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Gingrich backs away from 2008 ad urging action on climate change

26 Jul 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: Climate Change

Presidential primary hopeful Newt Gingrich has backed away from a 2008 ad in which he alongside political rival Former Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Americans to take action to address climate change, saying that he regretted the ad, The Hill’s Michael O’Brien reports.

On Tuesday Gingrich told WGIR radio that he regretted the ad, saying that voters were given the wrong impression and backing away from his call to action. "I was trying to make a point that we shouldn't be afraid to debate the left, even on the environment," Gingrich said. "Obviously it was misconstrued, and it's probably one of those things I wouldn't do again."

Yet in 2007 Gingrich was much more willing to acknowledge the existence of climate change and stated that, “The evidence is sufficient that we should move towards the most effective possible steps to reduce carbon loading in the atmosphere.”

View Gingrich’s “misconstrued” ad with Nancy Pelosi below.

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