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Bill Cassidy Gives GOP's Weekly Address (VIDEO)

While he had to share the podium with Mary Landrieu earlier this month on the topic of flood insurance, Bill Cassidy gets the megaphone to himself this weekend, delivering the Republicans' nationally syndicated weekly address. The Baton Rouge Congressman, who is challenging Landrieu for her Senate seat in this fall's election, focused on energy, calling the Keystone XL Pipeline an example of "common sense solutions to provide you opportunity."


Cassidy uses the first part of the four-and-a-half minute address to introduce himself, leaning heavily on his career as a physician.


“Patients know that I am a Congressman," he says. "Often, they would rather talk about problems in Washington than problems with their health. I have to say ‘timeout, let’s talk about you.’"


Speaking of the American Dream, which he says is about "more than having enough to eat," Cassidy references his father.


“My dad’s an example. He never went to college. He worked hard selling insurance," Cassidy says. "My dad’s dream was for his children to have a better life. He would be so proud that his son is a congressman who happens to be running for the United States Senate. I wish my dad could see his dream fulfilled."


When speaking of dreams and fulfillment, however, most of the address concerns energy. He talks of the Haynseville Shale in northwest Louisiana, where natural gas production is currently on the rise, and a man with emphysema who started a new career as a truck driver in an energy-producing town. 


Another dream and opportunity fulfilled, Cassidy says, would be the Keystone XL Pipeline. The Congressman hits President Barack Obama on the controversial oil pipeline route that would allow flows from Alberta to Nebraska.


“Unfortunately, President Obama continues to oppose job-creating projects, such as Keystone. Sadly, Democrats in Washington stand with President Obama rather than standing with hardworking families in Louisiana and elsewhere. They would rather your family struggle than offend their political base," says Cassidy.


Cassidy doesn't directly mention Landrieu in the address. The sitting senator has been a fervent supporter of the project.


Here's the full address:




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