain: Cadillac CTS
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: 2005 Ford Mustang convertible, AMC Rambler
    Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo: Toyota Prius hybrid, Cadillac, Mercedes, Buick

Well, if for no other reason, ya gotta vote for Mike cause he's a Chevy man!


Larry said...

They are going to start the debate befor I even get off work. That means I will not get to see Mike smoke all over Thompson. Maybe I can catch it on the replay.

Michigan Redneck said...


Did you read the whole article? It says that the auto industry favors Mitt Romney, because his dad owned AMC. Those were the ugliest cars in the world. GM workers, and car guys, made fun of them and still do.
I would love to see Mike sneak in something about his dad, the mechanic, said about Gremlins.

Larry said...


Yes, I read that. They need to look at how the candidates stand on the issues, not at whose dad did what.