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06/01/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sam Stein On Obama's Energy Plans: Once Again, The President Is Negotiating Against His Own Party (VIDEO)

Huffington Post political reporter Sam Stein joined conservative radio host Micheal Medved Thursday on "The Ed Show," to discuss everything from President Obama's strategy on the energy bill to the fairness doctrine.

Stein told Schultz that he believes President Obama's end to the moratorium on oil exploration is a calculated move to pick up votes for the energy bill in the Senate. But so far, Stein explained, Obama's hasn't seen much of a payoff in his attempt to woo Republicans and his decision has pitted him against his own party.

Stein: "Most sober-minded environmental experts look at this and say that it's going to be 10-15 years minimum before you get any energy source from drilling. The President, with nuclear power, is hoping to pick off one or two Republican votes in the Senate. It's what he needs, otherwise the bill doesn't pass. But you saw, it's not doing him any good. The statements yesterday from the Republican leadership all were very tepid or were against the announcement. Either it didn't go far enough, or was deemed sort of misleading. And once again, the president is negotiating against his own party on a major policy area."

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