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Perry Doesn't Believe in Global Warming

By Steve Peoples
|  Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011  |  Updated 10:11 AM CDT
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Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks from the Des Moines Register's Soapbox while visiting the Iowa State Fair August 15, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. This is Perry's first trip to Iowa after announcing his run for the GOP presidential nomination.

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Rick Perry says he does not believe in global warming.

The newest Republican presidential candidate also says he would not have signed the debt-ceiling compromise brokered by Republicans and Democrats.

Gov. Perry made the comments as he launched a two-day New Hampshire campaign tour. He was speaking at a packed breakfast event with business leaders Wednesday.

Perry said global warming is based on scientists manipulating data. He said he wouldn't devote federal resources to battling the environmental concern.

The Republican also said the debt-ceiling compromise, which helped avoid a national default, sent the wrong message by spending money the nation doesn't have.

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