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Congressman on Hostess bailout: ‘I don’t think that cake has been cooked yet’ [AUDIO]

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      Nicholas Ballasy

      Nicholas Ballasy is the Senior Video Reporter for The Daily Caller covering Congress and national politics. Ballasy has interviewed a wide range of political leaders and celebrities including former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Sen. John Kerry, former Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Joan Rivers, Gloria Estefan, Jon Stewart, Dave Matthews, Neil Munro, Stevie Wonder, etc. His work has been featured by CNN, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, The Drudge Report, Washington Post and New York Times, among others.

The chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Connecticut Rep. John Larson — who supported the federal bailout of General Motors in 2009 — told The Daily Caller that a bailout of Hostess, while not entirely impossible, would “find a very skeptical Congress.”

“I don’t think that cake has been cooked yet,” Larson told TheDC on Friday at the Capitol. “I think, of course, with all these issues, there should be a thoughtful process. I just hope they try to get the workers back at the table and discuss this. It is certainly a brand name company, but I think you’d find a very skeptical Congress.”

Hostness announced on Friday that it will liquidate, after striking union workers did not return to work by a Thursday evening deadline set by the company.

“That’s the worst thing I’ve heard today. No more twinkies? Wow. … You would think, especially at this time of the year, that they would do their best to get everybody back in the room, and try to save the job and keep twinkies on the table,” Larson said.

The Ho Ho-maker plans to lay off all of its 18,500 workers.

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