Jennifer Granholm spoke out Thursday in an attempt to help save the U.S. auto industry.
The Michigan governor sent a letter Thursday to Congress, asking for speedy action on the economic stimulus package.
She wants help protecting 80,000 Michigan families from foreclosure, and would like to extend unemployment benefits.
Granholm says the layoffs GM is expected to announce Friday are an exclamation point on the economic crisis.
"It's not acceptable to assume that economic Darwinism will allow this industry to be eaten up. It is not going to happen," said Granholm.
Meantime, it has been widely rumored that Granholm will be joining the Obama administration, perhaps as energy secretary.
When asked about that on Thursday, Granholm said she is "not ruling it out."