August 4th, 2008
03:56 PM ET

Obama flip-flop on offshore drilling?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/04/art.obama.press.gi.jpg caption="Obama said he will not “support a plan that suggests this drilling is the answer to our energy problems.”"]

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Barack Obama has changed his tune on offshore drilling.

In a reversal, he now says he'd be willing to compromise on his position against offshore drilling if it is part of a more comprehensive energy strategy that can lower gas prices. He praised a Senate bipartisan energy plan that combines alternative energy, nuclear energy and drilling. Obama insists his position is nothing new, and that he won't settle for a plan that suggests drilling is the only answer to our energy needs.

But, the fact of the matter is Obama has been speaking out against offshore drilling since John McCain made his own reversal in June – when he suggested we do away with the federal ban. In June, Obama told Florida voters that he intended to keep the moratorium in place to protect the coastline. Even as recently as Thursday, Obama called McCain's proposal "a strategy designed to get politicians through an election".

Polls show that most Americans support an increase in offshore oil drilling, 69% to 30%... although the public is split as to whether drilling would mean lower gas prices next year.

Meanwhile, another flip-flop from Obama on energy matters came today when he proposed the government sell 70 million barrels of oil from the strategic petroleum stockpile. He says this could help lower gas prices in the short term. But, in the past, Obama was against tapping into the reserve. His campaign says he reconsidered because "Americans are suffering".

Here’s my question to you: Why has Barack Obama changed his tune when it comes to offshore drilling?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


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