Mitt Romney's campaign has deemed Rick Perry below Romney's "weight class" and thus undeserving of a good solid punch. "I wish Rick the best," Romney said last week, and "we'll see whose background and skill most fits the needs of the country at a critical time like this." But Romney seemed a little less cavalier Wednesday night, The New York Times' Ashley Parker reports. When a reporter asked him about being overtaken by Perry in national polls, Romney interrupted, "Depending on which poll. But Rick is a very effective candidate, yes." And maybe Romney's trying to steal a bit of that Perry stumping magic, because he's suddenly moved rightward on global warming.
"Do I think the world's getting hotter? Yeah, I don't know that but I think that it is... I don't know if it's mostly caused by humans. ... What I'm not willing to do is spend trillions of dollars on something I don't know the answer to."
"I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that. ... It's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors."