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Auto CEOs could drive together back to Washington

Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli testifies at a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs hearing on the automotive industry bailout on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008. Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli testifies at a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs hearing on the automotive industry bailout on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008.

When the CEO of General Motors heads back to Washington to seek a federal bailout, he won't be flying on a private jet.

But that's all that GM is saying about the travel plans of Rick Wagoner. He and the heads of the other two auto giants were criticized and ridiculed for using private jets to go to Washington last week to ask for federal help for their companies.

A Chrysler spokesman won't comment on CEO Bob Nardelli's travel plans. Ford says no decision has been made on how CEO Alan Mulally will go.

But they might decide to carpool.

Auto industry officials have been e-mailing and discussing how to set up a giant car caravan that would carry the CEOs and others back to Washington to ask for help from Congress.

The head of Dura Automotive Systems says the idea "really picked up momentum over the weekend."

Congressional leaders called on the auto executives to come back and show how the industry would use the federal bailout to survive. President-elect Obama today said he's surprised the CEOs didn't have a better proposal in place the first time.

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