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Landrieu leaks support amid pipeline controversy

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Facing roadblocks on a path to re-election, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu sidestepped to the Cyber Innovation Center.

She toured the facility along with newly installed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.  Landrieu claims she's secured $75 million for the CIC, which she says has generated 800 jobs for Shreveport-Bossier.

But to keep her own job in the U.S. Senate, Landrieu has another issue besides her support for Obamacare to overcome.  Now there's the Keystone pipeline.  While Landrieu touts her new power as chair of the senate energy committee, the pipeline remains in limbo as negotiations to bring it to a vote have fallen apart.

"This is just the first skirmish in a long battle to get Keystone. It is not over,"  Landrieu vows.

She says she'll try to move the pipeline through her committee in a few weeks. But she admits the Senate is still short of the 60 votes needed.

The new Keystone pipeline would send Canadian oil through the U.S. to refineries on the Gulf coast.  It would reportedly create more than 42,000 direct and indirect jobs during the two-year building phase.

But it's opposed by liberal Democrats and President Obama on environmental grounds.

KTBS political analyst Trey Gibson says Landrieu's Republican opponents should pounce.

"I think they should be questioning why oil and gas give her so much in campaign donations if her party comes up with these kind of results," Gibson says. "She claims to have all sorts of power as the new chair of the energy committee, and she's not getting it done."

Landrieu counters by saying,  "I've done everything I can to explain to the president how important this is. I think what people see is Mary Landrieu fighting for them, trying to get things done."

Landrieu has a lot of work to do with voters.  A new poll by Southern Media Opinion Research shows her job approval rating is at an all-time low of 39 percent, which is virtually the same as President Obama's number in Louisiana.
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