CLEVELAND (AP) -- The president's point man for helping workers and communities that make cars has told Ohio leaders he doesn't have a "magic bullet" to solve the industry's crisis.
But Ed Montgomery said in Cleveland Thursday that the government is doing what it can for the U.S. automakers, and that includes buying 17,600 new vehicles for the federal fleet between now and June. Those purchase plans were announced by Vice President Joe Biden earlier in the day.
Montgomery met with Ohio mayors, Gov. Ted Strickland and members of Congress.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland complained that the administration seemed willing to do much more to help Wall Street than manufacturing. Montgomery said he would take those concerns to the president.