(CNN) – A new ad from California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman uses two clips of her opponent, Democrat Jerry Brown, from CNN programs in the mid-1990s the Brown campaign says distorts his words.
In the first clip, from Late Edition in 1995, Brown says: "You run for office and the assumption is, oh, I know what to do. You don't. I didn't have a plan for California."
In the second clip, from Crossfire in 1996, Brown says: "You need a real plan, something I'll acknowledge I did not have."
The first quote comes off as an acknowledgment that when Brown was first elected governor of California in 1974, he went to Sacramento with nothing but ideas.
In the second clip, Brown was referring to his 1992 presidential bid in a larger critique of the 1996 presidential candidates.
"But he'll [Steve Forbes] find out the flat tax is not enough," Brown said in 1996 in part of the fuller quote that did not make the commercial. "You need a real plan, something I'll acknowledge I did not have, Forbes does not have, nor do I think either Clinton or Dole."
The Brown campaign says both clips are taken out of context.
"This ad is another example of Meg Whitman taking statements out of context," the campaign wrote in a statement. "Her shameless advertising continues to reflect on her desire to fool voters rather than speak the truth."
Whitman spokesman Dan Comstock defended the accuracy of the ad.
"The ad is 100% accurate," he said in a statement. "Jerry Brown has a 40 year career in politics where he has never had a plan."
The ad is airing statewide beginning today.