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'08 Candidates Make Global Warming Pitches

Check out the witness list for tomorrow's Senate hearing on global warming, because it's tantamount to a bipartisan cattle call for the 2008 presidential campaign.

The Environment and Public Works Committee is having the first Congressional hearing of the 110th Congress on the increasingly sexy topic of global warming, an otherwise toothless hearing at which just lawmakers have been invited to make pitches for their own plans to deal with the issue.

But at least three of the lawmakers on tap to testify about their own proposals are running for the White House: Sens. Joe Biden (D-Del.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

If that's not enough, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is a member of the committee and expected to be on hand for at least some of the hearing -- meaning she would have the chance to question, interrogate and joust with Biden, Obama and McCain about their plans. Along with seven other Democrats and one independent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Clinton will offer her views on the issue. If she doesn't show up in person, Clinton is expected to at least put her official stance on the position into the committee record through a written statement.

The fireworks begin at 9 a.m., at 406 Senate Dirksen Office Building.

Unfortunately, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) bowed out of the '08 race last week, because he'll also be on hand to testify about his plans, according to an EPW release. That would have made an official handful of White House candidates expressing their views on global warming.

By Paul Kane  |  January 29, 2007; 3:54 PM ET
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