Vice President Joe Biden just wrapped up a speech at the Detroit Auto Show.
He addressed community and business leaders who are attending NAIAS as part of the Industry Preview Thursday.
A heckler was escorted out of Cobo Center during Biden’s speech.
Biden, a self-described “car junkie,” got a private tour of the auto show displays after his speech at Cobo Center Thursday.
What were Biden’s favorites? He praised the new aluminum Ford F-150, the Cadillac ATS and the Chrysler 200.
“What a difference five years make,” Biden said. “We bet on American ingenuity, we bet on you and we won.”
Biden pointed to how government support of the domestic automakers helped prevent the likely “collapse" of the industry.
He called the auto industry “the iconic industry of America,” and also praised Detroit as not only an important city, but as an “iconic city.”
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan introduced Biden at the auto show, calling him the “fiercest advocate for supporting our car companies in the White House.”
Duggan and Biden also met on Wednesday to talk strategy about the auto industry, and the future of Detroit. They had dinner at the Roma Cafe near Eastern Market.
Biden said the federal government will not provide a bailout to assist the city in exiting bankruptcy. He did, however, indicate he would look for ways to help the Motor City, and called Duggan a “first-rate mayor."