Perry's global warming position hurts GOP, Huntsman says
August 20th, 2011
05:28 PM ET
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Perry's global warming position hurts GOP, Huntsman says

Rock Hill, South Carolina (CNN) –Presidential candidate Rick Perry stood by his belief Saturday that manmade global warming is an unproven scientific theory while another White House contender is warning that the mindset puts the Republican Party in a "losing position" in 2012.

Former Utah governor and U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, who is trailing top tier candidates in most national polls, openly criticized Perry's position on Twitter this week. He stressed the potential impact on the party in a taped interview that airs Sunday.

"The minute that the Republican Party becomes the party–the anti-science party–we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012," Huntsman said on ABC's "This Week."

Perry defended his position Saturday as he was wrapping up a two-day bus tour in South Carolina.

"I just happen to believe that the earth's temperature has been moving up and down for millenniums now, and there are enough scientists that happen to be skeptical about the reasons for it and I happen to be one of those that are skeptical," the Texas governor told reporters. "For us to spend billions of dollars on a theory that is not proven and that you have skeptical science against that is not in America's best interest."

In the interview, Huntsman said taking a position like Perry's "that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Sciences has said about what is causing climate change and man's contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science and, therefore, in a losing position."

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney waded into the debate in June, saying he believes global warming is occurring and humans are contributing to it.

The debate raises Huntsman's profile in a crowded presidential field and allows him to highlight what some might call his appeal to moderates and independents that Republicans need in order to win against President Barack Obama in the general election.

Huntsman was also quick to jump on reports that Perry told a New Hampshire woman that evolution is a theory that's "got some gaps in it."

"To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming."

"Call me crazy," Huntsman tweeted Thursday.

Filed under: 2012 • Global Warming • Jon Huntsman • Rick Perry
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. ngc1300

    I think Perry is just a theory that has gaps (between his ears) in it.

    August 20, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. Drogo, who bit the dust

    Be careful Huntsman you're sounding reasonable making you totally unacceptable to the lunatics in the Republican party.

    August 20, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. maf

    Ya think!! Perry is the best thing to hit this election trail since Sarah was in 2008!! A walking GObP contradiction!
    Pretty soon they will all turn on each other and the field will be decimated before they even pick a nominee!
    Looks good on the Party of NO, soon it will be the Party of NOBODY!! Painting themselves into a corner of running on a single platform – CUT SPENDING and let the chips fall where they may! Get your resumes ready Republicans, you are going to need them!

    August 20, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  4. Kevin

    If the GOP had any sense, it would be Huntsman and Paul vying for the nod.

    August 20, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  5. Ma Deuce

    "I just happen to believe that the earth's temperature has been moving up and down for millenniums now"

    Millenniums? LOL

    August 20, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. isolate

    Huntsman is taking a gamble in presenting a side of the Republican party Americans aren't used to seeing these days: sensible, non-ideological, rational, scientifically knowledgeable and free from the Bible-dominated set.

    The direction of the GOP lately has been to prostitute their intelligence to vacuum up the votes of the least common denominator in the American electorate. It's refreshing to see a Republican candidate who recognizes that there are voters on the right-hand side of the IQ bell curve. Depending on his plans to overturn Bush's tax cuts, debts and irrational politics, he might be a Republican I could actually vote for for the first time in my life. He even speaks Mandarin so he can talk directly with our benefactors in Beijing.

    But how would he govern when faced with the Mad Hatters of the Tea Party and knee-jerk Conservatives in Congress? Chances are he'd be as paralyzed as Obama has been by the Party of NO.

    August 20, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  7. Dan

    Of course he willdeny it could be attribted to mankind. That way he can later claim (like the rest of the fools and idiots) that "God" is causing it because man is baaaaaaad!!

    August 20, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. Dan

    Of course he will deny it could be attribted to mankind.
    That way he can later claim (like the rest of the fools and idiots) that "God" is causing it because man is baaaaaaad

    August 20, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. ruemorgue

    Did Perry really say evolutuion is only a *theory*? If so, then Perry is truly an ignorant fool. He has *no* comprehension or willingess to comprehend the difference between the colloquial *misuse* of the word theory and the *correct* scientific use of the word theory, as is theorem, NOT guess or hypothesis or assertion. Perry is just another religious fundamentalist idiot.

    August 20, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  10. ruemorgue

    Perry is a very intelligent politician. I believe what he says and not some silly theory.

    August 20, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. Jess C.

    Maybe Huntsman is getting sick of the total ignorance and blind stupidity?

    August 20, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. Bill Mitchell

    Lol, Huntsman who? AGW is a religion based upon models while ignoring the actual data. The large majority of Americans think it is BS. Anyone who runs in favor of it is automatically disqualified for their utter cluelessness.

    August 20, 2011 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  13. Bebe

    Rick Perry is the poster child for advocacy of educational investment. If it were not for NASA sending astronauts beyond the earth's atmosphere, he would still think that the world is flat.

    August 20, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  14. pn

    Huntsman is way too reasonable for the GOP nomination.

    August 20, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. DaMav

    Huntsman is a moron if he thinks that rejecting skepticism and taking polls of invested scientists is the way to follow the scientific method. This is like the church "refuting" Gallileo by polling its own experts.

    It's disappointing to see Huntsman fall for this kind of flim flam but he's just proving himself to be gullible.

    August 20, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. Clwyd

    So does Perry's 7 other Constitutional changes he wants to make to the US Constitution. I swear all these right wing conservative republicans are actually crazy or mentally ill!

    August 20, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  17. Tom

    I think Huntsman is the only person in that group I would vote for, as an independent.

    August 20, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  18. sick of republican phonies

    You might be wrong, Huntsman. The American people have shown that they're quite willing to elect an idiot- George Bush won twice. If the polls show that the American people would most like to have a beer with Perry then he's gonna win. doesn't matter how clueless, close-minded, simplistic,unintelligent, arrogant, or ignorant he is.

    August 20, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  19. Jeff

    Don't fall for it. Huntsman hangs with these backwoods lunatics here in SC, then says that he says he believes in global warming. You'll see him try to block every initiative to stop global warming if he gets to the White House, claiming that anything that might cost a millionaire or corporation a buck is ineffective. These GOPers and teabaggers are some insane people, but smart enough to lie to get what they want.

    August 20, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. Jt_flyer

    Perry is a complete idiot. A true embarrassment to our country and especially Texas. This crusader will create a second Dark Ages when science was lost for 600 years. A month or so ago French scientists grew and transplanted  a human trachea created with human stem cells saving a man's life. Soon human hearts, lungs, livers and kidneys all with stem cells. The US led this science.  Then Bush, the idiot, was told that God hated stem cell research.  He eliminated all government investment into stem cells.  The French built on our science.  Another lost opportunity.   Now you Texas cowboys could care less about any of this right now. If you can't blow it up, you can't understand it.   But if your vengeful God decides you haven't been a good enough Christian, and he waves his magic wand and eats your lungs with cancer You may think differently.   Oh and a trachea is a wind pipe.

    August 20, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  21. Henry Miller

    The whole global-warming fraud is what's "anti-science."

    The so-called "experts" in the field–as shown by the East Anglia mess–pervert science by looking for proof of their preconceptions–and ignoring and suppressing facts that don't support those preconceptions–rather than honestly trying to devise theories that account for all the data. This isn't science, this is religion, and Rick Perry is right to dismiss it.

    August 20, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    Huntsman, in his efforts to appear sane (the bar is pretty low for the GOP field), is sucking up to Karl Rove and Grover Norquist, the Koch brothers' and De Voss family proxies, who will be the ones to choose the GOP presidential and VP candidates.

    August 20, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  23. Henry Miller

    "...that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Sciences has said about what is causing climate change..."

    That's like saying that since 98 of 100 Catholic priests and the Pope endorse Catholicism, Catholicism must therefore be accepted as the only valid religion.

    "Global warming" or "climate change" or whatever is a religion, not a science, and honest dissenting scientists are treated like heretics.

    August 20, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That is good that a Republican actually believes in the scientific process. The problem with Perry is that he is too much in bed with businesses that would be hurt by global climate change. The majority of "scientists" who deny climate change are often being paid by oil or coal companies. The is that science is peer reviewed and based on reviewable data. Apparently Perry doesn't understand this.

    August 20, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  25. TheMostWise

    Perry's global warming, economics, religious nonsense, bigotry,excessive ignorance regarding every conceivable idea he owns....hurts the GOP.

    August 20, 2011 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
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