LOS ANGELES (AP) — Delivering his case for a second term, California Gov. Jerry Brown says the state is leading the nation into a prosperous future.
The 75-year-old governor told cheering Democrats at a convention in Los Angeles Saturday that his administration had made progress on issues from immigration to the environment while Washington remains gridlocked.
Brown promised a broad range of programs to combat climate change, while issuing a defense of the national health care overhaul.
The remarks marked the first major speech of his re-election campaign.
Brown appears headed for an unprecedented fourth term. Two little-known Republicans are seeking the nomination to oppose him.
But party leaders in the heavily Democratic state are warning against complacency.
And divisions were on display — noisy protesters called on Brown to oppose fracking.