In Reversal, Sen. Brown Says He's Open to Domestic Oil Drilling

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownLawmakers play catch-up as smartphone banking surges Overnight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas House votes to eliminate Olympic medal tax MORE (D-Ohio) is warming to the idea of lifting the federal ban on domestic offshore oil drilling, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

Brown had been an opponent of lifting the ban, saying that it would do little in the short-term to lower the price of gas.

Republicans, including 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, have pushed for the end to the ban. They have said that more drilling is needed to move the country away from a dependence on foreign oil.

Barack ObamaBarack ObamaGreen Party nominee escorted off debate premises Obama defends work on tribal issues Charlotte requires race discussion Hillary, Democrats refuse to have MORE has opposed the lifting of the ban, but he is receiving pressure from at least one prominent liberal blogger to change course. MyDD's Jerome Armstrong suggested Friday that Obama and Democratic leaders accept a more drilling in a package that includes non-carbon energy solutions.