Obama Blasts Climate Denier Whose 'State Is on Fire'

Takes not-so-subtle dig at Rick Perry
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 26, 2011 11:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama didn’t hold back when discussing the GOP presidential field at a Democratic fundraiser last night. “You've got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change,” Obama said, not mentioning Rick Perry by name, notes USA Today. As for the debates, “you've got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don't have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they're gay,” the president said. “That’s not reflective of who we are.”

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Perry’s campaign wasted no time firing back. “It's outrageous President Obama would use the burning of 1,500 homes, the worst fires in state history, as a political attack,” a rep told Politico. Obama also took a shot at the media, telling his supporters that they need to "push back" on the "inadequate information" that people are receiving, specifically from Fox News and the Wall Street Journal editorial page. But he didn't stop there, noting that "in some cases I may need you to have some arguments with our progressive friends." (Read more President Obama stories.)

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