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

Rep. Michele BachmannMichele BachmannNo-shows at GOP convention Clinton camp: Trump VP pick is 'divisive,' 'unpopular' Lobbying world MORE (R-Minn.), who recently visited the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with a group of House Republicans, lamented John McCainJohn McCainFox News bests major networks in convention ratings Meghan McCain: ‘I no longer recognize my party’ Why a bill about catfish will show whether Ryan's serious about regulatory reform 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 BoehnerThe Hill's 12:30 Report Boehner on Cruz: 'Lucifer is back' Ryan: ‘No better choice’ than Pence for Trump VP 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.

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