Looking to avoid becoming a lightning rod for the Presidential race, General Motors is asking the candidates not to tour its plants until after Election Day. Ever since its bankruptcy in 2009 where it received billions of taxpayer dollars, GM has been used as leverage by both sides of the political aisle, but the automaker is hoping that by eliminating the presidential and presidential-hopeful photo ops, it can distance itself a little more from the negative "Government Motors" label.

An article in the Detroit Free Press says that the auto bailout is expected to play a big role at the Democratic National Convention next month, and GM is still a key topic in this discussion as it is still 32 percent owned by the U.S. Treasury Department. GM has paid back $23 billion of the loans so far. Proof of GM's unwilling involvement in politics is evident by Vice President's recent quote stating: "Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive."

The efforts of the GM's bailout/bankruptcy recovery are still just as mixed as the issue was back in 2009. The automaker has seen big profits so far this year – $3.66 billion – and its credit rating was upgraded by Fitch Ratings, but its stocks are down 35.8 percent since 2010 meaning that the government's current investment in GM would be a loss of $15.6 billion if sold now.

In addition to GM, the article also states that the Chrysler Group is closing its doors to the politicians until after November 6. Unlike GM, Fiat-controlled Chrysler has fully repaid its government loans.


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      Lunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      After the election, why would they want to visit the plants?
      AronD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can we ban them from Congress.
      scott3
      • 2 Years Ago
      Smart move! If they want to argue who did what and who gets wha credit let them do it on their turf. Plants are made to build cars and that is what GM needs to focus on.
      erjhe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't say I blame them. Who would want to suspend their assembly line just so a politician can get some photos and make some broad assuming statement?
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good idea. I'd do the same thing.
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess that then it will be easier for Mitt Romney to take credit for the bailout. The same bailout which he originally opposed. Once he sees that GM and Chrysler are doing well, he assures them that the recovery was all his plan. http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/08/romney-claims-credit-for-auto-industry-recovery-still-opposes-b/ Republicans are such ******* hypocrites. Even if I disliked Obama, I still wouldn't vote for this clown in a million years. He is a liar, a hypocrite, and a fraud.He teams up with his billionaire buddies to raise money for dozens of deceptive ads, many of whihc are debunked instantly. And then he calls the Obama campaign "a campaign of hate". Pot calling kettle black.His interests are geared almost solely towards making himself and other billionaires richer. And then his ads say crap about Obama supposedly raising taxes.
        Justin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Obama's debt is wrong and unsustainable. I don't want to be 21 Trillion under in 2016. Therefore, we have to try someone else.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      OK, let's get it over with: GM sucks Gubbermit Motors Obama wasted money Romney criticized it and then tried to take credit for it. Bush started the whole thing. Chrysler is now an Italian company. GM paid back the money, but the government still own loads of shares. UAW is the Mafia Now that this is out of the way, there's no need for countless trolls to comment. These aren't the droids you're looking for. Move Along. Move Along.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        Hey guys, look! Sea Urchin is back!
          caddy-v
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          No Sea Urchin, you don't speak for anyone but your self serving self. I'm as hard core conservative republican as they come and I love my Cadillac's and will continue buying them regardless of who or what happened to GM and the bailouts. And I can't wait for my new XTS to be delivered so I can get to the voting booth in style and vote out Obama. Unlike you and your "foreign"car, I do more to support this country than you could ever dream of. We missed you, Sea Urchin. Not.
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          Sea Urchin, it's been done before. While you were gone, we exposed a troll who had over 30 logins. He is probably a Hond employee and formerly went by the names of invisibleblog, ___I___, none, Twitter, Wrangler Unlimited and Austin. Nowdays, he goes by the names of mary.keana, aaronm_mt, zoom_zoom_zoom, luigi.tony, and Spies1. He goes out of his way to defend Honda, and bash Hyundai in nearly every Hyundai post.He uses all these logins to downvote anyone who says something positive about Hyundai or anyone who disagrees with him.He is really easy to find as he literally copies and pastes the EXACT same thing under different logins. His trolling was exposed here. http://www.autoblog.com/2012/02/22/customers-paying-more-for-hyundai-elantra-than-honda-civic-toyo/ He posted a comment in the article,and then posted a comment agreeing with his own comment, except he forgot to logon to another login. He was called out for that. Point is, if a Honda employee can make 30 logins to promote Honda and bah Hyundai (and pretty much anyone competing with Honda), then some Tea Party nut can make 6 logins to downvote sensible comments. My $0.02.
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          Sea Urchin, it's been done before. While you were gone, we exposed a troll who had over 30 logins. He is probably a Hond employee and formerly went by the names of invisibleblog, ___I___, none, Twitter, Wrangler Unlimited and Austin. Nowdays, he goes by the names of mary.keana, aaronm_mt, zoom_zoom_zoom, luigi.tony, and Spies1. He goes out of his way to defend Honda, and bash Hyundai in nearly every Hyundai post.He uses all these logins to downvote anyone who says something positive about Hyundai or anyone who disagrees with him.He is really easy to find as he literally copies and pastes the EXACT same thing under different logins. His trolling was exposed here. http://www.autoblog.com/2012/02/22/customers-paying-more-for-hyundai-elantra-than-honda-civic-toyo/ He posted a comment in the article,and then posted a comment agreeing with his own comment, except he forgot to logon to another login. He was called out for that. Point is, if a Honda employee can make 30 logins to promote Honda and bah Hyundai (and pretty much anyone competing with Honda), then some Tea Party nut can make 6 logins to downvote sensible comments. My $0.02.
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        Speak for yourself, fatass.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tump
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          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tump
          And now SonataGy has a +4, up from a -4. Proves my previous comment.
      Diz
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a joke. The horse has already left the barn. Most of America hates the bailouts. As if "banning" people will change anything. Better start getting those parachutes on. The next time, you ain't getting a penny.
        Groagun
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Diz
        Not really sure why so many of you hated on Diz: I think he is right. Most Americans did hate the idea of bailouts and when it happened, you showed that hate and disgust. What will 'banning' the guy who gave you that money really do? I know GM are trying to remain publicly neutral but I would love to see where GM puts it's campaign contribution dollars, all of them. I would bet they give to both sides. If (when) they get themselves into needing a bailout again, will any administration do it? I don't think so but you never know.
      Dan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's get one thing straight, shall we? It doesn't matter whether you were for or against the bailouts, they happened. Get over it already! And without the bailouts, there would be no GM and no Chrysler, and because that would have left only Ford as a monopoly for an American brand, the government would had stepped in and shut them down for being said monopoly. So not only would all GM and Chrysler employees be unemployed, so would all of Fords. Not to mention all of the employees from those companies that supply the Big 3, and those companies that transport for the Big 3, and those companies that in some other way (and there are many, many ways) are connected with the Big 3. So, without the bailouts, we would be looking at an unemployment rate north of 20%, possibly north 0f 30%. So thank your lucky stars that there is someone to blame for the auto industry bailout, because without it YOU might not have a job right now. PS - I don't see you bitching about the $750 BILLION given to the crooks on Wall Street, but heaven forbid should a car company receive a few billion!
        Ducman69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan
        Never go full retard Dan.
        delsolo1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan
        Thanks for painting the big picture. I have always waited for the outrage from the right on the billion dollar no bid contracts to the Cheney companies during the war in Iraq.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      tinted up
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM's DNC buddies don't want any union sheep led astray from casting a vote for Obama is all.
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