Mitt Romney Climate Change Brush-Off Highlighted In New Ad

11/03/2012 01:07 pm ET
  • Elise Foley Immigration And Politics Reporter, Huffington Post

Green advocacy groups on Saturday released an ad reminding voters in Ohio and Virginia that Republican nominee Mitt Romney has mocked President Barack Obama for promising in 2008 to try to slow climate change.

The ad from the ClimateSilence.org campaign, which is led by Forecast the Facts and Friends of the Earth Action, will be funded with donations from supporters, who as of early Saturday afternoon had pledged $8,720.

It shows Romney's comments at the Republican National Convention and then footage of Hurricane Sandy wreaking havoc on the East Coast, set to applause from the audience.

"President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet," Romney said at the convention, to extended laughs from the crowd. "My promise is to help you and your family."

The ad ends by asking voters to "Tell Mitt Romney: climate change isn't a joke."

Former President Bill Clinton also referenced the Romney line during a rally on Tuesday. "[Romney] said, 'Oh, you're going to turn back the seas.' In my part of America, we would like it if someone could've done that yesterday," Clinton said.

And during a Wednesday rally, a heckler interrupted the GOP nominee by shouting, "Climate change caused Sandy."

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