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McCain and Crist gab




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Sen. John McCain stopped by Gov. Charlie Crist's office Tuesday after a Tallahassee fundraiser for a quick meeting and photo op. Crist said the meeting shouldn't be construed as an endorsement of McCain, saying only: "This man's a great friend." The two talked about a national catastrophic fund -- which McCain said should be done in a way that doesn't create an undue burden for taxpayers in states not hit by natural disasters -- and climate change. McCain said he's disappointed the Bush administration hasn't done more to address the issue, and that he supports a cap and trade system on greenhouse emissions, getting involved in Kyoto Treaty negotiations and more nuclear power. "I don't see a real, immediate way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions unless we embrace nuclear power in a very, very substantial way." Unlike presidential hopeful Fred Thompson, who during a visit to Florida last month said he wouldn't rule out oil drilling in the Everglades, McCain said he thinks it's a bad idea: "I wouldn't drill in the Grand Canyon either."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:17am]


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