Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer Shines at DNC Convention

by Winning Mark on September 1, 2008

in Blog, Candidates

In 2006, Winning Mark created direct mail for Montana Conservation Voters to help elect Brian Schweitzer as Governor of Montana.

Last week Governor Schweitzer electrified the crowd during his speech at the Democratic National Convention. Schweitzer spoke in Denver, highlighting America’s energy crisis and the various solutions that could be used to solve it.

Schweitzer emphasized a combined approach – using wind, solar, geothermal, clean coal, hydrogen and oil to address America’s energy needs. He said a singular focus on oil will no longer serve us, and got a chance to poke fun at Democratic nominee Barack Obama’s opponent John McCain at the same time:

We simply can’t drill our way to energy independence, even if you drilled in all of John McCain’s backyards, including the ones he can’t even remember. That single-answer proposition is a dry well, and here’s why. America consumes 25 percent of the world’s oil, but has less than 3 percent of the reserves. You don’t need a $2 calculator to figure that one out. There just isn’t enough oil in America, on land or offshore, to meet America’s full energy needs.”

Schweitzer, a Montana farmer whose first elected position was that of the governor, brought the house down at the end of his speech. State-by-state Schweitzer encouraged the convention’s delegates to stand up so that people from coast to coast could hear them saying “no” to four more years of failed Republican energy policies.

To watch the complete speech, click here. To read the speech transcript, click here.

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