In Detroit, Obama Rocks Boat

Candidate criticizes auto industry, boosts alternative fuel, hybrids
By Max Brallier,  Newser User
Posted May 8, 2007 7:01 AM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama acknowledges the crowd after being introduced by Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick at the Detroit Economic Club in Detroit, Monday, May 7, 2007. Obama said...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama called out the U.S. auto industry yesterday in its own front yard, reports The Wall Street Journal. In a sold-out speech at the Detroit Economic Club, the Illinois senator blamed much of the industry's current problems on automakers, whom he criticized for making larger and larger vehicles as foreign competitors pushed fuel efficiency.

The senator also called for stricter federal mileage standards and legislation to encourage development of alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles. And he wasn't apologetic for doing so in the country's automaking capital. "I don't believe in making a speech like this in California, and giving a different speech in Detroit," he told the Journal.