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This morning Senator John McCain spoke at former President Bill Clinton’s global initiative meeting. When he introduced the Senator, the former President threw lavish praise on the Senator, calling him a hard worker on global warming issues:

Clinton pressed that McCain’s work on global warming was not to score political points, “The point I want to make is there were any votes on this in Arizona. He just wanted to know and they dragged along some very skeptical Republican senators who now are prepared to vote for some kind of bipartisan legislation which will put America in a position to be a part of what is coming up by 2010 which is figuring out where we go next in the struggle against climate change. That’s what we want from everybody.

MAN ! When you put that on top of last night’s statement saying that McCain’s campaign suspension had nothing to do with politics, Senator Obama must be throwing a canary right now. The full story follows:


President Clinton Has High Praise for the GOP Nominee

NEW YORK—Former President Bill Clinton opened up his Global Initiative’s annual meeting today and introduced John McCain who delivered the opening remarks. Clinton had high praise for the GOP nominee pointing out that his wife and McCain took a congressional delegation on a climate change fact-finding mission to Alaska and the Arctic Circle. Clinton referred to McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin when he mentioned Alaska, but not by name: “I want to say one thing in particular about John McCain in bringing him out here. When most people in his party were thinking that global warming was overstated and maybe even admit designed to let people like me who love solar and wind get into it. He decided to look into it and everyone of us by the way with every thorny problem we face need to be in the looking into it business and he and the Junior Senator from New York, with whom I have a passing acquaintance took 2 astonishing trips. One to your state to the point barrel of Alaska, the northern most community in the United States,” Clinton said referring to Palin, “where the Eskimos told them they thought their way of life was coming to an end because of changes in the climate and one to the northern most settlement on Planer Earth. It’s on an island 600 miles north of Norway above the Arctic Circle where they study the changes in the planet where there were signs on their cabin don’t go out at night without a gun or a light or the polar bears will eat you.” Clinton pressed that McCain’s work on global warming was not to score political points, “The point I want to make is there were any votes on this in Arizona. He just wanted to know and they dragged along some very skeptical Republican senators who now are prepared to vote for some kind of bipartisan legislation which will put America in a position to be a part of what is coming up by 2010 which is figuring out where we go next in the struggle against climate change. That’s what we want from everybody. We want some of us to be on the left, some of us to be on the right but all of us to want to know,” Clinton said. “John McCain wants to know and I am profoundly grateful to him coming here today.” The former President also thanked both Palin and Cindy McCain for attending CGI and praised Cindy for her humanitarian work in Rwanda. John McCain took the podium next and the two got a laugh when Clinton accidentally took McCain’s speech when he picked up his own. McCain quipped, “What kind of a host is that?” to laughs from the crowd. McCain returned the former President’s praise and commended Clinton, “This man’s drive, and determination, and compassion for those in need are still a force for good in the world, and I am proud to call him a friend.” Barack Obama also addressed the Clinton Global Initiative today via satellite from Clearwater, Florida.

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