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Romney: U.S. energy independence within reach
Proposal » GOP candidate talks of more drilling, vows to create millions of jobs.


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Campaigning Wednesday in Iowa and Arkansas, Romney previewed his energy speech, promising donors at a fundraiser in Arkansas that "North America will be energy-independent by the last year of my second term."

Romney’s energy pledges revived a long-elusive goal of reducing America’s dependence on foreign supplies.

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Obama says Akin missed science class in school

President Barack Obama is mocking Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri for his remarks about a woman’s body being able to avoid pregnancy during what Akin called a “legitimate rape.”

Obama tells a group of donors in New York that the Republican congressman from Missouri “somehow missed science class” even though he sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Obama says Akin’s remarks are representative of what Obama called “the desire to go backwards instead of forwards and fight fights that we thought were settled 20 or 30 years ago.”

Akin has refused calls from within the GOP to drop his bid to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. He made the remarks in a TV interview last Sunday while defending his opposition to abortion in all circumstances.

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Nearly every U.S. president, including Obama, has made similar vows. Richard Nixon made the case for energy independence in 1973 after Arab oil producers cut off supplies in response to U.S. support of Israel in the Mideast war.

Obama has called for a one-third reduction in U.S. oil imports by 2025. The president’s proposal for boosting domestic oil production relies in part on offering incentives to companies that hold leases for offshore and onshore drilling to speed up recovery; increasing the use of biofuels and natural gas; and making vehicles more energy-efficient.




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