The price of oil has not yet fallen enough for the Presidential candidates to stop talking about energy. ABC's Ron Claiborne followed Republican John McCain to Michigan, where he unveiled a plan to build 45 new nuclear power plants. Claiborne quoted McCain's assertion that Barack Obama opposes nukes: "Actually, Obama does not oppose more nuclear power plants. He favors going forward--only if it can be done safely." NBC's Andrea Mitchell surveyed both platforms and found that "as energy prices climbed this summer, both candidates have shifted with the political winds. McCain is now a true believer in offshore drilling, which he once opposed" while Obama has dropped his outright opposition to drilling and to tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Mitchell consulted unnamed experts: "Both campaigns are exaggerating the virtues of their energy proposals and not telling voters how truly difficult it would be to become really independent of foreign oil."
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