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Rick Perry Campaign: Obama Criticism On Climate Change 'Outrageous'

First Posted: 09/26/2011 12:15 pm Updated: 11/26/2011 4:12 am

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's campaign is firing back at a criticism President Barack Obama directed at the Texas governor over the weekend on the issue of climate change.

"I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately?" the president said while speaking at a Silicon Valley fundraiser on Sunday. "You've got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change."

Politico reports that Ray Sullivan, a spokesman for Perry, said, "It's outrageous President Obama would use the burning of 1,500 homes, the worst fires in state history, as a political attack." He added, "This from a president whose nation is financially suffering and his solution is taking more money away from families by raising taxes on families and small businesses."

During a stop in New Hampshire last month, Perry signaled he doesn't believe in manmade global warming. He characterized the environmental phenomenon as an unproven scientific theory.

"I think we're seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists that are coming forward and questioning the original idea that manmade global warming is what is causing the climate to change," said the presidential contender at the time.

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