WASHINGTON (CNN) - Newly-minted General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson told CNN's John King that all options are in play as the beleaguered company struggles to steer clear of bankruptcy court.
"As I look at the situation today, the company still needs to pull together our people, our suppliers, our dealers, management executives, everyone, bondholders, retirees ... We need to go further," he said in an interview on CNN's State of the Union Sunday. "And I think at this point it would be inappropriate for me to try to guess what that [course of action] might be.
"I just know this, if the conclusion is you've got to go deeper and you've got to go faster, you can't really afford to take anything off the table."
The federal government has loaned $13.4 billion to GM and $4 billion to fellow struggling automaker Chrysler. Last week, President Obama gave failing grades to both companies for their turnaround efforts, and said GM had 60 days to prove it can "restructure in a way that would justify an investment of additional taxpayer dollars."
"I trust that we're going to get this job done. I have to understand that the taxpayer - you know, the president's job and the task force's job is to look after the taxpayer. We need to respect that," Henderson said.
"The day we took a dollar from the taxpayer because we ran out of money last December was the day that we brought on additional responsibilities on all of us. And so we need to do our part to first take care of customers so that ultimately we can win, because the customers are the ones that pay the bills."
Henderson's "additional responsibilities" are directly linked to the auto bailout: He rose to his new position last week after the administration asked his former boss, Rick Wagoner, to step down.
Henderson - who has donated money to both Democrats and Republicans, including both Bush-Cheney presidential campaigns - told King he was a Republican. "...But I always vote for who I think is - is the best person. And so, you know, I try as much as possible to get myself up to speed, and I vote for who I think the best candidate is," he said.
He laughed off the question of which candidate he voted for in 2008. "I'm not going to get into that," said Henderson.
–CNNMoney.com's Jennifer Liberto contributed to this report.