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Bush to Meet With Big 3 Automakers

November 8, 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush’s long-promised meeting with the heads of Detroit’s Big Three automakers will be held Tuesday at the White House.

The auto executives tentatively were scheduled to meet with Bush in May, but in September, the meeting was pushed back until after the election.

That prompted criticism from Michigan’s Gov. Jennifer Granholm and other Democrats who said the administration had neglected the problems of the Big Three automakers and its workers.

The White House said the president talks to the automakers all the time, and promised that Bush will hold his meeting with the heads of General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co., and DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group in mid-November. White House spokesman Tony Fratto said Bush would meet with the automakers before leaving on a trip to Asia.

Bush declined an opportunity to have the meeting in Detroit when he was there in early September to attend a fundraiser for a GOP Senate candidate about 40 miles northwest of Detroit. The Big Three automakers all have headquarters in or near Detroit.

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