California Gov. Brown makes case for re-election


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.

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