Obama Pushes for Action on Auto Rescue Plan

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ We haven't been hearing much publicly from
President-elect Barack Obama about the financial mess the auto
industry finds itself in, but he has been working on it behind the

Obama has talked to congressional leaders, and his chief aides are being dialed into conference calls.

Lawmakers have varying opinions on how Obama is playing the
issue. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow says the Obama team is urging Congress to ``get something done.'' But Connecticut's Christopher Dodd says the Obama team ``has to step up.'' Dodd chairs the Senate banking committee.

In Obama's latest public comments, he has said it would be a disaster if the auto industry were to ``completely collapse.'' He spoke to CBS in a ``60 Minutes'' interview aired last Sunday.

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