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Published September 11 2010

Hoeven disagrees on Social Security proposal

Republican U.S. Senate candidate and North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven doesn’t agree with a recent proposal by a Republican colleague that the Social Security system can be bolstered by using money from oil drilling in national parks.

GOP U.S. House candidate Rick Berg proposes bringing more money into the Social Security system by drilling for oil and other mineral resources on federal lands that have yet to be tapped into. Berg said that would include horizontal drilling underneath national parks, like Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota.

Democratic-NPL Senate candidate Tracy Potter brought the policy discussion into North Dakota’s Senate race, inquiring about whether Hoeven supported Berg’s proposal.

Potter called Berg’s idea to use oil drilling revenue “a misguided idea” and not the right solution to ensure Social Security’s viability for the long term.

Hoeven spokesman Don Larson responded to Potter’s charge by saying only, “the governor does not support drilling within national parks.”