U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is the first major Republican candidate to declare his candidacy for president in 2016 – and California Gov. Jerry Brown says he’s “absolutely unfit to be running for office.”
Cruz, R-Texas, launched a 30-second spot Sunday:
And a longer one Monday:
And he formally announced his run with a speech Monday morning at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
“I believe in you,” he told the crowd at the evangelical Christian university. “I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America. And that is why today I am announcing that I am running for President of the United States.”
But on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Brown was shown a clip of Cruz claiming that science doesn’t support the predictions of climate change “alarmists.” His Jerry-ness was NOT amused.
“What he said is absolutely false. Over 90 percent of the scientists who deal with climate are absolutely convinced that the human activity, industrial activity, generation of CO2, methane, oxides and nitrogen, and all the rest of those greenhouse gases are building up in the atmosphere. They are heat trapping. And they are causing not just warm, drought in California, but severe storms and cold in the East Coast. So it’s climate disruption of many different kinds. And that man betokens such a level of ignorance and a direct falsification of existing scientific data. It’s shocking and I think that man has rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office.”
Cruz later told Breitbart News Sunday that if Brown wanted to hurt him politically, Brown would appear on television and praise him; Cruz insisted data doesn’t support climate change.