September 14th, 2010
04:41 PM ET
12 years ago

After Lewinsky joke, Clinton endorses Brown in CA

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Former President Bill Clinton endorsed California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown on Tuesday."](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.

Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • California • Jerry Brown
soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Patriot

    California is a blue state and we don't want it contaminated by Republican trash. Period.

    September 14, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. Nick

    Good ole Bill! He really knows the likes of Whitman who was #1 in shipping jobs offshore and did not even have the decency to vote for the past 10+ years.

    September 14, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. fatima

    Thanks Bill! For being the better man and burying the hatchet and doing the right thing. I am really scared of the likes of Whitman becoming the governor.

    September 14, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  4. 66Biker

    The Democrats and Republicans have done enough damage to the world. It's time to stop voting like fools and vote Independent. Vote them out now!

    September 14, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  5. TG

    President Clinton is a class act! Knows the game of politics.

    September 14, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. Mhu Cao

    I thought Clinton handled the Lewinsky affair like a hypocritical dirtbag politician of an unseen magnitude. I thought Brown's comment demonstrates the small, pathetic, desperate toad that he is. Gerry Brown has no qualifications to be Governor of California, or even park ranger.

    September 14, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. Keith in NC

    You libs are kidding right? We drank the kool aid as you fall at the feet of obama and worship him?

    November can't get here soon enough.

    September 14, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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