SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ Energy development was the topic of the day when Senator John McCain spoke Wednesday at Missouri State University.
The Republican presidential candidate spoke at a town-hall style forum in which he also fielded about a dozen questions from the audience on wide-ranging topics.
One person asked what would have to change for McCain to support oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
McCain said he opposes drilling because the area is pristine but eventually pledged take another look at the issue.
McCain told the audience of about 500 people at the university's
student union auditorium that he plans to make Missouri a presidential battleground. McCain narrowly won Missouri's Republican primary in February, but he lost southwest Missouri decisively to Mike Huckabee.
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