- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Conservative radio and television host Sean Hannity said government needs to get out of the way so other parts of the United States can replicate the prosperity brought to North Dakota by oil.

Hannity was a keynote speaker at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota on Wednesday. The large crowd he addressed was on its feet before he even began speaking.

“In spite of government, you have been able to show the entire country that there is an answer out there - the answer is oil, the answer is energy, it’s the lifeblood of our economy,” he said to the crowd. “You have shown the country the way, I just hope that America is wise and smart enough to follow North Dakota.”

He said he wants the country to drill for energy anywhere it can, adding that 48 states have oil that could be tapped.

North Dakota’s oil boom in recent years has made the state the second-biggest oil producer in the country.

On his shows, Hannity has encouraged listeners and viewers hurt by economic downturn to head to the state for jobs. North Dakota’s oil boom has given the state the lowest unemployment rate in the nation.

He also encouraged America to become energy independent and stop buying oil from countries such as Saudi Arabia.

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