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Debbie Stabenow Wants To Sell You A Car!

If Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) ever leaves the Senate, she's got a future on a car lot if she wants it.

Testifying before the Senate Banking committee, Stabenow is something of a warm-up act for the main show: The heads of GM, Ford, Chrysler and the UAW, who are asking Congress for emergency funding to stay in business and will appear momentarily.

Stabenow presumably has been brought in as an expert witness on Michigan's economy, but she sounds more like an enthusiastic car saleswoman:

"I would put an American-made car or truck up against any other vehicle being made on this planet!" she told the committee.

She even told lawmakers there was a brand new Cadillac parked outside they could go see.

She told a story of Detroit's automakers working hard to increase fuel-efficiency, create viable vehicles and move forward only to be side-swiped by the global economic crisis.

"We thought we were on our way," Stabenow said. "We thought we were on our way."

Lawmakers are considering loaning automakers some $25 billion in emergency cash. Even though they appear inclined to help Detroit in some form, it's going to take a smooth pitchman, or woman, to pry loose the cash.

Maybe Stabenow should wind up like this: "Senators, what's it going to take to get you in a shiny new American car today?"

-- Frank Ahrens

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By Frank Ahrens  |  November 18, 2008; 4:32 PM ET
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