Obama Slams Rick Perry For ‘Denying Climate Change’ While His State Is On Fire

President Obama spoke at a fundraiser in Silicon Valley on Sunday night, calling out Rick Perry for his skeptical stance on climate change and criticizing the behavior of audiences at the Republican presidential debates as not being representative of America as a whole.

“Some of you here may be folks who actually used to be Republicans but are puzzled by what’s happened to that party. Has anybody been watching the debates lately? You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change. It’s true,” Obama zinged.

“You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have healthcare and booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay. That’s not reflective of who we are,” Obama added. “This is a choice about the fundamental direction of our country. 2008 was an important direction. 2012 is a more important election.”

Perry said in his book Fed Up! that, “I think we’re seeing it almost weekly or even daily, scientists who are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change.” Politifact has rated that statement False.

A Perry spokesman fired back at Obama over his attack on the Texas Governor, telling Politico.”It’s outrageous President Obama would use the burning of 1,500 homes, the worst fires in state history, as a political attack.”

(h/t Politico)

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