White House spokesman Josh Earnest defers question on timing of decision on Keystone XL pipeline proposal to State Dept.
- NOTE: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, speaking yday at town hall in N.H., said she thought Obama administration would have made decision on Keystone by now
- Earnest says consideration of Keystone has taken longer “than many previous projects” as litigation has delayed State Dept study on issue
- NOTE: Clinton has said she will decline to comment on whether she favors Keystone XL until administration announces its decision, saying it wouldn’t be proper because of her prior role as secretary of state under Obama
- NOTE: Clinton said yday that she “can’t wait too much longer” to comment
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