LAS VEGAS (Nov. 1, 2012) — With just days until the presidential election, two political rivals shared their opinions on the candidates and national issues in a lively debate during the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association’s (AAIA) Town Hall Oct. 31 during AAPEX in Las Vegas.
Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi, traded light-hearted barbs with Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Needless to say, Mr. McAuliffe faced a rather hostile audience made up of several hundred automotive aftermarket businesspeople. When he asked who in the banquet room voted of President Obama in the last election, only a few hands were raised.
Mr. Barbour, who is a past chairman of the Republican National Committee, started the political discussion by saying that the election posed a choice between market capitalism that supports small business and a government policy of borrowing that has deepened national debt. These comments were answered with a round of applause.
However, when Mr. McAuliffe began his argument by stating that President Obama inherited from George Bush an economy that was in shambles, he was interrupted by a round of boos.