Conrad Wants Gulf of Mexico Opened But Doesn't Commit to Coastal Drilling

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) called for more oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, but he wouldn't commit to domestic offshore drilling elsewhere.

"Look, I think the first thing we ought to do is focus on the gulf," Conrad said when asked by CNN's John Roberts Tuesday whether companies should be able to drill off the East and West coasts. "[The gulf is] where the experts tell us the richest opportunities lie. Part of the gulf is open. Part of it is not. I think we ought to focus on that gulf area that is so rich in possibility."

Conrad appeared on television with Sen. Saxby ChamblissSaxby ChamblissWyden hammers CIA chief over Senate spying Cruz is a liability Inside Paul Ryan’s brain trust MORE (R-Ga.). Both said they're members of a "Gang of 10" senators that is seeking a bipartisan solutions to rising energy costs. The other members of the group are Sens. Mark PryorMark PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood MORE (D-Ark.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamVulnerable GOP senator questions opponent's American heritage Trump on primary rivals who don't back him: 'I don't know how they live with themselves' The Trail 2016: Who is really winning? MORE (R-S.C.), John ThuneJohn ThuneWhat will be in Obama’s Presidential Library GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Republicans question FCC watchdog's 'independence' MORE (R-S.D.), Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonOvernight Healthcare: How GOP could help fix ObamaCare | Cures bill in jeopardy | Senators unveil Medicare reforms Senators unveil bipartisan Medicare reforms Is Georgia turning blue? MORE (R-Ga.), and Bob CorkerBob CorkerPublic lands aren't just majestic; they add billions to the economy Global climate pact may bump into Senate roadblock GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election MORE (R-Tenn.).

Chambliss is a strong supporter of calls by John McCainJohn McCainYes, let’s set politics aside on sage grouse conservation Democrats pounce on Cruz's Supreme Court comments Obama's right to tackle redistricting, but it won't be easy MORE, President Bush and other Republicans for more domestic drilling.

Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump’s complaints on media consolidation only the tip of the iceberg Supreme Court compromise: the case for a temporary justice America might be rooting for the Cubs, but shouldn't be MORE has said that more domestic drilling would do little in the short term to stem the rise of gas prices. Conrad, an early Obama supporter, noted that Obama backed a push last year to drill more in the gulf.