A spokesman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry responded to President Obama’s critique of Perry last night with disbelief after the president used the state’s wildfire disaster to launch political attack.
“It’s outrageous President Obama would use the burning of 1,500 homes, the worst fires in state history, as a political attack,” Perry spokesman Mark Miner told ABC News.
At a fundraiser in Woodside, Calif., Sunday night, Obama laid into the GOP field, specifically criticizing the Texas governor.
“Some of you here may be folks who actually used to be Republicans but are puzzled by what’s happened to that party, are puzzled by what’s happening to that party. I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately? You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change,” Obama said.
Wildfires swept across Texas in early September, and Perry even took time off the presidential campaign trail, skipping a South Carolina forum and canceling events in California to attend to the wildfire response in his home state.
But Perry has not been shy to express his skepticism regarding global warming, telling an audience in August that the issue has been “politicized.”
“I do believe that the issue of global warming has been politicized. I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling in to their — to their projects, ” Perry said in the opening week of his campaign. ”And I think we’re seeing 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. Yes, our climate’s changed, they’ve been changing ever since the Earth was formed.”