McCain Flips on Emissions Standards

After favoring a national norm, candidate says states should decide
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2008 3:37 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain talks on his cell phone as his campaign plane sits on the tarmac in Romulus, Mich., today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – John McCain seemed to flip-flop on auto-emissions standards today, telling a group of General Motors engineers he supported states’ rights to set their own levels, the Detroit News reports. McCain told the newspaper last month he supported a nationwide standard. Automakers support a national standard because they fear the expense of catering to different restrictions in different states.

"I guess at the end of the day, I support the states being able to do that,” McCain said of which level of government should set levels. The Republican also met with GM CEO Rick Wagoner and checked out the firm’s new electric car, the Chevrolet Volt, which the senator has trumpeted as a solution to the nation’s energy problems.