LONG BEACH (AP) — California gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown were placed on the hot seat during a joint appearance at a women’s conference, when they were asked to pull their negative advertising.
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Brown, a Democrat, said he would do so if Whitman agreed. But Whitman, a Republican, said she would pull only the TV spots that are character attacks.
She said she needs to tell Californians about Brown’s record as governor from 1975 to 1983 — and she then proceeded to attack it.
Her answer prompted loud boos Tuesday from the audience at California first lady Maria Shriver’s annual women’s conference. Brown was booed, albeit less audibly, when he also discussed the nature of his ad campaign.
“Today” show host Matt Lauer had asked the candidates to pull the attack ads that have flooded the airwaves in California. Both candidates are in the final week of an increasingly negative race for governor.
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