McCain Sticks By Stance on Everglades Preservation Measure

CNN

With the landmark Florida wetlands as his backdrop, the Arizonan fends off questions from reporters about his opposition to the legislation, citing the bill’s overwhelming pork.

Instead proposes a stand-alone appropriations bill for Everglades preservation that “at least matches” what the state government and the legislature has pledged to spend.

Calls the Everglades a “national treasure,” says he knows of “no record Senator Obama has on any aspect of this issue” and challenges him to come up with a plan of his own.

Gov. Crist joins him at the event, said he is “right” in his reasoning for not supporting the original measure, agrees a stand-alone bill would be better.

Comes after day of back-and-forth between campaigns over the issue. Get all the details here.

PHOTOS: Check out McCain’s fan boat tour of the Everglades here.

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