Muckraker: Grist on Politics

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, an Obama supporter who was rumored to be on the short list for VP, and former Virginia Gov. George Allen, a McCain supporter, took part in a debate today on energy and environmental issues, speaking on behalf of the two campaigns. Gristmill contributor Miles Grant live-blogged the event, and it sounds like it was pretty depressing lively.

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Apparently, Kaine asserted that “we can’t go to a no-coal future.” Allen, meanwhile, argued that, “It’s been said that Americans are addicted to oil. I think Americans are addicted to freedom.”

They also traded jabs on nuclear energy, debated drilling offshore, and sparred over McCain’s “gas tax holiday” proposal from over the summer. Allen also posed for a photo with a representative from a coal-industry front-group.

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