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Giuliani congratulates Gore in visit to state

MOBILE (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said Friday he congratulates former Vice President Al Gore for being awarded a share of the Nobel Peace Prize for his message about global warming.

"Anytime an American wins it's a good thing for our country and a good thing for him. I also congratulate him on focusing on the issue of global warming," Giuliani said at a news conference in Mobile before an evening fundraiser.

But Giuliani said he believes Gore, a Democrat who came close to winning the presidency in 2000, presents global warming as "much more of an immediate emergency than is the right way to do it."

"I think we should look at this as a long-term issue that we should work on in a measured, calm way with real determination to create energy independence," Giuliani said. "If we try to deal with it at too hysterical a pace, we could create problems."

He said global warming should be "linked with energy independence and national security."

About three dozen supporters greeted Giuliani on a sun-baked outdoor deck at a seafood restaurant before he headed to a private fundraiser with about 100 contributors at the Mobile home of Celia Wallace.

It was Giuliani's fourth campaign visit to Alabama.

which will hold its primary on Feb. 5.

At the news conference, Giuliani repeated his warning that taxes would increase if Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected president.

"The tax increase she has planned for you is in the trillions of dollars," Giuliani claimed.

Earlier Friday, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson endorsed Giuliani, his one-time GOP presidential rival, saying the former New York mayor is a winner who can beat Clinton.

"I'm very, very proud of that," Giuliani said.

Asked about Republican rival Mitt Romney's new TV ad in Iowa casting Romney as tough on terrorism, a key theme in Giuliani's campaign, Giuliani said, "Everybody is going to say — they should — how they would fight terrorism."

Giuliani, who was New York mayor during the 9/11 attacks, said, "I happen to think I've had the most experience in this area."

Giuliani said he has the most preparation for dealing with terrorism. Others will say they are, he said, but the "American people will have to judge."

Giuliani arrived in Mobile after a campaign stop in South Carolina.

Leaving the restaurant parking lot, Giuliani posed for photos with Spanish Fort firefighters and police.

One of them, Police Sgt. Paul Wilson, said his mother was a New York City police officer for 27 years beginning in 1961.

"I know him, but I never met him. It's funny to meet him in Alabama," Wilson said.

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