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After failing to get President Obama to agree to construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and an unsuccessful effort to force the issue, House Republicans are trying again. Lawmakers attached the pipeline to a major transportation bill in an effort to move the pipeline closer to reality.

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) tells us why the latest strategy is adding Keystone to a transportation bill and whether he thinks Obama will ever relent on the issue.

“The president is on the wrong side of public opinion and we’re on the right side and a lot of Democrats are recognizing that and beginning to shift our way.

“It’s a good issue for us to play offense on but more importantly it’s the right thing to do for the country in terms of jobs and energy security,” Cole told WND.

He also answers critics who say that Nebraska is the real hold-up in this process and he explains why the Keystone debate is symbolic of a larger fundamental divide between the priorities of the two parties.

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