Mike Jackson, CEO AutoNation almost a "libertarian Republican"

Support of bail-outs?

From Eric Dondero:

He’s not quite there yet. But we’ll encourage him til he’s all the way.

Appearing on CNBC the other day (via The Examiner – “Mike Jackson, CEO of Autonation, with strong libertarian leanings”):

“I’m pleased to announce we did retailed 18,500 new vehicles, anincrease of 6% driven by a 27% increase in premium luxury, primarily Mercedes-Benz and BMW, so apologies to occupy wall street. And we had a very strong month with the domestic up 12%, driven primarily by a significant increase in pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. So apologies to global warming. So we can’t seem to get it politically correct.”

When it came to discussing the bailout of GM and Chrysler, Mike had this to say, “I still believe — and it pains me to say this as a libertarian Republican, the economy was so bad in ’08 and ’09. unfortunately, there had to be government intervention. And i’m glad we have an American automobile — i’m glad we have an American automobile today.”

Editor’s comment – Mike, the economy is far worse today in 2011 than it was in ’08.

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