Republican challengers Rick Goddard and John Stone are giving John Barrow and Jim Marshall heck over offshore drilling. Barrow and Marshall claim they support drilling, but with “strict environmental controls.” Isn’t it “strict environmental controls” that have kept us from drilling thusfar?
After two years of getting pummeled by Democrats over President Bush’s handling of the Iraq war and the economy, the GOP says it finally has found an issue that will help it seize two Democrat-held Georgia congressional seats.
Republicans say they own the issue because they never have wavered in their support of offshore drilling.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released June 29 found that 69 percent of Americans support offshore drilling. The same survey found that only half the respondents believed expanding offshore drilling would actually lead to lower gas prices.
“This is the first time we’ve seen the base excited in a long time,” said Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Grantville. “The Republican base was ready for somebody to stand up and say to the Democrats, ‘We’re not going to take it anymore.’ “