Grayson hopes Palin will influence energy policy

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is hoping John McCain's new running mate can talk him into supporting oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin is a strong supporter of opening the refuge to oil production. McCain opposes drilling there, but said recently he's willing to re-examine the issue.

Grayson said Tuesday he hopes McCain talks with Palin about the issue, and that Palin changes his mind.

In a conference call with Kentucky reporters, Grayson said drilling in the Alaskan refuge should be part of the country's comprehensive energy policy. He said it would also be a good political move.

Grayson was speaking from Minnesota, where McCain will formally accept his party's presidential nomination this week at the Republican National Convention.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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