Rick Perry backed an already-climate-crusading Al Gore in ’88

Texas Gov. Rick Perry may have forgotten a thing or two about the Al  Gore presidential campaign he helped lead in 1988.

In an  interview with an Iowa radio station on Monday, the Republican presidential  contender explained his role as the Gore campaign’s Texas chairman by saying  that “this was Al Gore before he invented the Internet and got to be Mr. Global  Warming.”

But in fact, global warming was already a significant theme for Gore in  1987 and 1988 — long before his activism led to several books, a Nobel Prize and  a part in an Academy Award-winning film. It was also well before the right gave  him the “Mr. Ozone” nickname and talk radio heaped endless mockery on the future  vice president.

Gore, then a young Tennessee senator trying to break out in a crowded  Democratic field, mentioned the warming planet as one of his priorities for his  presidential campaign in April 1987, according to news coverage at the time.

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  1. Bob marshall

    August 17, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I just read where Obama has sent 700,000 illegals back to Mexico. Since that only leaves 19,300,000 and Rick Perry called for open borders this would be interesting.

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