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Any claim that my administration is responsible for gas prices because we've.
Quote -- quote shut down oil production.
And he -- my -- simply untrue it might make -- -- useful sound -- But it doesn't track -- reality.
President Obama there moments ago talking policy and politics as he outlines his plan for America's energy security needs.
He wants to move the nation away from importation of overseas oil -- development Duma on developing domestics fuel and clean energy.
Let's talk about it with Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander he's -- Republican on the environment and public works committee.
But the president says his goal over the next decade is to reduce importation of oil by about eleven billion barrels a year.
Would Republicans applaud that goal.
Those very ambitious and -- a good idea to stop importing oil from.
People trying to blow us up but to do that.
We not only got to use -- we got to find more in the present these to be as eager to help us find more offshore.
On federal lands in Alaska.
As he was in Brazil the other -- encourage them to drill more and sell to us.
It's my understanding of one of the president's proposals is 7500.
Dollar tax credit for electric vehicles like -- every -- for instance now.
I'm all for American car companies building great cars but that car has been criticized as a 40000.
Dollar very expensive vehicle -- taxpayers.
Should they be subsidizing.
People's personal choices if they want to buy a car like that.
I favor that for a short period of time that's already the law for up to 200000.
After that the government ought to get out of -- jump starting nuclear power jump starting electric vehicles is a good idea after that we ought to step back.
You just said nuclear power given what's happened in Fukushima Japan a lot of people are very nervous about it right now.
Well I just left a hearing on that you know there's never been in death from the civilian reactor in the United States.
There's never been a -- reactor in any of our navy.
-- there's never no one was even heard of Three Mile Island so we have to learn lessons but we want clean electricity.
In the future we're gonna have to have nuclear power it's 70% of our clean electricity today.
What about raising the debt ceiling that we have been arguing this and arguing this.
For a long time now there's talk about the possibility of a government shutdown would you be in favor of raising raising the debt ceiling.
-- I'm in favor.
I will not even consider raising the debt ceiling unless we do something significant.
About the long term federal debt we're having pretty good skirmish right now over this year's deficit which is a few billion.
What we want to do on the Republican side at least -- -- growing number of Democrats.
It's not just -- the next six months for the next sixty years and that means for example.
A ten year plan to reduce the percent.
Of our debt from 45% of our gross domestic product to.
22 two to 20% that would be difficult to do but we have to do it because we're we're borrowing forty cents of every dollar we spend.
Let's talk very quickly about presidential politics you know the president's getting ready to announce his.
Reelection campaign there a number of Republicans out there who may want to challenge him we just talked with Karl Rove.
About the president's poll numbers and and the fact that they are not looking very good.
Is he beatable I mean it from your in you in your view is this president going to be a one term president.
Well it's too early to -- but of course he's beatable.
But any Republican running needs to understand is like going -- eighth -- basketball to the final four -- you get into presidential race.
And we'll have to be strong on defense we'll have to be for a low cost clean energy policy instead of -- high cost.
Energy policy that drives overseas like the president does so we're strong on defense strong on reducing the budget.
-- have low cost energy policy good strong Republican candidate can -- win.
Senator Lamar Alexander Republican of Tennessee thanks thank you.
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