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8/16/11

National Journal Covers Up Rick Perry's Liberal Record in Phony 'Expose'

Yahoo/National Journal claims to expose vulnerabilities with the right in Rick Perry, but instead they cover it up or ignore the issues. There is one important issue that they do bring up at the end of the article, and that is Perry's support of Al Gore. The spin:

National Journal- "Perry supported the former Tennessee senator when he ran for president in 1988. At the time, both men were different: Perry was still a Democrat (he switched parties in 1989), and Gore was known more for his defense of family values than for trumpeting the danger of climate change. As Perry put it Monday, "This was Al Gore before he invented the Internet and got to be Mr. Global Warming.""

Perry wasn't just a small supporter, he was Al Gore's campaign chairman!

Al Gore was already a strong supporter of the Global Warming fraud at the time, as Politico reports. And Perry has even acknowledged this. He flip-flopped on his previous excuse and said simply that he disagreed with Mr. Gore:

Politico- "But in fact, global warming was already a significant theme for Gore in 1987 and 1988...

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.

“He laid out a broad list of national objectives, from combating AIDS and Alzheimer's disease to curbing the ‘greenhouse effect’ — the threat to the Earth's atmosphere from the burning of oil, gas and coal,” The Los Angeles Times reported in covering Gore’s announcement. In May 1987, according to The Washington Post, his stump speeches included a call for the nation to “confront the emerging problems of the greenhouse effect and the threat to our ozone.”

Later that summer, Gore joined Republican Sen. John Chafee in calling for urgent action on climate change and the threat of coastal flooding.

Such was his reputation for green wonkery that, in a January 1988 profile in the Christian Science Monitor, an attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund said of Gore: ''I think it would be safe to say that he goes to bed at night worrying about things like stratospheric ozone depletion and global warming.''

So was all this unknown to Perry, who at the time was a Democrat trying to put Gore in the White House?

No, Perry spokesman Mark Miner said Monday. They just disagreed.

“The governor has always been a conservative and didn't agree with Al Gore on every issue, global warming being one of them,” Miner said in an email to POLITICO."

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