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."

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Chambliss is a strong supporter of calls by John McCainJohn McCainTrump names McMaster new national security adviser How does placing sanctions on Russia help America? THE MEMO: Trump's wild first month MORE, President Bush and other Republicans for more domestic drilling.

Barack ObamaBarack ObamaBritish Parliament members hold heated debate over Trump visit What Trump can learn from Reagan on Presidents' Day Trump's next immigration challenge may be beyond the northern border 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.