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USA: Obama promises to drive a Chevy Volt ‘in five years when I’m no longer president’

President Obama gave a vote of confidence to both his reelection chances and the beleaguered Chevrolet Volt electric car Tuesday in a speech to auto workers in Washington.

Speaking at the United Auto Workers Conference, Obama said he would he would buy a Volt “five years from now when I’m not president anymore.”

The friendly audience Obama, who does not drive himself much of anywhere right now, was speaking to responded by chanting “four more years.”

The Chevy Volt has come under criticism from Republicans in Congress because of reports of its batteries catching on fire during testing. Critics argued the Volt was being pushed by the Obama administration for political reasons instead of consumer demand.

However, Obama touted the electric car Tuesday in an effort to draw a contrast between his support for federal bailouts to U.S. car companies in 2008 and 2009 and Republican opposition to it.


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