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      Sanford attending offshore energy tour in Gulf

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford is visiting the Gulf of Mexico to learn more about offshore energy development.

      Sanford is joining other members of Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday for a tour of an offshore oil rig and to meet with representatives of the energy industry.

      Sanford says the tour will provide members a better understanding of offshore energy development.

      The 1st District Republican says that offshore energy plays a role in the nation's energy future. He says that learning more is important given the debate over developing energy resources off the Eastern Seaboard.

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