ST. PAUL - Florida Republicans are hobnobbing today with former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, who it would seem has his eyes on Florida's coastline.
He started the "drill, baby, drill" call and response Wednesday that fired up the crowd in the convention hall: "So, do you want to put your country first?" Steele asked the crowd to cheers, "Then let's reduce our dependency on foreign sources of oil and promote oil and gas production at home. In other words, drill baby drill! And drill now!"
It'll be a different response Friday from Sen. Bill Nelson who is scheduled to deliver what his office bills as a "major energy policy speech" at the Forum Club of The Palm Beaches. Here's some of what he has to say and it isn't "drill, baby, drill."
He said he wants energy independence, but cautions "against listening to the misguided rhetoric and hollow chants like those heard on the floor of the Republican convention this week: 'Drill, baby, drill.'
"Such a seemingly swift and simple solution to high gas prices has no basis in reality.." Nelson said in remarks prepared for delivery. "More leasing will only delay America’s freedom from oil. And, if we do - 'drill, baby, drill' - we will dirty and destroy our state’s economy...More fundamentally – no matter what anybody says or writes – the U.S. has only three percent of the world’s oil reserves, while it uses nearly one-fourth of the world’s supply. That means we cannot drill our way out of this problem."