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Obama zeros in on offshore drilling, McCain




JACKSONVILLE — Sen. Barack Obama on Friday opened a two-day Florida campaign swing by slamming Sen. John McCain for shifting his position in favor of lifting the moratorium on drilling off the coast of Florida and elsewhere.

"The politics may have changed, but the facts haven't,'' the Illinois senator said, standing on the banks of the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville. "Offshore drilling would not lower gas prices today. It would not lower gas prices tomorrow. It would not lower gas prices this year. It would not lower gas prices five years from now. ..."

Obama was in northeast Florida for a private fundraising reception expected to bring in at least $300,000, but he announced a last-minute news conference to weigh in on drilling, a suddenly hot issue in this crucial swing state. (story here | Times photo by Martha Rial)

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:24am]


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