October 19th, 2010
07:55 AM ET
12 years ago

Exclusive: New Brown Ad Makes Whitman Schwarzenegger's Twin

(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.”

Filed under: 2010 • Arnold Schwarzenegger • Jerry Brown • Meg Whitman
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    Mr Brown, are you really that stupid that people dont see that you are a pet to REid, Pelosi and HUSSENI obama. It must be true that they suck the brains out of Democrats at birth so that they can be controlled as slaves to the wanna be hitlers like Pelosi. Come to Florida and We The People will introduce you to a new way of thinking and let you meet our reptiles and bring Pelosi and Reid with you.

    October 19, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  2. WBinNT

    That is ridiculous. Everyone knows Arnold's twin is Danny Devito.

    October 19, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. Seattle Sue

    I knew seven years ago that Arnold couldn't do the job of running California, just as well as I know Meg can't do the job either.

    October 19, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Jerry Brown has a good point. The problem is that the GOP won't agree to raise taxes and the Democrats won't cut spending. Both need to be done in California as well as a review of what all these additions to the state constititution have been doing to the state budget and legislature.

    October 19, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  5. D. Bunker

    CA's problem traces back to the incredibly stupid supermajority tax increase law the GOBP conned the voters into supporting. Virtually all of CA's structural financial problems trace back to this, which allows a majority of rightwing extremists to block even small and reasonable tax increases.

    October 19, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Wow! I still don't trust Brown but he is the only rethug who can tell it like it is. Too bad that he can't do the same with the half term from AK and let her know how most rethugs feel about her. Maybe after November 2?
    I am sure he is getting ready for 2012 as so many others in the party of NO. Another name to the endless list.

    October 19, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. Ferret out the B.S.

    Whitman doesn't have the first clue on how to run California and although Ahnold is a decent guy, he's no great shakes as the Governator. Jerry did a good job before and he can do it again because he understands government doesn't function like a business and never will. Business people just entering politics can be a huge failure because they expect too much too soon. Just cutting funds to programs doesn't work either because the programs touch all uf us and none want to give up anything.

    October 19, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. TeeParti

    its not all Arnolds fault...when everything is decided by referendum, huge shortfalls are inevitable. this is America after all: we want all the benefits and none of the cost!

    October 19, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. jose manuel

    Here is an old saying. Shoe maker to make shoes. I admire mr. Arnold but he should stick to hollywood make exersise machines Or have a tv exersise program like chuck norris. Sorry but somebody had to say it.

    October 19, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Rush Goebbels

    They do look like brothers.

    October 19, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    It begins with video of Schwarzenegger saying "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results
    I like that. Brown was governor once before, right?! To elect him again...Insanity! This is out of the mouths of the Brown campaign! If a novice like me could turn it around, anybody could! Once again....insanity! Consider the damage done by a liberal legislature! To even consider a DEM for the remainder of this century...INSANITY!

    October 19, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. Sniffit

    Well, to be fair, one thing I think we can all agree on: they both do have giant foreheads. Seriously...she could hammer railroad spikes with that thing.

    October 19, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. stevegee

    A vote for any Democrat is a vote for the overreaching, overspending, overtly divisive agenda of Obama, Pelosi and Reid that will end in failure and bankruptcy for our country.

    A vote for any Republican is a vote for the Constitutional principles of freedom and liberty, and a free market economy.On November 2nd, vote American, vote Conservative, vote Republican.

    October 19, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |