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Not a Republican lieutenant governor's around the country in fact they're sending the president a clear message approved the Keystone Pipeline.
For the benefit of the economy.
Well it is the first time lieutenant governors of actually banded together to advocates something national.
We happen to have one of wanna -- lieutenant governor John Sanchez of New Mexico joins us now lieutenant governor good morning.
Good morning good to be with you -- they're both great to have you here it's good to have more voices out on this situation.
What compelled the lieutenant governors of so many states the band together on this issue.
Well first let me say I was very proud to be 122 lieutenant governors who sent a letter to President Obama urging him to approve the Keystone Pipeline why because here in our home states we understand it's all about job creation.
Working with our governors to make sure that we provide opportunity for citizens I can't think -- better project.
Then the approval of the -- Keystone Pipeline.
That would allow this country to immediately put shovel ready jobs 20000.
That would put Americans back to work we're talking about good high paying jobs welders electricians.
Heavy equipment operators but more importantly allows America and North America to become energy independent we think this is common sense.
We're doing that and our states -- -- New Mexico under the leadership of governor Martinez we are reducing the corporate income tax were lowering the cost of doing business simply leveling the playing field creating jobs we think the president -- -- the -- Yet well on some of these pro -- policies you may get a little push back but I think the one thing that's really clear is that the American public is behind you.
Do you think because it's a different set of individuals a different era below again it is a very unique I did the lieutenant governors of these states coming through and saying look it's just it's economic common sense they've addressed all the environmental issues this is something that's the needed.
Just for America itself do you think.
You're individual group.
Coming in now we'll have some extreme.
-- Always also we we believe that we have an opportunity we have a strong voice.
We are at the forefront working with our governors.
Making sure that we're doing everything we can't to create opportunity and our states and if you look at those states that are moving forward it's those governors lieutenant governors were leading with common sense.
Regulation that would allow the private sector to continue to grow reducing taxes reducing regulations pretty common sense values -- job creation.
So we urge the president to do the same money that's about.
Energy independents -- They're dealing with a neighbor -- -- through his trusted somebody who shares -- same values we believe this is the right thing for America.
We think as lieutenant -- we have a a say in this and that's one of the reasons former urging the president to approve the Keystone Pipeline.
It is Liz MacDonald here lieutenant -- here if you're saying -- married to is is that if -- don't build the pipeline a look at delivered by truck.
Or by other more polluting ways and -- get shipped to China which has virtually no pollution Charles.
What I need to ask you about for the viewer though is the policy angles here that are under reported by the media.
More oil meaning that they would beat you saved Americans more money than that payroll tax cut.
They would strengthen the dollar and improve the trade deficit -- put a lid on inflation.
Did you address that in a letter and how many by the way how many Republicans and how many Democrats were signing actually signed that letter.
Let me just say that they -- the other 22 lieutenant -- they were all Republican lieutenant governors who signed that.
If you look at the big picture though over 70% of Americans.
And in polling show that they support via -- pipeline.
And all that a vast majority of Democrats or it's not a partisan issue.
It's about common sense ideas and it's about something that's shared across the table by all Americans who believe this is the right thing to do.
You know this pipeline has been study more so than any other pipeline.
We've addressed those environmental concerns and you're absolutely right it's the safest waved to deliver.
Oil to our refineries down in the southern part of our country it's safe it's common sense we believe it's the right thing for this country.
Let me remind everybody that America is the largest.
Consumer of energy in the world -- the largest consumer -- petroleum products.
If we want to move our -- report we have to have a strong energy sector.
This is the right thing to do is absolutely a strong energy sector remains strong -- -- means job security.
An -- given a lot of dough here at home to that's not a bad idea that.
That the lieutenant governor Sanchez really wanna say thanks so -- particular time out this morning and also for stepping up because.
Obviously the clock is ticking and then hopefully I think a lot of people share your sentiment this will be approved we appreciate it.
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