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McCain Calls on Congress to Reconvene to Solve Energy Crisis
Now, as all of us here know by now, a small group of Republicans (one certainly wishes it was bigger group) have been gathering in the House chamber since the recess to protest the decision by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to have Congress go into recess without attempt to solve the energy crisis, and if the Republican Cloakroom website is any indicator (and it by all means should be), they will continue to do so.
Since then, many of my fellow Republicans and conservatives have been trying to get the White House and the McCain campaign to respond to this.
Well, we have some good news on one of those fronts. As I logged onto to You Tube, I was greeted by a pleasant piece of news, a video of McCain calling on Congress doing just that.
The video is below the fold.
I just hope he continues to hammer on this message. It could be very fruitful for both him and other Republican candidates across the nation, come November.
EDIT: The Philadelphia Inquirer gives us this:
Speaking in Montgomery County today, Republican presidential candidate John McCain called on Congress to return from its summer recess to deal with the nation’s energy crisis.
*”Congress should come back in session, and I’m willing to come off the campaign trail,” *McCain told reporters at the Lafayette Hill headquarters of the National Label Co.
The visit to National Label was McCain’s only stop during a stay in the Philadelphia area that lasted less than four hours. He toured the facility, which makes labels for pharmaceuticals and other consumer products, and held a closed, half-hour roundtable with local business executives.
In his statement on energy, McCain said the only way to address the nation’s energy needs was through an “all-of-the-above approach” that uses nuclear power, clean coal technology, and additional offshore oil drilling.
*”Anybody who says we can achieve energy independence without using and increasing these existing energy resources either doesn’t have the experience to understand the challenge we face or isn’t giving the American people some straight talk,” *McCain said.
As I said before, this is certainly heartening news to hear. But the question is, will Pelosi and Reid actually reconvene? For some reason, I doubt it, unless we, the Republicans in Congress, and the McCain campaign (one would hope the President will soon join this list) can keep up the pressure and enbarrass the Democratic leadership into acquiescing and calling Congress back into session.