U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., emerged as a harsh critic of General Motors and the UAW during Congressional debate over an industry bailout last year. GM is spiraling downward, said the freshman senator in November.
But Corker was once an enthusiastic proponent of GM -- or sure sounded like it. A video circulating on YouTube shows just how enthusiastic he was.
Corker visited GM's engine plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., on April 27, 2007. Afterward, Corker said he saw a tremendous amount of excitement here about the investments in the future, about being part of helping make our country energy secure.
During the bailout debate, Corker tried to fashion a compromise that would have approved initial loans for the Detroit 3 through the Senate on the night of Dec. 11. That proposal called for the UAW, at some point in 2009, to accept wages and benefits competitive with the transplants. UAW President Ron Gettelfinger would not agree to let the concessions take effect in 2009.