(CNN) – Forget Danny Devito. Attorney General Jerry Brown thinks his opponent, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, is the perfect "twin" to California's unpopular Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In his next campaign ad set to release Tuesday, Brown casts the GOP gubernatorial nominee's message as identical to the current governor. Like Whitman, Schwarzenegger ran as a non-politician who'd bring business values to the statehouse. He now has a rock bottom approval of just 23 percent according to the latest Field Poll. Brown is clearly trying to capitalize on their apparent similarities, just two weeks before the election.
The ad, which CNN obtained exclusively Tuesday morning, begins running statewide later today.
It begins with video of Schwarzenegger saying "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results" then cuts to Whitman saying the same thing. Next, Schwarzenegger: "I've built businesses". Whitman: "I've built a business." Schwarzenegger: "I've met a payroll." Whitman: "I've met a payroll." Later it has Schwarzenegger and Whitman both saying "I don't owe anyone anything", and "we don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.' The spot ends with the two Republicans saying "what's the worst thing that can happen?" It fades to black and a quote from the San Jose Mercury News appears 'We tried that. It didn't work."
Whitman has kept a distance from Schwarzenegger, a fellow Republican. He hasn't endorsed her. She's been openly critical of him. California state leaders have been unable to agree on a budget that would close the state's $19 billion shortfall and Whitman recently blamed the impasse on Schwarzenegger saying, "What we are suffering from is a tremendous lack of leadership in Sacramento."
She insisted she would have had the leaders of the state legislature "in the governor's office, under my leadership, every day. I would have chained them to the desk to get this done."
A CNN/Opinion Research poll released September 28 indicated Brown with a nine-point lead but a more recent Reuters/Ipsos poll suggested the Democratic gubernatorial nominee had just a four point advantage, within the survey's sampling error.
UPDATE: Meg Whitman campaign spokesperson Andrea Jones Rivera has responded to the ad:
“Comparing Meg's experience as one of the world's most successful business leaders to Arnold Schwarzenegger's career as an actor is a false equivalency. The only candidate who has supported Arnold’s plan to raise taxes is Jerry Brown when he supported the ballot measure in 2009 that would have raised Californians’ taxes by $16 billion. Now, Jerry’s plan is to do exactly what Arnold did and ask the voters to approve a massive tax increase. Meg Whitman is the only candidate who is offering Californians a real solution to the problems it faces and is the only candidate who has promised not to raise taxes.”