Group: Dems have strong climate policies
WASHINGTON (AP) — A major environmental voting group gave high marks to Republican John McCain and all the Democratic presidential contenders for their focus on addressing global warming and energy challenges.
The League of Conservation Voters said McCain, an Arizona senator, stands out among his Republican rivals in making global warming an issue on the campaign trail. He was the only GOP candidate to return the organization's questionnaire.
Of the Democratic candidates, the organization's president Gene Karpinski said: "They have strong, aggressive policies and they've made it clear that it's a top priority."
The group Tuesday released a voter guide that outlines six Republicans and seven Democrats' positions and includes those candidates in the top tier. It compares their policies with the organization's position and lists a score based on their voting records.
Democrat Barack Obama had the highest score at 96 on a scale of 0 to 100. He was followed by fellow Democrats Dennis Kucinich at 92 and Hillary Rodham Clinton at 90. Republican Ron Paul earned a score of 30, four points higher than McCain.