Washington (CNN) – Jerry Brown described California as "failing" Tuesday evening, and vowed to bring Democrats and Republicans together to help revive the state's economy if he is elected governor in November.
"I think we have to sit down, starting not next year, but right after the election, and get in the Republican leaders and all the members of the legislature," Brown, who served as governor from 1975 to 1983, said in an interview on CNN's 'Larry King Live.' "The way the budget works now is they have four leaders from – two from each party. And they do it. That doesn't work. You've got to get all 120 legislatures in the room, day after day and month after month, keep the focus on solving that budget deficit."
Earlier in the day, Brown declared his bid for the Democratic nomination, a formality, of sorts, as he has been laying the groundwork for some time to run again for governor.
"We've got the creativity," said Brown, currently the state attorney general. "But we've got to stop that bickering – that poisonous partisanship in Sacramento. I think they need someone in there with the skills and the knowledge and, maybe more importantly, insider's knowledge, but an outsider's mind. And that's exactly what I can bring to this job."
Brown, who has no primary opposition, will face either state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner or former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, who are each running for the Republican nomination, in the general election.
Brown said he would "like" President Obama to "campaign for me," but also noted that he would welcome GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's support as well. "I'd like everybody who I could get," Brown said.
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