updated 11/9/2006 9:17:35 AM ET 2006-11-09T14:17:35

President Bush's long-promised meeting with the heads of Detroit's Big Three automakers is scheduled for next Tuesday at the White House.

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The auto executives tentatively were scheduled to meet with Bush in May. But in September, the meeting was pushed back until after the election.

That prompted criticism from Michigan's Governor Jennifer Granholm and other Democrats. They said the administration was neglecting the problems of the Big Three automakers and its workers.

The White House says the president talks to the automakers all the time, and promises that Bush will hold his meeting with the heads of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler Group.

Bush declined an opportunity to have the meeting in Detroit when he was there in early September to attend a fundraiser for a G-O-P Senate candidate.

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