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Schwarzenegger: Detroit is going to be back

Posted Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009, 12:00 pm in Employee News

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday the federal government should come to the aid of the domestic automotive industry, blaming its problems on a lack of a national energy policy, the Detroit Free Press reported.

“It was not the car manufacturers that created the mess—it’s the government that has screwed up,” said Schwarzenegger, a key speaker at the Society Automotive Engineers 2009 World Congress in Detroit. Schwarzenegger, often a harsh critic of the domestic automotive industry, went out of his way to say he actually supports the industry during an on-stage interview with CNBC automotive reporter Phil LeBeau, the Free Press said.

“Detroit is going to be back,” said Schwarzenegger, known for his “I’ll be back” line from the 1984 movie “The Terminator.”

The story said the California governor even offered to do a free commercial for any domestic automaker once General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC, which have received $17.4 billion in federal loans, along with the U.S. government, commit to new restructuring plans. “I want to help this industry to get back on its feet as quickly as possible,” Schwarzenegger said. (Detroit Free Press)
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