December 17th, 2009
09:33 AM ET
8 years ago

Perry says Gore 'gone to hell'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="It appears Rick Perry is no longer friends with Al Gore."](CNN) -Gov. Rick Perry was once a close ally of Democrat Al Gore, but the Texas Republican made clear Wednesday he and the former vice president no longer see eye-to-eye.

"I certainly got religion," Perry told the Dallas Morning News. "I think he's gone to hell."

Perry, once a Democrat, ran the Texas chapter of Gore's unsuccessful presidential bid in 1988. Then a member of the Texas Legislature, Perry announced a year later he was switching to the Republican Party.

Perry, a two-term governor who's up for re-election next year, is currently engaged a heated Republican primary battle with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

With the Copenhagen climate change conference underway, it's the season of Gore bashing for some Republicans. The former vice president also took heat last week from Sarah Palin, who declared Gore was pushing "doomsday scenarios."

Filed under: Al Gore • Rick Perry
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Carlos

    It's going to be standing room only for politicians there from all sides.

    December 17, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Republicans are showing themselves to be true COWARDS. Since Sarah is supposed to be some big climate buff, why won't she debate Al Gore on the issue of climate change? I know how to seperate fact from fiction. If you think 2012 the movie can not happen, you are sadly mistaken. A iceberg the size of Manhattan island is off the coast of Australia and you're trying to tell me that global warming doesn't exist.

    December 17, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Silence Dogoode

    Well Gore is a liar. Gore profits nicely off of his lies about global warming. Carter is a liar. he profited nicely from his lies of global cooling....if Gore were anti-Semetic, they would be identical twins....

    December 17, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. Nathan,

    This loser sold his soul to the devil to become governor of Texas and he has the nerve to say that Gore has gone to hell. The hipocrisy of these Republicans knows no end. He knew he would bnever become governor of Texas as a Democrat. Thats why he switched parties. Let him lose the primary to Hutchinson and you'll see this moron try to switch back to the Democrats.

    December 17, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    What makes YOU think your religion will get YOU to HEAVEN???? You REPUKES are one thing on the outside but rotten on the inside!! YOU, along with your other party members, think you are HOLIER than THOU!!!

    I was once proud of America on November 4, 2008. But NOW, I truly believe it's going to POT with the REPUBLICAN'Ts leading the way!! I am learning just how Mean-Spirited and Self-Centered people on the far right are and it' makes me nauseous!!!

    Perry is a LOSER and that will be exposed in 2012!!

    December 17, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. sensible Cape Coral FL

    I understand that Rick Perry wanats Texas to become an independent country. Please send me an address so that I can send a donation to the cause.

    December 17, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Curt F.

    If Perry has "got Religion" he would not have said that Gore or anyone has "gone to Hell". Texas Republicans need to watch out. They have 2 incompetent runners in Perry & Hutchison. Both are ignorant fools that will ruin Texas. One would think that the Texas Republican Party could come up with some better candidates.

    December 17, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Dennis

    Al Gore is one of the biggest hypocrites on the face of the planet. His carbon footprint is significantly larger than the average American. If he wants to help the environment he should stay home in his huge house in Nashville and keep his mouth shut.

    December 17, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. John, Chicago

    Rick Perry has got religion too bad he aint got a brain just like the rest of those conservative narrow minded idiots. And tis the season when
    we brainwash our children into believing the nonsense that is religion.

    Please keep your bible to yourself if you believe in fiction that is your right but don't beat down scentific facts in the name of God.

    Get a clue people and start thinking for yourselves there is no savior.
    Just us and a heap of problems that we have to solve ourselves
    That's right praying will do you no good.

    December 17, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. JB

    I wonder if conservatives would have a different outlook on global warming if Al Gore weren't the face of the movement. These people just hate him with a fervor I don't understand and will oppose anything he stands for, for what seems like a grudge more than a rational belief. I think if Al Gore said the sky was blue, there would be tea parties organized to declare it was green.

    December 17, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. Bill

    "Religious" people love to be gratuitously nasty.

    But I don't think Rick Perry cares much about religion, policy, or party labels. He cares about maintaining his office.

    December 17, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Jim

    Coming from the Gov of Texas, who wanted to sucede from the US, and the state that has the worst pollution of any state.

    December 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |

    So because he found religion that means he's capable of saying who goes to hell. I recall one of the 10 commandments is not to bear false witness. It seems to me that there is a controversy in Texas where many people, including people in law enforcement believe an innocent man was executed recently in Texas. And apparently Gov. Perry nixed a commission that was about to find out that an innocent man was executed. And he says Gore's going to hell? Once you become a Repub, you must embrace hypocrisy, it's a requirement

    December 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Rumself

    You just keep that up Texas. Wow.

    December 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Lori in St Pete

    You should know gov. goodhair – ya hang out there yourself.

    December 17, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. Terry

    Gov. Perry has the intellect of a toad suffering from alcohol toxemia.

    December 17, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Amazing

    Al Gore is starting to show his true colors. He refuses to discuss any opposing points of view or his blatant "errors" in his movie that we should all wonder about the global warming hype he is pushing so hard. He has alot of personal money invested in the success of getting this crammed through...............follow the money, NOT the hypocrite flying around on his private jet.

    December 17, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. jane

    If only Democrats were as ruthless - and as successful - as Republicans when it comes to swaying public opinion! The only thing Republicans see when they look at tackling the climate issue is a possibility of having less money for themselves, and God forbid. I

    December 17, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. Patsy, Texas

    A pea has better judgement than Governor Perry. He turned down
    unemployment stimulus money, then asked the US Government
    for a loan to cover same. We have one of the highest rates of
    uninsured children in the country. Highest, on average, of property
    taxes, and don't even look at our education rankings. So if anybody
    "went to hell", it just might be what he has, or has not done, for
    Texas. Thank you.

    December 17, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. Obama-Mama

    Another flip flop Take some of that makeup off. Look like a stiff

    December 17, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Jim

    I hope there is a hell, and that Gov. Rick Perry spends eternity there.

    December 17, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. Raybee

    I don't think Gore will be hurt by comments from those two REPUBLICAN idiots.

    December 17, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Jim

    This is right up there with the Church telling Galileo the sun orbits the earth.

    I'll go with observed data rather than the religious slander.

    December 17, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Gordon Shumway

    Perry should know, he tried to give away Texas to line his pockets with French road and rail money. He didn't even seem to mind the heat, just the exposure for what he is.

    December 17, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    Al Gore, Rick Perry, Sarah Palin . . . Can continue their silly debates on global warming, climate chance, and who is causing what, god or man, until they are each blue in the face.

    Up here in Minneapolis, our city ranks 15th in poorest air/water pollution. I can't even begin to imagine what is like in the southern most cities.

    I'm not sure about most of you, but I certainly don't enjoy breathing toxic air, drinking toxic water, or eating toxic food. If fact, I would prefer not to have to do so at all. I'm absolutely certain these toxins are NOT caused naturally.

    Not on your life.

    December 17, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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