Granholm Blasts Bailout Opponents

Governor Jennifer Granholm had some strong words for some of the southern Senators who helped derail the auto bailout. Before aiming squarely at the land of Dixie, the governor praised the President for intervening with a possible deal to get the automakers the billions of dollars they need.
"He extended a lifeline and we are grateful," said Granholm.

Outside of her praise for the White House, this was a different looking governor than we've seen in the past, obviously upset and "extremely frustrated" by what she's seen go down in Washington over the past day.

Without naming names, she questioned some senators motives and their patriotism.

"Having a strong manufacturing sector in the United States seemed to mean nothing to those who claim to be patriotic Americans," she said. "Those who have largely foreign investments were voting to actually hurt the American manufacturers and American workers."

That was a clear shot at Senators Bob Corker of Tennessee and Richard Shelby of Alabama, who have been the loudest critics of the bailout. Each state has three foreign auto plants. Lieutenant Governor John Cherry called them out for not having a full grasp of the auto industry because foreign companies use the same auto suppliers as domestic companies. And they would be hurt by a GM bankruptcy.

When asked if lawmakers' last-minute attempts to get UAW concessions was an opportunity to bust the union, the Governor agreed saying it was a motive.

The governor also announced the state placed an early order for 1,616 American-made vehicles to add to its fleet. Five Hundred of those will be purchased immediately.


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