Jon Huntsman’s Coded Swipe at Rick Perry on Climate Change, Science

Aug 18, 2011 4:18pm

ABC News' Sarah Kunin (@sarah_kunin) reports:

From the moment Rick Perry declared he would run for president, Jon Huntsman has doled out nothing but love for his fellow candidate, calling him "a good friend and a good man."

But that changed today when Huntsman took to Twitter, subtly calling out Perry’s views on global warming. Huntsman tweeted: “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”

The tweet comes on the heels of a comment made by Huntsman’s chief strategist, John Weaver, to the Washington Post about views Perry made clear in his book, Fed Up!.

"We’re not going to win a national election if we become the anti-science party,” Weaver said. “The American people are looking for someone who lives in reality and is a truth teller because that’s the only way that the significant problems this country faces can be solved. It appears that the only science that Mitt Romney believes in is the science of polling, and that science clearly was not a mandatory course for Governor Perry.”

In his book, Perry references “doctored data” in studies on climate change, writing: “They know that we have been experiencing a cooling trend, that the complexities of the global atmosphere have often eluded the most sophisticated scientists, and that draconian policies with dire economic effects based on so-called science may not stand the test of time. Quite frankly, when science gets hijacked by the political Left, we should all be concerned.”

Perry made similar statements on the campaign trail in New Hampshire on Wednesday, when he said man-made climate change is "still a scientific theory."

On Thursday, Perry was asked in New Hampshire about his thoughts on evolution, by a boy and his mother.

"Here your mom was asking about evolution, and you know it's a theory that's out there, and it's got some gas in it. In Texas we teach both creationsim and evolution in our public schools," Perry said. "Because I figure you're smart enough to figure out which one is right."

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