Former Vice President Al Gore shared his thoughts on GOP presidential candidates Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry yesterday, while appearing as a guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation.
Al Gore on Jon Huntsman:
Well, but let me pile on, by saying words of respect about Jon Huntsman's willingness to take big risks in the Republican primary by saying that he believes that the climate scientists are telling the truth. You know, the deniers have accused them of all kinds of things. And it's interesting, you know, 97 to 98 percent of all the climate scientists in the world, who most actively publish in that field, are in agreement on this. Every national academy of science of every major country in the world is in agreement.
The national academies are calling on government leaders to urgently act. Every professional scientific society in every field related to the study of climate agrees with the consensus view. So do you believe them, or do you believe the Koch brothers and Exxon Mobil and Rush Limbaugh. It - that's an easy choice for me. For some, evidently, it's not. And eventually, reality has its day.
Al Gore on Rick Perry:
Ken Rudin, NPR: Mr. Vice President, you could make headlines right now by saying something really positive about the guy who helped - worked on your campaign in 1988, Rick Perry. What do you think of Rick Perry?
Gore: Well, as I told Stephen Colbert last night when he asked that question, it would probably hurt him in the Republican primary if I said good things...
...about him. I do remember him, and I appreciated his support back at the time, when he was a Democrat. I don't know what's happened to him since. He'll have to explain that. But I appreciated his support at the time.