Sen. Bill Frist uses Cash for Clunkers, junks Suburban for Prius

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Apparently, it's a common misconception that all Prius drivers are Democrats. Not true. In fact, recently retired Senator Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) just got himself a shiny new hybrid hatchback from Toyota. The former senator even got a few thousand dollars off the price of his new eco-friendly ride courtesy of the just-concluded Cash for Clunkers program here in the United States.

In an interview on Larry King Live, Frist responded to King's quip that "You don't see a lot of Republicans driving a Prius" with the response that the hybrid's 50 miles per gallon along with the fact that "the taxpayer gave me $6,000 to do it" as reasons for the Prius purchase.

Minor exaggeration aside (Frist should have received $4,500 to junk his old Chevy Suburban, not $6,000), the senator's new Prius should return at least five times the fuel mileage of his old SUV. That's progress, right?

[Source: Inside Line]

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