President Bush is holding a televised news conference to discuss two of his top priorities - energy and the government's Social Security pension plan.

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White House spokesman Scott McClellan says the president will talk about specific ideas to keep Social Security solvent in the future. He says Mr. Bush will also talk about the importance of addressing the nation's long-term energy needs.

The news conference comes as rising fuel costs continue to take a toll on the U.S. economy and Mr. Bush's approval ratings.