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Bachmann leads on oil issue

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota represented Republicans in a recent CNN segment about the oil drilling controversy.

"This is the most perfect place on the planet to drill," she said of the controversial Alaska National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling proposal.

She said the area "is totally frozen" for nine months a year and is small -- "it is the size of a postage stamp on a football field." However, she said that she would leave final drilling decisions to others. "What we need to be doing is all of the above."

Countering Bachmann was U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., who said there are other places to drill for oil other than the environmentally sensitive ANWR area.

Bachmann repeated the Republican call for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to return the House to session so members can debate how to obtain more oil. Pallone, however, said Republicans opposed those measures when they first came up when the House was in session earlier this year.