VIDEO: McCain Speaks at Michigan Nuke Plant
NEWPORT, Mich. — Here is some late-breaking video of Sen. John McCain’s remarks here at the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station on the shore of Lake Erie, south of Detroit. McCain was joined by Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) — whom McCain mistakenly identified as a senator. Note the nuclear power plant’s cooling towers in the background. McCain toured the facility before giving these remarks to reporters.
There was some confusion, as the remarks were originally supposed to be delivered to the small press pool that accompanied McCain on the tour while the bulk of the traveling press waited in a holding area. We were then told the remarks would take place in our holding room, only to later be told the senator would speak outdoors to the pool only. Finally, the exasperated press corps was informed that we would, in fact, be able to watch the remarks, and we were led outside. Just another example of how disorganized the campaign’s media relations can be. McCain, obviously, promoted his energy policy — which includes a plan to build 45 new nuclear power plants by 2030. He also said Sen. Barack Obama was "confused" about McCain’s vote on a recent energy bill. Finally, check out the end of the video, where a reporter calls out a question about whether the plan to build nuclear power plants is logistically feasible, to which McCain gives a curt answer. This is the reality for McCain’s traveling press corps.