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Jeb: Yes on killing gators, no on VP



DALLAS (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he is "light green" on the environment and is skeptical that humans are causing global warming. Bush, whose two terms ended in 2007, also said Wednesday he "can’t imagine" running for national office and isn’t interested in being Sen. John McCain’s running mate.


The younger brother of President George W. Bush made the comments during an address to several hundred business people meeting in a hotel ballroom. Earlier in the day, Bush met with other directors of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp., the hospital chain whose board he joined last year....

...Bush told the Texas audience how he repeatedly vetoed spending state money to market alligator meat. "Alligators proliferate in Florida. They eat small dogs," Bush said. "We don’t need to market them, we need to kill them." After a slight pause, he added, "Is this open to the press?"...

...As governor, Bush, a Republican, was largely silent on global warming. His successor, Charlie Crist — who is often mentioned as a possible GOP running mate for McCain — has said Florida should become a leader in addressing climate change because its low elevation makes it vulnerable if ocean levels rise.

Bush said those who advocate action to limit climate change are acting out of something like religious zeal.

"I don’t think our policies should be based on emotion; they should be based on sound science," he said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:53am]


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