Republican candidates target ANWR's oil

July 3, 2008 at 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON, July 3 (UPI) -- Five congressional candidates are headed to Alaska to show support for opening a wildlife refuge up to oil development, sources said.

All five are Republicans, The Hill newspaper reported.

Craig Williams, running against Joe Sestak, D-Pa., said drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would "provide a bridge to tomorrow when we can more heavily rely on renewable energy resources such as hydro-electric, solar and wind power."

President Bush has supported the idea of exploring the area's potential for drilling. But, presumptive presidential candidates Barack Obama, D-Ill., and John McCain, R-Ariz., both oppose the idea, the Hill reported.

Accompanying Williams on the July trip are Chris Lien, running for a seat in South Dakota against Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin; Paul Stark, who is challenging Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis.; Luke Puckett, running against Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Mike Sodrel, who is challenging Baron Hill, D-Ind.

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