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DEBATE NIGHT: Are Candidates Competing Over Being the Most Anti-Science?

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or

September 12, 2011  

WASHINGTON – In advance of tonight’s CNN/Tea Party Express presidential debate, LCV Senior Vice President of Campaigns Navin Nayak released the following statement questioning just how the candidates will talk about science during the primetime discussion:

"Last week, Rick Perry's anti-science position on climate change led pundits to describe him as 'unsteady,' 'badly fumbling' and 'dangerously in over his head.' Jon Huntsman, on the other hand, embraced the scientific consensus on climate change. With Mitt Romney now slipping in the polls, the question for tonight's debate is whether he will make a play for the extreme, anti-science wing of the Republican Party, or will he acknowledge that 97% of scientists, two-thirds of Americans and the Pentagon agree that climate change is real, serious and requires a solution.

Romney’s stance on climate change has been so unpredictable that it would seem his responses are decided by the flip of a coin. We’re thrilled that Monday night football is back but think the coin tossing tonight should be left to the professional athletes rather than the presidential candidates."

Romney on the Record:

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Romney's comments suggest shifting stance on climate change science

Mitt Romney Backs Away From Climate Change

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