Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is expected to declare his intention to run for president on Monday, is "absolutely unfit" to run for office because of his views on climate change, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said Sunday.
Brown was asked on NBC's "Meet The Press" about Cruz's comments on "Late Night With Seth Meyers" that "many of the alarmists on global warming, they've got a problem, because the science doesn't back them up."
"What he said is absolutely false," Brown said — adding that the vast majority of climate scientists believe that climate change is man-made. He said that climate change had contributed to both California's drought and record snowfalls in parts of the Northeast.
"So, it’s climate disruption of many different kinds," Brown added. "And that man betokens such a level of ignorance and a direct falsification of scientific data. It’s shocking and I think that man has rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office."
Brown also said that if he were 10 years younger, he might be running for president himself.
Cruz is reportedly planning to announce he is running for president in 2016 during a Monday appearance at Virginia's Liberty University. He is expected to run by courting the party's conservative base instead of trying to become the first choice of moderate voters.