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The China-Cuba rumor that will not die

Vice President Dick Cheney's office says it isn't true. Mel Martinez even went to the Senate floor to blast its veracity. And columnist George Will said it isn't so.

But the claim that China is drilling some 60 miles off Florida's coastline won't die. In the latest incident, the Missouri Democratic Party has posted a YouTube clip of Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., telling his constituents that "China's within 40 miles of our coast right now, drilling for oil, taking it out of the ground."

The clip features Graves repeating the claim even after Cheney and Martinez discredited it, along with a guest appearance by Martinez, calling the reports "akin to urban legend."

A spokesman for Graves referred the blog, Talking Points Memo, to a 2006 New York Times story that is often cited as the source of the drilling claim. The story doesn't say China is drilling, but was hoping to drill in Cuba. China doesn't however, hold any offshore leases, Martinez and others say.

But that hasn't stopped Republican lawmakers from using the spectre of China to push for opening Florida shores to drilling.

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Vince

You dimwits are still missing the point. Even if China is or isn't actively drilling off the coast of Florida, China has no restrictions it from drilling close to our shores, whereas, we are not able to drill off of 85 percent of our continental shelf, as per statute. This needs to change, because at some point in time, there will be foreign countries harvesting oil that should be ours for the taking.

Goof Ticket

Vince, claiming the dimwit award, fails to realize that there is a US border. It's a defined actual entity.
There is no drilling within the US territory. If Cuba or Mexico wants to drill, they have every right to...ON THEIR OWN LAND.

There are a few, that stupid, to actually think our territory is being breeched by other nations.
Why aren't the Republicans then claiming, Canada is logging in Minnesota without permission, and Mexico is running silver mines within Arizona.. it's that stupid of a claim.

Florida was stupid with it's elections; but it cannot be so stupid, to not know where it's borders are.

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