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“We have been saying for some time … against the ‘drill, baby, drill’ crowd that this is just not in the interest of the United States,” he said days after the April 20 explosion of the BP-leased oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 workers and has sent 200,000 gallons of crude oil daily toward Gulf beaches from Louisiana to Florida.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, has withdrawn his support for expanded oil drilling off his coast, saying he will find another way to help close the state’s $20 billion budget deficit.

California was not included in the recent Obama plan. But Mr. Schwarzenegger wanted to drill off Santa Barbara County, despite Democrat opposition.

This story is based in part on wire service reports.