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What About Al?

11:06 AM, Apr 6, 2007 • By INFLUENCE PEDDLER
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I'll be watching the debate between Newt Gingrich and John Kerry over global climate change. But I have to wonder, why didn't Al Gore take this one? I mean, Lurch is exciting and stimulating, but once Al Gore cleaned the floor with Gingrich--explained the 'consensus' and all--any 'debate would be over, right? So why are they sending the JV?

Former House Speaker and possible presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and 2004 Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) are set to square off on climate change next week, their staffs announced Thursday.

The debate, hosted by New York University's John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress, will take place next Tuesday, April 10, at 10 a.m. in the Russell Senate Office Building.

Kerry, who bowed out of the 2008 presidential race earlier this year, has been dubbed an "environmental champion" by the non-partisan League of Conservation Voters. His website touts a long record of fighting for the environment. He and his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry also recently wrote This Moment on Earth, which addresses climate change and preserving the environment.

"Newt's a guy who has spent a lot of time wrestling with climate change and the environment. He reads about it, he teaches about it, he writes about it," Kerry said Thursday. "We don't see eye to eye about everything, obviously, but that's what makes for a good debate."