As the automotive industry rebounds, this year’s Detroit auto show features more dazzle, more optimism and more politicians winding their way through the exhibits.
The show is more than just a chance for the politicians to pose for photos or kick the tires of new models. Many take only a cursory walk across the convention center, spending most of their time in Detroit meeting with auto executives about new jobs, fuel-economy standards and future products.
“I sense a new energy in this industry, and I’d like to believe we’re part of that energy,” said Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri. “If I can make a little bit of a difference by representing six million Missourians with my presence here, it’s worth it.”