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Nelson: Drilling is not going to lower gas prices

Sen. Bill Nelson made one his first forays as a Barack Obama backer, bashing John McCain's call to lift the ban on offshore drilling.

Nelson on a conference call held by Obama's campaign said McCain's plan would do nothing to lower prices, which he said are being fueled by speculation in the markets.

"For a major candidate to say his answer is to drill off the coast of the United States shows a lack of vision,'' Nelson said. "It shows a coziness with oil companies and the Wall Street investment banks that are fueling this run up on prices."

And he accused McCain of flip flopping, noting McCain had opposed lifting the ban when he ran for the White House in 2000. But Nelson didn't answer whether he thinks the $4 price of gas means that offshore drilling will look a lot better to Floridians who once vehemently opposed drilling.

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