Coastal state Dems mixed on Obama’s offshore proposal

President Obama’s proposal to expand offshore oil drilling is being met with a mixed reaction from Democratic candidates in coastal areas.

Former Delaware Lt. Gov. John Carney (D), who is running for the state’s open at-large House seat, came out with a statement this afternoon bristling at the idea of drilling off the coast of his state.

“I strongly support the goal of energy independence, however I am opposed to oil exploration and drilling off the coast of Delaware,” Carney said. “I have serious concerns about the impact of offshore oil drilling on our beaches and fragile coastal areas.”

Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.), meanwhile, took a more middle-ground approach.

The Hill