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. Jim

    he may have gotten religion, but it seem he's lost his mind as well. i'm no great fan of al gore, but i do believe that humans have greatly induced the current climate change. if mr perry can't see that, then he's not very bright.

    December 17, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. La Chatte

    I'm pretty sure Al Gore will be glad to get rid of him!

    December 17, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. sanity check

    Perry's the one who's gone to hell. That's the place where you believe in a fake messiah and quote from a bible while killing anyone that stands in the way of your greed. Gore's in heaven, trying to lengthen the lives of humans by extending the life-giving elements of our planet.

    December 17, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. benvictor

    Gotta love Going Rogue. Got the liberals keeping our Sarah front and center and continually rising in the polls while their guy is in free fall.
    Then again, Sarah is about common sense, patriotism, humility, and God fearing.

    December 17, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Larry

    Governor Perry is an embarrassment to Texas and to the country. Whether his piety and ignorance are sincere or poliical, they still make him seem like a self-righteous ignoramus. A slam from him is a high compliment. Gore is fortunate to have such a detractor.

    December 17, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. a health economist

    So Gore is pushing "doomsday scenarios"? What do you call Palin's cries of government "death panels", the GOPs warnings of a government take-over of health care, and the cries that Obama is taking us down the path of Socialism?

    And I also like how the GOP attacks Gore as being an opportunist and cashing in on his "global warming scam". As an economist I would say that looks like the free market at work, but what do I know?

    December 17, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Daphne

    Gov Perry certainly got religion? So much so that he can condemn another to hell? Didn't think humans could do that.

    December 17, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. David in San Diego

    Come on, Perry. Just execute a few more innocent Texans and you'll feel better.

    December 17, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Marie MD

    Wow! Now the repugs are going outside the party to slam people. Didbn't this idiot want to secede from the Union? Maybe he and the quitter can start their own government in some deserted island near Russia on the Bering Sea NEVER to be heard from again.
    I think she can still pop a few more babies for him to start a commune for the dumb and stupid!

    December 17, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Ben Carlisle

    It's just too sad that Gore claiming to be a Baptist who knows that God is in control of this world, has in the name of politics decided that man can fix the earth. Gore should know all too well that man cannot change the climate or the effects of climate - that is messing in God's business and there's nothing man can do except make things worse.

    December 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Paul B

    I'd say it's Perry - and his entire party - that have gone to hell. Now they're trying to drag all of America with them.

    December 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Duck Fallas

    What a Cheney. I guess Jesus told him to turn on his friends.

    December 17, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Felonious Monk

    this is remarkable. "I got religion...he's gone to hell" why are we electing people like this. what a snake in the grass. holier than thou.
    If anyone is for business and against the common man it is the republican gov from texas.

    December 17, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. Jeff

    So much for lasting friendships. Perry is in a bit of a dogfight with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Republican primary for TX Governor (his re-election bid). They're both working hard to consolidate the right. This is typical of the kind of quackery he's been capable of, particularly now that the hard right appears so key to his survival. Expect more backstabbing extremism and the like. Should be entertaining.

    December 17, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. rick

    as much as i feel palin a dweeb, she is right about al gore. he sold his sole for this cause, which makes rick perry right, gore is going to hell.

    December 17, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. Enough

    I'm surprised it took this long for someone to call out the phony hypocrite Gore. Gore doesn't care about the environment, he cares about his wallet and padding it further from the passage of global warming bills. He refuses to debate anyone on his 9 major errors that are in his inconvenient movie. Why are all you fools so quick to believe him and his paid off scientists who will tell you what he wants them to?

    December 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. C Spurgeon

    Another Idiot!!

    December 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Paul

    Rick Perry – you and Bush have taken the state of Texas to he!! Bill White for governor 2010!!!!!

    December 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Red by Choice

    "We have nothing to fear but Gore himself"

    We have seen scattered back-page stories about those in the scientific community saying that global warming is a sham. Now we have the emails showing, in no uncertain terms, researchers faking the data. When will someone in this administration finally stand up and question the direction we are heading in?

    Yes, carbon levels in the atmosphere are elevated but there has been no cause-effect relationship established to man-made global warming or that temperature variations are nothing more than what the earth has done for millions and millions of years.

    Stop junk science, stop Al Gore. Peace, love and solar energy.

    December 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Keith in Austin

    We Texans love Rick Perry. He has balanced the State budget while L0WERING taxes on small businesses. He is a Christian, fiscal conservative and speaks his mind. A man with guts and the antithesis of Al Gore and other liberal progressive Democrats leading our Country to financial and spiritual ruin!

    I wish he'd run for president in 2012!

    December 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. Victor

    Finally a man that speaks truth to the American people! Perry is a saint! When can we finally get rid of all these liberal 'geniuses'?

    December 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Ray R

    Gore is nothing but a liar about climate change. The liberal media slammed Palin about 'death panels' yet ignore Gore about his doomsday scenarios which have no chance in hell of coming true. That's why he belongs in hell.

    December 17, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Robert

    "I certainly got religion,"

    You certainly did. You also got a healthy dose of stupid and crazy which always accompanies 'getting religion.'

    Worse, you have used it for political gain. The political winds of Texas shifter to the right, and you jumped on it for your own gain.

    Perry is a shameful walking example of what is wrong with this country..

    December 17, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. Andi

    He 'certainly got religion', but not the ability to doom others to Hell, unless he was recently promoted to God.

    December 17, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Paul/ElPaso

    Rick Perry sure knows how to ride the fence.....he'll say and do anything to attract a vote.

    December 17, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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