(CNN) – Look too quickly and one may think Meg Whitman, the GOP nominee for governor in California, is herself heaping praise on rival Jerry Brown in Brown's latest TV ad.
The new spot launching Tuesday opens with Whitman declaring, "30 years ago, anything was possible in this state."
The problem for Whitman, as Brown's ad quickly notes, is that Brown himself was governor of California 30 years ago.
The spot than lists a variety of Brown's accomplishments during his first tenure as governor from 1975-1983 before cutting back to Whitman saying, "It's why I came to California so many years ago."
The most recent polls show Brown, California's attorney general and the Democrats' gubernatorial nominee, with a high single-digit lead over Whitman.