Gore: Rubio was ‘pitiful’ choice to deliver State of the Union response

Al GoreAl GoreDem Murphy wins New Jersey governor's race CNN to air sexual harassment Town Hall featuring Gretchen Carlson, Anita Hill GOP gov hopeful veers to right in New Jersey MORE said Republicans made a “pitiful” decision to have Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny Cornyn: Senate GOP tax plan to be released Thursday This week: GOP seeks to advance tax overhaul MORE (R-Fla.) deliver the GOP rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union speech.

“For them to put on a response to this constitutionally mandated State of the Union address, and have it come from somebody who says that global warming isn't real, is pitiful,” said Gore, the former vice president, in an interview with SiriusXM.

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“And it is dangerous, because we need both of our major political parties to operate on the basis of fact, and not be told what is acceptable to believe by big polluters,” Gore added during the videotaped “town hall” interview that’s airing Thursday.

Rubio, a potential 2016 presidential contender, delivered the GOP response to Obama’s Feb. 12 address, a speech in which Obama vowed new executive measures on climate change if Congress doesn’t act

“When we point out that no matter how many job-killing laws we pass, our government can't control the weather, he accuses us of wanting dirty water and dirty air,” Rubio said.

Gore has been on a media blitz to promote his new book “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.”