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Hot air balloon ride targets Al Gore's home

It's a hot air balloon with a message, specifically criticizing former Vice President Al Gore's own message on global warming. To get their point across, the group behind the balloon, Americans for Prosperity, has been doing hot air balloon rides throughout the country.

Tim Phillips, the group's president says, "We want to make sure that the solutions aren't really going to harm Americans more than the solutions they're putting out for the global warming issue."

In Nashville, they found a new target: the former vice president. The plan involved sending the balloon over Gore's Belle Meade home.  At the last minute, organizers scrambled to find a new launch site.

Originally, the hot air balloon was scheduled to take off from a field at Percy Warner Park. But at the last minute, the Nashville Parks & Recreation department denied the request. 

Jake Robinson came out for the balloon launch and said, "I don't think there could be an official reason that was legitimate. I think it's totally politics. "

Metro Parks & Recreation Director Roy Wilson disagrees. "I've never spoken to Mr. Gore. I didn't hear from any of his people. It's not politics at all -- we did what we thought was best for the Parks department," he said. 

In the request, the group says it will offer tethered balloon rides, not a launch and fly -- which is prohibited in Metro Parks ordinances.

Roy Wilson says, "The media advisory clearly states that they intended to launch and fly a hot air balloon and that was not indicated in their request."

But the balloon did take off, from a private supporters property. The windy day kept the balloon from getting too close to the former vice president's home.

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