Rep. Bachmann on ANWR: It's Difficult When McCain Isn't on Same Page

Rep. Michele BachmannMichele BachmannTrump says 2016 is the GOP's last chance to win Bachmann: Clinton will prosecute churches and nonprofits The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Minn.), who recently visited the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with a group of House Republicans, lamented John McCainJohn McCainPundits react: Clinton won first debate Overnight Defense: Debate night is here | Senate sets vote on 9/11 veto override | Kerry, McCain spar over Syria Kerry fires back at McCain: I'm not 'delusional' MORE's opposition to drilling for oil there.

"It's difficult when our nominee is not on the same page with us," said Bachmann in an interview with Townhall.com's Matt Lewis.

The Republicans' trip was aimed at calling greater attention to the need for more domestic energy sources. Bachmann and other members of the trip, including House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerRepublican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare The disorderly order of presidential succession MORE (R-Ohio), have called for oil drilling in the Alaskan wildlife area.

"I believe if Sen. McCain could come to the area and listen to the people who live there -- I believe that he might likely change his mind," Bachmann said.