Clinton blames Republicans for severe storms

As Tropical Storm Alberto threatened to strengthen into the ninth hurricane in 22 months to affect Florida, former President Clinton predicted Monday that Republican environmental policies will lead to more severe storms.

“It is now generally recognized that while Al Gore and I were ridiculed, we were right about global warming,” Clinton said at a fundraiser for the Florida Democratic Party. “It’s a serious problem. It’s going to lead to more hurricanes.”

Gore’s documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” chronicles the former vice president’s efforts to educate the public about global warming. It’s in limited release around the country.

In his critique of the GOP, Clinton also touched on the war in Iraq, the rising federal deficit and high health care costs. The crowd of about 500 greeted him with loud applause and shouts of “We love you, Bill!” and “Four more years!”

Jeff Sadosky, spokesman for the state Republican Party, decried Clinton’s rhetoric. “Bill Clinton’s class warfare and race-baiting message gets us no closer to solutions for the issues he brings up,” he said.

Sadosky referred in part to Clinton’s comments earlier this month in Arizona. At that event, Clinton characterized Republican Party leaders as right-wing, white Southerners.

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