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Corker Talks Directly to Upset Union Workers

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker addresses union workers and concerned citizens Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. Tennessee Senator Bob Corker addresses union workers and concerned citizens Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009.

COLUMBIA, Tenn.- Tempers rose Wednesday between Tennessee Senator Bob Corker and some midstate auto workers. They wanted to know why he voted against the auto bailout, a move they say puts their very livelihood in jeopardy.

Two weeks ago, the auto-workers union sent Corker more than 4,000 angry Valentines letters, demanding an explanation.  Wednesday, he responded to those questions, along with many others.

Senator Corker spoke directly to UAW members, who more than two weeks ago, used thousands of Valentines Day cards to show their discontent with Corker's decision not to back up the bailout plan.

"I think delivering 4200 incredibly tacky Valentines to my office was a classless thing to do," expressed Corker.

Other concerned citizens voiced concerns about the economy, urging Corker to explain why he voted against the stimulus bill.  The senator says first we have to solve the credit and housing issues before we can even attempt to fix the economy, and that spending $800 billion won't do the trick.

Meanwhile, some people couldn't leave Wednesday's meeting satisfied without first letting off a little steam.

Corker says he's using his relationships with auto maker big wigs, instead of taxpayers money to solve problems.

"We are going to give our tax money to the bank, so that they can lend the money back to us and make money off of me and it's going to these big bankers who shouldn't have lent money to people to begin with," said Corker.

Senator Corker says he understands that people are frustrated, worried, and concerned about the current state of things, and that taking out their frustration on him helps ease their own anguish.

Senator Corker says no matter what happens in the future, he believes the Spring Hill GM plant is sustainable and competitive enough to survive.  Tuesday, GM announced it will cut $40,000 jobs.

It's not clear yet if the Spring Hill plant will be affected.

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