(CNN) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown apologized Monday for comments he made over the weekend about former President Bill Clinton.
"Bill Clinton was an excellent president. It was wrong for me to joke about an incident from many years ago, and I'm sorry," Brown said in a statement.
Brown's comments were in reaction to a television ad released by his Republican opponent Meg Whitman's campaign, which shows an interview with Clinton – then a presidential candidate running against Brown for the party's nomination – during which he accuses Brown of raising taxes in California when he was governor in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
At a Democratic Party event on Sunday, Brown made a not-so-subtle reference to Clinton's involvement in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
(CNN) - It's too close to call in California's Senate and gubernatorial battles, according to a new poll.
A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday indicates that Sen. Barbara Boxer holds a 48 percent to 44 percent margin over her Republican challenger, Carly Fiorina, but Boxer's 4-point advantage is within the poll's sampling error. Five percent of people questioned say if the general election were held today they'd vote for neither candidate and three percent were undecided.
"In a battle between two women, female voters will be a key constituency. Right now, 48 percent of women would pick Boxer compared to 43 percent for Fiorina. Six years ago, Boxer won 65 percent of the women's vote," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
(CNN) – The welcome wagon didn't exactly show up for the opening of Meg Whitman's new campaign office in East Los Angeles.
The Republican gubernatorial candidate's new outreach office was surrounded by a group of more than 100 protesters ranging from union workers to members of the Latino community Wednesday afternoon, according to California Labor Federation Director of Communications and Media Relations Steve Smith.
The Service Employees International Union Local 1877, a union workers group, the California Labor Federation and other local political activists organized the protest.
(CNN) - A new poll suggests the California battles for governor and the Senate remain quite close.
A Public Policy Institute of California survey released late Wednesday indicates that Democratic nominee Jerry Brown leads Meg Whitman, the Republican nominee 37 to 34 percent, with a large 23 percent undecided. Brown's advantage is within the poll's sampling error.
Brown is the state's attorney general and a former two-term governor in the 1970's and 1980's. He has also served as Oakland mayor and California secretary of state. Whitman, the billionaire former eBay CEO who also was an adviser and surrogate for Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential bid, has spent more than $100 million of her own money so far on her bid for governor.
Brown led Whitman by one point in a Field Poll released earlier this month and by six points in a Reuters/Ipsos survey from June.
(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."
Washington (CNN) – Chasing Latino votes in the neck and neck California race for governor, Republican candidate Meg Whitman's new Spanish language ad details a better, brighter future for California's Latino kids.
Whitman's new ad, "Mejor Educación," or "Better Education", highlights her stance on education and the importance of education for Latino children.
"California has been blessed with the most beautiful natural resources in the world. But our most important resource is our young people," says Whitman in the ad.
(CNN) – California's gubernatorial race, already fueled by a fierce debate over immigration reform and a mounting fiscal crisis in the state, reached another level Monday as the candidates sparred over money.
Attorney General Jerry Brown, the Democrat hoping to take the seat being vacated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, called his Republican opponent's latest ad, taking on his record on taxes, "completely false."
"[I]t's completely false," Brown told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "[E]verything you heard in that ad is completely false. And I'm really kind of disappointed that this first entry into politics does kind of the old attack, make up stuff, and throw mud."
(CNN) – Republican candidate Meg Whitman is sign-posting her desire for Latino voters in the California gubernatorial race - literally, with billboards and bus stop advertisements.
The new outdoor advertising campaign includes Spanish language ads opposing Proposition 187 and the Arizona immigration law.
Proposition 187 was the California initiative passed in 1990s that would have cut off public services to illegal immigrants but ultimately was killed in the courts. Arizona's new immigration law requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there's reason suspect they're in the United States illegally.
(CNN) - A new survey indicates that it's all tied up in the battle between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman for California's top job.
According to a Field Poll released Wednesday, 44 percent of California voters say they'll back Brown, the Democratic nominee, in the state's contest for governor, with 43 percent saying they support Whitman, the Republican nominee, and 13 percent undecided. Brown's one point advantage is well within the survey's sampling error.
Brown led Whitman late last month by six points in a Reuters/Ipsos poll, the first non-partisan poll conducted since the June 8 primary.
(CNN) - A new poll indicates that the Democratic candidates hold single-digit leads over their Republican counterparts in California's gubernatorial and senatorial battles.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos survey, California Attorney General Jerry Brown holds a 45 to 39 percent advantage over Meg Whitman in the race for governor, with 14 percent undecided.
Brown, a former two-term governor in the 1970's and 1980's, has also served as Oakland mayor and California secretary of state. Whitman, the billionaire former eBay CEO who also was an adviser and surrogate for Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential bid, has spent around $90 million of her own money so far on her bid for governor.