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Republican state senators call for domestic drilling

Posted July 3, 2008 4:31 p.m. EDT

— State senators added their voices to the growing support for offshore drilling in a letter outlining a plan to increase domestic oil production.

The Republican Senate Caucus's plan includes exploration and drilling for oil and natural gas 45 to 100 miles off the North Carolina coast.

Letters were sent to North Carolina's Congressional delegation, President George W. Bush, as well as presumptive presidential candidates Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., and Republican candidate for governor, Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory have also expressed support for off-shore drilling.