Pelosi Will Allow Vote on Off-Shore Drilling; Rejects Idea that Edwards Cost Clinton Iowa

By Nitya

Aug 12, 2008 7:56am

On Larry King Live last night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that her mind was opening towards allowing a vote on off shore drilling.

"There are things that Congress can do" to alleviate the energy crisis, Pelosi said, "but the Republicans and the president have resisted. Instead, they have this thing that says drill offshore in the protected areas. Well, we can do that. We can have a vote on that. But it has to be part of something that says we want to bring immediate relief to the public and not just a hoax on them."

Asked if she would support an energy package that includes drilling, Pelosi said she would not, then added: "It depends how the drilling is put forth. But I don’t — that is not excluded, let me say it that way. It depends how that is proposed, if the safeguards are there."

Pelosi also rejected the contention by Howard Wolfson, the former communications director for Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, that John Edwards’ lies about his infidelity ultimately cost Clinton the nomination, since — the theory goes — Clinton would have won Iowa had Edwards not been in the race.

"I don’t buy that," Pelosi said. "You don’t know. Who knows? How does he know that?"

The Speaker continued: "what we have learned about what happened in Iowa was that it was a very strong anti-war vote. Barack Obama never supported the war. Edwards backed away from his vote on the war. And that was a differentiating issue in that campaign. I don’t know who would have benefited. It probably would have been spread around. Some of the other candidates for president may think that they would have benefited as the alternative to Hillary Clinton and to Barack Obama. Maybe somebody else would have run if he were not in the race. Nobody can tell you what would have happened."

- jpt

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