(CNN) – California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown won the endorsement Tuesday of the former president he mocked-and then apologized for mocking-in the days before.
"I strongly support Jerry Brown for governor because I believe he was a fine mayor of Oakland, he's been a very good attorney general, and he would be an excellent governor at a time when California needs his creativity and fiscal prudence," Clinton said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times and confirmed to be accurate by CNN.
The two faced off in a heated debate in 1992 when both were seeking the Democratic nomination for president, but Clinton said Tuesday that the contentiousness is water under the bridge.
"The tough campaign we fought 18 years ago is not relevant to the choice facing Californians today," Clinton said. "Jerry and I put that behind us a long time ago."
On Sunday, Brown made a not-so-subtle reference to Clinton's involvement in the Monica Lewinsky scandal while responding to an ad being aired by his opponent that suggested he raised taxes when he was governor of the state from 1975-1983.
"You remember right? There's this whole story about did he [Clinton] or didn't he," said Brown. "Ok, I did not have taxes with this state."
Brown apologized Monday for making the joke.