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Obama Distorting Facts on Cheney Energy Bill

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The AP alerted me to an interesting story. Let’s begin with part of Barack Obama’s current speech about energy:

“President Bush, he had an energy policy. He turned to Dick Cheney and he said, ‘Cheney, go take care of this. Cheney met with renewable-energy folks once and oil and gas (executives) 40 times. McCain has taken a page out of the Cheney playbook.”

Here’s the problem. Look at the vote on the 2005 Energy Bill, which Obama is now trying to tie to John McCain. Obama voted for it. McCain voted against it.

Obama says he voted for the bill because it gave so much funding to renewable energy. McCain opposed the bill because he said, at the time, it included too many tax breaks for energy companies.

Obama’s current message distorts the facts. A new kind of politician? Not in this case.