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MIAMI -- "We have to say hasta la vista baby to the greenhouse gases," said California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, praising Gov. Charlie Crist at a luncheon Friday for his leadership on combatting global warming.

Climate summit conventioneers applauded enthusiastically when Schwarzenegger said, "Another Republican Governor is defying conventional wisdom."

The GOP is thrilled to have an un-Bush issue to market to moderates. "We're not looking at Washington for leadership any more," the Governator said.

"We've proven that a Republican can, in fact, protect the environment," Schwarzenegger said.

-By Asjylyn Loder and Craig Pittman

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:40pm]


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