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Huntsman: Becoming the Anti-Science Party “Not a Winning Formula”

23 Aug 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: General Political

Republican Presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman has become increasingly critical of the anti-science attitude that pervades much of the party’s primary candidates in recent weeks and warns that such a strategy is not conducive to winning a national election, Think Progress reports.

Last week, Huntsman responded to comments made by Texas Governor Rick Perry claiming that climate change data had been “manipulated,” and downplaying the legitimacy of evolution by stating via twitter:

“To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”  

In an interview with ABC’s This Week, Huntsman clarified his tweet and cautioned that the Republican party may become known as the “anti-science party.”

“The minute that the Republican Party becomes the party – the anti-science party, we have a huge problem,” Huntsman stated. “We lose a whole lot of people who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012.  When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Science – Sciences has said about what is causing climate change and man’s contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position.”

Huntsman went on to emphasize that such anti-science behavior goes against the history of the Republican Party.  “I can’t remember a time in our history where we actually were willing to shun science and become a – a party that – that was antithetical to science,” he said. “I’m not sure that’s good for our future and it’s not a winning formula.”

Despite advocating for such policies in the past, Huntsman opposes cap and trade policies as a way to address climate change, while still maintaining that human behavior's impact and its consequences are real.  

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