The Republican told a town hall meeting in his home state of Arizona on Tuesday that the 1996 Coen Brothers classic “Fargo,” which won multiple Academy Awards, is his favorite. McCain’s quip came in response to a question about the slow-moving approval process for the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
“It’s still stalled in the Obama administration,” McCain said of the pipeline, before praising the economic boom in North Dakota as a result of energy production.
“Things that are happening in places like like North Dakota — do you know the unemployment rate in North Dakota today is less than 2 percent? They can’t get anybody to come up there and work, and I won’t go anywhere further with that,” McCain said. “I happen to love North Dakota. My favorite movie is ‘Fargo’ … which was shot in Minnesota I understand, but anyway.”
A significant chunk of the film was filmed in Minnesota locations. It features one of the great final scenes in movie history, a disturbingly graphic portrayal involving a wood chipper. In a 2012 Roll Call story previewing the 2014 Senate campaign of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, former McConnell chief of staff Billy Piper compared the Kentucky Republican to that wood chipper.
“Seriously, there’s great job opportunities up there in North Dakota, and we are becoming a net energy exporter,” McCain said while also pushing for natural gas exports. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., is leading a push for a natural gas export amendment to a Ukraine aid package.
“If we did the right thing with building terminals, and there is one now in Texas, to export liquid natural gas, we could be sending it to the Europeans to reduce their dependency,” McCain said. “A lot cheaper than what they’re paying the Russians.”