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Republican Presidential Hopeful John McCain Visits Reno

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John McCain, speaking in Reno on May 28, 2008. John McCain, speaking in Reno on May 28, 2008.

Two White House hopefuls are meeting with Nevada voters this week. Barack Obama was here Tuesday. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain is in Reno today.

The Arizona senator held a town hall meeting in Reno. McCain is also holding a private fundraiser with Nevada governor, Jim Gibbons.

During the town hall meeting, McCain answered tough questions on his stance on building the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

He still supports the construction of a nuclear waste repository in Nevada as long as it meets all the regulatory requirements.

But he also said at a rally in Reno Wednesday that he wants to address nuclear waste by reprocessing spent fuel and trying to find a place for an international repository that may make it unnecessary to build the Yucca Mountain facility north of Las Vegas.

The Republican senator from Arizona said he's not the kind of politician who tells voters only what they want to hear. He said he told the people of Iowa he doesn't support ethanol subsidies and he still doesn't.

In regard to the proposed nuclear dump in Nevada, McCain said, "I support Yucca Mountain once it goes through all the processes it needs to go through, but I also support reprocessing."

McCain said former President Carter made a terrible mistake by halting reprocessing of spent fuel during the 1970s.

From Nevada, McCain heads to Los Angeles.

(Associated Press contributed to this report)

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