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Ensign: Don’t trust John Kerry on Yucca

Kurt Hildebrand

MINDEN – Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., came to the Carson Valley to share his view that Nevadans may not be able to trust presidential candidate John Kerry’s opposition of Yucca Mountain.

The senator held a press conference at the Carson Valley Inn earlier this week to talk about Kerry’s record on behalf of the Bush-Cheney campaign.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Kerry guaranteed that as president he would not allow a nuclear waste dump to be placed in Nevada. Nevada is considered a battleground state in this year’s presidential election.

Ensign accused Kerry of changing his opinion with the political breeze on a number of issues, including nuclear waste.

“Kerry says one thing and does something else to get elected,” Ensign said on Monday. “People do change their minds over time, they evolve depending on what they learn. But he goes back and forth depending on what is politically viable at the time.”

Ensign pointed out that Kerry has voted for appropriations for Yucca Mountain and against money Nevada needed to fight it.

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The senator showed a 10-minute video highlighting Kerry’s record on the war in Iraq, which Ensign said Kerry at first supported and then, to win the Democratic nomination, opposed. Ensign opposes storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain and has consistently voted against the administration on the issue.

“I disagree with the administration’s position on Yucca Mountain, but at least I know where they stand,” he said. “It’s is not clear to me that Kerry will stick with Nevada.”

Kerry voted for the 1987 “Screw Nevada” bill, which made Yucca Mountain the only site under study for the storage of nuclear waste.

However, he also voted in favor of President Bill Clinton’s veto of Yucca Mountain as an interim storage site and against final designation of the site by President Bush.