Florida Republicans back McCain's drilling plan
WASHINGTON — Not in modern times has a candidate for president or even statewide office won Florida without promising to keep oil and gas rigs away from its coasts. But never before has someone run when gasoline cost $4 per gallon.
In calling for an end to the 26-year-old federal ban on energy exploration off most of the nation's coast on Tuesday, Sen. John McCain has embraced what has been a taboo position for politicians in Florida.
But support for his plan from top Florida Republicans suggests off-shore drilling is not the political loser it once was, or at least is now open for debate. (story here)