Dem running for Georgia Senate endorses Keystone XL

Michelle Nunn (D) told volunteers for her U.S. Senate campaign that she would back the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.


Nunn, Democrats' top recruit to succeed retiring Sen. Saxby ChamblissClarence (Saxby) Saxby ChamblissGOP lobbyist tapped for White House legislative affairs The Hill's Morning Report - Gillibrand drops out as number of debaters shrinks Hoekstra emerges as favorite for top intelligence post MORE (R-Ga.), said she supported the oil-sands pipeline on the grounds of economic development and national security.

"I have a lot of friends who have different perspectives on Keystone,” Nunn said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We need to continue to focus on green energy and finding sustainable sources of energy, but I do believe we should move forward with Keystone.”

Keystone XL remains a contentious issue on Capitol Hill as Republicans crank up pressure on President Obama to sign it. Nunn would be among the ranks of other oil and gas-friendly Democrats, like Sens. Mary Landrieu (La.) and Mark Begich (Alaska), who support the pipeline.

Nunn, the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), has Democrats hopeful they could pull off an upset, especially if a flawed GOP nominee emerges from their bitter primary.

— This story was updated at 2:23 p.m.