Larry Kudlow of National Review seems to think that John McCain has dropped his support for cap-and-trade, after reading the Republican candidate’s policy pamphlet [PDF] on “Jobs for America,” released this week. Kudlow notes that the document includes no mention of cap-and-trade, though there is a portion titled “Cheap, Clean, Secure Energy for America: The Lexington Project.” He writes:

So I picked up the phone and dialed a senior McCain official to make sure these old eyes hadn’t missed it. Sure enough, on deep background, this senior McCain advisor told me I was correct: no cap-and-trade. In other words, this central-planning, regulatory, tax-and-spend disaster, which did not appear in Mac’s two recent speeches, has been eradicated entirely — even from the detailed policy document that hardly anybody will ever read.

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Marc Ambinder called up Jill Hazelbaker, McCain’s communications director, to inquire. She said that the idea that McCain is abandoning his support for cap-and-trade “totally false.”

Kudlow is not exactly one of the conservative movement’s more sober, trusted voices. Perhaps this is just wishful thinking on his part?

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