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Michigan governor to GOP: Don't make auto bailouts campaign issue

Michigan Gov. Rick Synder (R) said as his party's presidential candidates gathered in his state for a debate Wednesday night that Republicans should not make the bailouts of the auto companies in Detroit a big campaign issue next year.

Several GOP candidates have sharply criticized the Obama administration's handling of the bailouts to General Motors and Chrysler, which began under former President George W. Bush in late 2008. Some Republicans argued that President Obama wanted to permanently run the car companies, referring to General Motors derisively as "Government Motors" after the government brought most of its shares of stock.

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