July 23rd, 2010
10:58 AM ET
4 years ago

New Whitman ad slammed by opponents as 'shameless advertising'

 Meg Whitman is out Friday with a new TV ad.
Meg Whitman is out Friday with a new TV ad.

(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.


Filed under: 2010 • California • Jerry Brown • Meg Whitman
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Well, I didn't know Brown had ever made that admission, that he didn't have a plan.

    July 23, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. MR AMERICA

    Meg Whitman is simply using that same old GOP tricks...lie lie lie and lie.

    Thankfully today with things like You Tube, we can see the whole quote.

    What a scumbag you are, Meg.

    July 23, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Kind of sucks when your own words come back to haunt you, eh Moonbeam? Don't feel bad... the vast majority of California has neither a plan, nor a clue.

    July 23, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. PalmReader

    Speaking the truth is not a republican trait. Never has been. Never will be.

    Fortunately, the majority of Americans are finally coming to understand the lies and distortions the GOP continually offer in their quest for political control.

    Too, too Jerry Springer for me.

    July 23, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Bill in CA

    Hey, Nutmeg. What's your plan? Besides selling off California , and laying off 40,000 state workers?

    July 23, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. bobden

    Does Whitman have a plan? If so, what is it?
    Oh, I bet I know. Her plan is to lower taxes. But how?

    July 23, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. DJ in TX

    I'm sorry Meg – once you play the whole tape, it is clear that you tried to take words out of context. Politics is sickening and you are playing politics to its worst.

    BTW – what is your plan for California? Most of my family is there, so I have a vested interest. Please tell us, what is your plan???

    July 23, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Meg Whitman is a complete troglodyte. At some point she is going to have to actually get up in public and speak in front of an audience that is not hand-picked and planted. And then California will know what many of us already suspect. That Meg Whitman is a complete troglodyte.

    July 23, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Karen Baker

    Jerry Brown governor of California was an honest and hard working man. He at least used his gray matter, which is more than I can say about most. Meg Whitman should go back to the greedy, dishonest corporate world where she obviously belongs!

    July 23, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Cosmo

    What was Whitman's plan when she roughed up one of her employees?

    July 23, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. GL

    Most people are not going to fall to much for any of these ads from the right because they have been exposed just 3 months before one of the most important election ever. We will not be swiftboat by the right wing nuts and their media Fox News.

    American people are on to you right wing nuts editing people words and making clipping using edited materials.

    July 23, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Uro Dumas

    Meg "Send Jobs to India" Whiteman lies like a rug

    July 23, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. gt

    gov moon bean .. thats a joke .. so is barbra boxer... what a old mean women... she needs to go retire ...

    July 23, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. FAUX NEWS IN EVIL...media lyynching

    ...and what plan does Meg Whitman have again? Oh, I know...distorting someone words just like the bogus Fox News video that unjustly accuses a hard working woman for being a rascist...and forking up hundreds of millions of dollars to BUY the California governorship seat!

    Meg Whitman's plan = BUY the Governorship Election!

    And this is coming Meg Whitman...a woman who admittedly has NEVER voted in ANY election ALL HER LIFE!!!

    July 23, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. Debbie from Arizona

    Sounds like Whitman is taking lessons from FOX News, huh?

    July 23, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. thor

    The problem for Jerry Brown for voters is that he been Governor before and most voters will say "done that ,didn't work, try again" It doesn't help that the state has a budget that is in such a mess.They are one of three states that are likely to go bankrupt next year because of their fiscal irresponsibility.

    July 23, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Jerry Brown actually is honest and isn't afraid to speak the truth. I'd rather vote for someone real than a billionaire elitist that tries to deceive people with edited soundbytes and gimmicks.

    July 23, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. Mike West

    Would love to hear what either Brown or Whitman's ideas are for California.

    Neither of them say where they stand on issues.

    Just more mud-slinging

    July 23, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |