Source: Charlie Crist On Climate Change: I'm Not A Scientist Either But I Can 'Use My Brain' And 'Talk To One,’ by Sahil Kapur, Talkingpointsmemo.com, July 26, 2014.
This is a quote from 2014 mid-term elections and Florida Governor election campaign. Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist made that statement in response to a repeated statement by incumbent Governor Rick Scott.
In May 27, 2014, Miami Herald reporter Marc A. Caputo pressed Governor Scott on his position on climate change. Governor Scott just kept repeating the line, “I am not a scientist” to dodge the question.
Rick Scott is not the only Floida Republican leader to use that tag line. According to politifact.com, US Senator Marco Rubio told the Miami Herald on December 10, 2009 about climate change, “I am not a scientist. I am not qualified to make that decision. There’s a significant scientific dispute about that.”
Politifact.com noted Sen. Rubio maintains this same position since 2010 of rejecting climate change science.
April 13, 2015, Sen. Rubio declared his intention to run for President of the United States.
His position on climate change, as well as all the other Republican Presidential candidates, will be watched closely for the 2016 Presidential election. January 30, 2015, The New York Times reported the vague “I am not a scientist” tag line might help Republican candidates in primary contests, especially among Tea Party voters.
However, Americans overall don’t like that line. The poll found just 27% of Americans were more likely to vote for a candidate who took that position. On the other hand, 44% say they’re less likely to vote for a candidate who says ‘I am not a scientist.’
Polls show Americans remain divided whether climate change is mostly caused by human activity. On the other hand, they don’t want elected leaders hiding behind the “I am not a scientist” line.
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Image of Greg Dalton, Founder of Climate One, interviewing geoscientist Dr. Richard Alley of Penn State University at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, December 7, 2011.