Ted Cruz: But 'Al Gore Told Us' It Wouldn't Get So Cold! AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster Sahil Kapur – February 10, 2014, 1:23 PM EST Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) became the latest conservative on Monday to crack a joke about former Vice President Al Gore and global warming. "It is really freezing in D.C.," he told a crowd at the Heritage Foundation, in a speech about energy policy. "I have to admit I was surprised. Al Gore told us this wouldn't happen!" The audience laughed.