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Miss America: US needs seat at Paris climate pact table

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP)  An Ivy League graduate headed to law school, with eyes on becoming her state's first female governor, Miss North Dakota Cara Mund knew the importance of answering a question head-on.

So when judges at the Miss America competition asked her whether President Donald Trump was wrong to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accords that seek to rein in greenhouse gas emissions, she did not hesitate.

"It's a bad decision," she said during Sunday night's nationally televised finale. "There is evidence that climate change is existing, and we need to be at that table."

That answer helped her win the crown as Miss America 2018 at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.

Meeting with reporters afterward, Mund said she wanted first and foremost to give a real answer to the question.

"I wasn't really afraid if my opinion wasn't the opinion of my judges," she said. "Miss America needs to have an opinion and she needs to know what's happening in the current climate."

On Monday, after taking the winner's traditional morning-after dip in the Atlantic City surf, Mund reiterated that the U.S. should be part of the talks on greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming.

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