Auto Show Blends Politics and Pragmatism

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.”

[New York Times]