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Kerry: Opponents Of New Drilling Have 'Very Legitimate' Concerns


Pressed as to whether that means Kerry will change his legislation to meet his needs, Nelson sounded optimistic. "I think he's moving in that direction," Nelson said. "It's a non-starter for me, if there is drilling off of Florida that messes with our economy and our environment and...military interest."

According to Politico, Kerry, and his fellow sponsor Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) still think the oil spill will ultimately strengthen their hand, and help them pass their legislation--and they plan to unveil it next week, despite the loss of their lone Republican supporter, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Yesterday, Kerry emerged from the Senate chamber with his arm around Lieberman's shoulder, and hurriedly told me he was working to win support from all sides. "We're talking to everybody," he said. "We're being very deliberate."

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