July 18th, 2008
09:10 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain touring GM facility

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/18/art.gm.ap.jpg caption="McCain is at a GM facility Friday."](CNN) - John McCain ventures to a General Motors technology facility in suburban Michigan Friday morning, amid the car giant's struggle to regain its footing in the sagging vehicle market.

McCain is set to tour the facility and lay out a plan to support innovation in the automobile industry - including a commitment to a $5,000 tax credit for each and every customer who buys a zero carbon emission car. The facility he is touring is where GM is developing the Chevy Volt - a hybrid gas-electric vehicle. He'll also lay out his plan for creating jobs in the industry, following the news GM will cease production at four North American plants by 2010.

Michigan, whose economy has been badly hit because of the struggling automobile sector, is likely to play a key role in the presidential election. The Arizona senator lost the state's Republican primary in January to Michigan native Mitt Romney.


Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (174 Responses)
  1. SOUTHERN HOTTIE FOR OBAMA

    MCCAIN IS A FRAUD.

    AND YOU PUMA FOLKS. . . BEING IN DENIAL IS SO LAME

    BESIDES, WE ALL KNOW YOU'RE REPUBLICANS POSING AS DEMOCRATS. PATHETIC.

    GO OBAMA 2008/2012

    July 18, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. John McCain

    Can I watch the internet in these cars?

    July 18, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Adam

    I know this post won't make the website but it seems to me the people who don't understand economics are Democrats. They want the government to provide everything for them. People take on loans that they know they can't afford, then complain when they get foreclosed on. No one forced them into those loans but now the government should bail them out at the expense of taxpayers who did not make poor decisions. The American automotive industry chooses to not compete in the Hybrid/fuel efficient vehicles even though they know conservation is the wave of the future and they produce big SUV's and Trucks because that is what they do best. Now people seem to think it is the government's responsibility to close our trade borders and force us to accept inferior products so we can employ all these people in Michigan reather than retrain them to be competitive in the future. My friends that is what the Soviet Union did, what China is doing and that is Socialism. Capitalism isn't always the most painless process but it is the most successful. Let's be smart and not sacrifice the long-term for a shortrun gain. If we had been doing that all along we would not be in the predicament we are in today.

    July 18, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. syl

    Has CNN run out of pictures of McCain? Why is it on a daily basis your front page picture is Obama and you rarely see McCian's face? CNN political bias is shameful.

    July 18, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Truth Be Told

    "Obama is the messiah.....Obama is great....Obama is pretty good.....Obama makes mistakes.....

    "Quick, more kool-aid!!!"

    July 18, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. KC

    Obama is going to lose and he is going to lose big. Not because he is half black or pro black but because he and his advisors are perceived by the public to be anti-white. Racism used to exist primarily in the white community. With the black race voting in lock step solely on the basis of skin color who are the racists now? Aren't they insulted that the only black person the Democratic Party has felt worthy of their support is a guy who is half white? And what does Obama say about his white heritage? He calls his white grandmother a racist and compares her to Reverend Wright, the anti white bigot. It is shameful that he would slander her in such a way. Obama is going to lose and he is going to lose HUGE.

    July 18, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Tim in California

    Let's see....McCain's economic advisor...Phil Gramm is partially responsible for the economic mess we're facing and McCain has announced numerous times he has no clue when comes to the economy.....so this tour begs the obvious question?

    Is he looking for a new car?

    July 18, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. David Husein Schultz in Chicago

    The electric car is possible. It can be done!! No need to worry. Oh wait, it doesn't have a muffler, transmission, exhaust system... oh it doesn't have all the same parts that break down in a mechanical combustion engine.. oh.. no oil changes, fuel filters.. ohhhhh GM won't make all those billions of bucks on selling parts fix the cars.. ohh.. it's not profitable enough for GM.

    You know, innovation comes when GM and other companies stop being greedy. Watch the documentary "Who Killed The Electric Car?".

    July 18, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Nova from NV

    All the people who are criticizing McCain for trying solve our problems does not have a clue about what Obama is trying to do. Any tax credits to help people by electric cars? Any money for research? Anything besides criticizing your opponent?

    July 18, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. McCain will move GM to Mexico

    Unless government invests in Basic research at universities
    there won't be anymore manufacturing Jobs in US.

    If you want to move to Mexico elect McCain

    July 18, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Did anyone see the looks on the people's faces he was talking to? Some had their arms crossed, which means you are not receptive at all the what a person is saying. Not the best crowd!

    July 18, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Sue

    Hey McBush – do you need a crank to start that BS express you run your civil campaign from. What a crock this old warmonger is!

    July 18, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Alice in Florida

    For the first time in my adult life, I'll be REALLY proud to vote Republican!

    PUMA PAC

    July 18, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Kenny

    You talk to McCain about an Electric car and he will look for a light switch to run the car. Heck, you can ask him tomorrow about what he said on the economy today and if none of his people are next to him to remind him then he will not remember.

    Look at his FLIP & FLOP. For months he has criticized Senator Obama for not going over seas. Well now he is critizing Senator Obama for making an overseas trip. He can't even make up his mind what he wants to criticizes

    July 18, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. DIZIZI31

    HOW ABOUT GIVING SOME OF THAT 90MILLION TO WORKERS TO BE LAID OFF INSTEAD OF TRAVERSING THE STATE AND FINDING FAULT WITH YOUR OPPONENT – IT WOULD BE THE CHRISTIAN THING TO DO – DO IT BECAUSE YOU OUGHT TO – GIVE OUT OF YOUR SURPLUS AND GIFT OF MERCY WILL REGISTER WITH THE ALMIGHTY. "SAME GOES" FOR OBAMA AND HIS SURPLUS OF 90M

    ADAM COOL POST VERY ENLIGHTENING

    July 18, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Lesley

    You PUMAs got it all wrong. McCain is "selected" by the big money men, lobbyists, and special interest groups financing his campaign, and Obama will be elected by voters themselves the contributing money. Both men can travel to war zones at taxpayer expense as part of their committees, which McCain did. The Obama campaign itself is picking up the tab for the European and Middle East portion of his upcoming trip. But who paid for McCain's visits to Colombia and Mexico? You did.

    July 18, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. what?

    i love reading this Blog...but it is clear to see how Bush was "elected" twice. though i am proud to be an American....this is a country full of stupid, cowardly, hate filled people who have the nerve to call them self Christians...reading some of the comments from the regular bone heads on this site, i now know what Obama meant by the Bible and guns comment...sadly, he was right.

    July 18, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. get this old man

    Please get this old man out of the campaign. He is becoming a nuisance. Too much negativity and no substance.

    July 18, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Why GM

    His wife doesn't drive but only uses private plane.

    July 18, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Val from MA

    There is no doubt in my mind that Obama is a socialist. I came from a socialist country (former USSR) so I know first hand what socialism is all about and I want to share with all of you that it is not rosy.

    Judging by his current policies, especially his tax policies, and listening to his stump speeches, Obama is definitely a socialist. It pains to see that so many Americans don't realize that America will no longer be America if Obama is elected president. People need to understand that America is unique and one of the most beautiful and prosperous countries in the whole wide world. This will be lost under president Obama. All Obama wants to do is redistribute the income of the hard working people to those that are lazy and don't want to work and that's socialism.

    Preserve America! Vote McCain!

    July 18, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. Roger from CA

    A $5000 tax credit on zero-carbon cars won't do much more than lead the car companies to raise the price of cars about $5000. Maybe the consumer might save a few (but NOT 5000) bucks, but to the extent it results in more sales of these models, we have to accept it for what it is: effectively another government subsidy program for the auto industry.

    I wish someone would come up with a way to create a consumer incentive without just causing prices to go up. So long as the plan gives the car companies to raise prices, the alternative technologies will never become price-competitive with gas engines on their own.

    July 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. bitter_in_pa

    Dont forget that Clinton signed NAFTA and actually helped push it through Congress so Dems are not clean on that issue.

    July 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    McCain is in a "melt down" mode and its really sad to watch. Even though he wasn't my guy back in 2000 (I supported Gore), I had respect for McCain at that time and felt awful about the dirty politics played against him by the Bush people. But since that time, McCain has evolved into a person I no longer recognize or respect. Sad.

    July 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Caycee

    McCain's pandering in Michigan is clear. He's looking for a suitable nuclear sight to build near GM that will provide electrical power for all the new electric cars along with his super "prize" batteries that will be manufactured there as soon as he gets elected. Then, as part of his foreign policy he's going to fly all that nuclear waste overseas to bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.

    July 18, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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