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26 percent of voters overall think that slower driving will lead to lower gas prices.

61 percent say it will not.

59 percent support offshore drilling, 60 percent support drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge.

Among Republicans, 85 percent favor drilling in the refuge, among Democrats 41 percent.

46 percent of voters say that reducing the price of gas and oil is more important than protecting the environment; 38 percent take the opposite view.

Source: A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted July 6, with a margin of error of three percentage points.

Quote-a-rama

“I have to think John McCain. I think our core fan base being strong Republicans like they are, that’s going to be the first choice. I also think his credits in history and what he’s done for our country, certainly for our country, a lot of those things will be fully noticed by our fan base.” - Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR driver “No. 48,” on who NASCAR fans want for president, during a speech at the National Press Club.

“I’m a little conservative when it comes to my gum.” — Sen. Barack Obama on his distaste for bubble gum, during an “Access Hollywood” interview.

“If you were in a dark alley which one of the three of us would you want with you?” — former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, commenting on Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken, his opponents should he run for the Senate seat as an independent, in a National Public Radio interview.

“Our finger is always on the trigger.” — Gen. Hossein Salam, commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard ground forces, in an interview with Iran State TV.

Heap on veeps

The press can’t stop speculating on who will win the coveted slots as vice-presidential candidates. Time magazine’s David Von Drehle pines for slower coverage, though.

“Suddenly, everyone wants to talk about running mates. Tomorrow’s trivia questions are the titans of today - Midwestern governors, swing state Senators, retired generals. Recent history says the winners will be announced days or even weeks before the conventions in late August. But what’s the hurry? At least one party ought to revive tradition by dropping the bombshell while the delegates are gathered,” Mr. Von Drehle writes.

“Barack Obama could use his veep announcement to drown out any lingering voices of unhappiness from Sen. Hillary Clinton’s army of convention delegates,” he notes.

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