White House race arrives in Southland

The two hot topics for both candidates on Tuesday were the energy and the environment.

John McCain started his day in Santa Barbara, where he continued to try to raise support for offshore drilling, which he says is one way to solve the country's energy crisis. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined McCain on the stage, though he has stated he does not support offshore drilling.

Santa Barbara is the location of the second worst oil spill disaster in U.S. history.

Outside the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, a group of nearly two dozen protestors gathered to remind those inside of environmental concerns.

Schwarzenegger and McCain agree on the need to attack global warming and look for alternative energy sources. McCain believes nuclear power plants are the way, much to the chagrin of Michael Feeney from the Santa Barbara Land Trust.

"I don't understand how it's not compromising our environmental standards to propose a crash program to build more nuclear power plants when the industry has not complied with the federal law that requires there to be safe disposal for the radioactive waste," Feeney said.

"But it's not a technological breakthrough that needs to be taken, it's a NIMBY problem, it's a NIMBY problem. We've got to have the guts and the courage to go ahead and do what other countries are doing, and they are reducing the pollution to our environment rather dramatically without any huge pain to anybody," McCain said.

NIMBY stands for "Not In My Backyard," and it's often used for people who don't want things like oil drilling or nuclear power plants.

During a campaign stop in Fresno on Monday, McCain spent much of the day distancing himself from a controversial remark made by one of his top advisors, Charlie Black. Black was quoted saying that another terrorist attack would give McCain's campaign a boost.

Obama also focused on energy issues, speaking at a special environmental forum in Las Vegas. He is also trying to win over female voters, speaking to a group of women in New Mexico on Monday. Senator Hillary Clinton will be helping him out with that effort by joining him on the campaign trail in New Hampshire later this week.

Obama's fundraiser will be held in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, where he will join stars like Dennis Quaid, Cindy Crawford and Samuel L. Jackson. It will be his first visit to Southern California since being assured of the Democratic presidential nomination.

The event will begin with a $28,000-a-plate VIP dinner benefiting the Democratic National Committee, followed by a $2,300-per-person general reception.

McCain's fundraiser will be in Newport Beach.


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