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McCain: Allow offshore drilling



Sen. John McCain today said he will call for lifting the two-decade old federal moratorium on gas and oil exploration that covers most of the U.S. coast and let states decide whether to allow drilling.

"We must, we must, embark on a national mission to reduce our dependence on foreign oil," McCain said during a media availability at his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va.

Drilling "would be very beneficial in the short term."

He said he would leave it to states to decide whether to allow drilling off their shores. In the past, McCain has supported the federal ban that prohibits such drilling.

- Wes Allison

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:23am]


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