MSNBC host Ed Schultz cheered rising sales of the Chevy Volt in March, praising the president for speaking out in support of the car.
"The president shout-out may have helped sales quite a bit," Ed Schultz gushed, mocking conservatives for panning the electric-gas hybrid when General Motors announced at the beginning of March that they were halting production of the car due to less-than-expected sales.
After only 1,023 Volts were sold in February, President Obama traveled to Michigan on February 28 and praised the Volt promising to "buy one and drive it myself" as soon as he wasn't president anymore. Sales shot up in March, General Motors announced, nearly doubling sales at 2,289.
"The fact is, they sold a heckuva a lot more than they ever thought they were going to sell," Schultz continued, speaking to Democrat analyst Bob Shrum. "And they're going to sell more. And GM is very confident that consumers are going to love this car."
"How big is this come election time?" he asked.
Later on the show, "The Hulk" star actor Mark Ruffalo marveled to Schultz at the Volt's ability to change the way Americans use energy.
"We have the technology right now, you're seeing it with the Volt, with Teslas, with the innovations that are happening in water, air, and sun in renewable energy. We can be moved to renewable energy in this country by 2030," Ruffalo said.