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Biden Praises Resurgence of Detroit Automakers

Vice President tours show floor after speech at auto show.

by on Jan.16, 2014

GM CEO Mary Barra shows Vice President Joe Biden the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Joe Biden heralded the U.S. auto industry’s recent success as the pay off on a bet made by two presidential administrations during a speech at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

“We bet on American ingenuity, we bet on you and we won,” Biden said. “How could we possibly walk away from the iconic industry of America?”

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During the speech Biden noted that by the collective actions of the Obama Administration, automakers and their workers saved the industry that accounts for more than 4% of the company’s gross domestic product. Biden lauded the makers for their vehicles. (more…)

Biden: Saving Auto Industry Was Right Thing to Do

But anecdotes about Ford and GM show Chrysler has much to do to reenter the conversation about the domestic auto industry.

by on Aug.23, 2010

Vice President Joe Biden tells Chrysler employees at the Jeep assembly plant in Toledo that the Democratic administration saved the auto industry.

Vice President Joe Biden says he’s a Corvette guy. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown tells a story about his daughters picking the color of the Ford Thunderbird he bought. Are we in a Chrysler plant?

Biden visited the Jeep plant in Toledo, giving the expected stump speech about how Democrats – particularly President Obama and himself – were the only ones who believed in Chrysler and GM 21 months ago when the companies went to Washington, hat in hand to ask for help in saving the companies.

Speaking before about a thousand Jeep employees, with the Jeep Wrangler assembly line as a backdrop, Biden said Democrats saved the American auto industry as naysayers suggested that the industry needed to die before it could be reborn.

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The lack of focus on Chrysler illustrates how desperately Chrysler needs to get new product into its dealers. With a dearth of new product, politicians are left to tell anecdotes that are too far away from the focus of the event.

The story of saving these two automakers is a good one.

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