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

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownDem senators: Slash executive pay at pension plans seeking benefit cuts Lawmaker offers bill to impose 'exit tax' on expatriating companies For Clinton, there's really only one choice for veep 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 McCainFive takeaways from the Indiana primary Overnight Energy: Clinton takes on former coal industry CEO The Trail 2016: Indiana gets ugly on GOP judgment day 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 ObamaClinton still on track for nomination despite Indiana setback Trump takes Indiana, forcing Cruz out of GOP race Morris: 2016 a 1952 redux 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.

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