In an interview on NBC's Meet the Press, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) told host Chuck Todd that Republican presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is "absolutely unfit to be running for office" because of his position on global climate change. Cruz, who is expected to officially announce his candidacy on March 23,
Cruz appeared on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and told comedian Meyers "Satellite data demonstrate for the last 17 years there’s been zero warming – none whatsoever,” Cruz said. “It’s why, remember how it used to be called global warming? And then magically the theory changed to climate change? The reason is, it wasn’t warming, but the computer models still say it is, except the satellites show it’s not.”
Governor Brown, a longtime advocate of environmentalist causes who opponents have sometimes derided as 'Moon Unit,' vehemently disagreed on March 22. "That man betokens such a level of ignorance and a direct falsification of the existing scientific data. It's shocking and I think that man has rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office." California is currently dealing with an historic drought that Brown seeks to alleviate with a $1 billion aid package to help affected residents of the debt-ridden cash-strapped Golden State. Brown claimed that California's severe drought can be attributed to carbon emissions from burning coal and other sources. "This is a serious matter we're experiencing in California, as kind of a foretaste. But there is no doubt that into the future, we're going to have more problems," he said.