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Kashkari wants Brown to do 10 debates/meetings

By Josh Richman
Monday, June 9th, 2014 at 3:16 pm in Gov. Jerry Brown, Jerry Brown, Neel Kashkari.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Monday challenged Gov. Jerry Brown to five formal debates and five town-hall meetings before November’s election, taking a page from Brown’s own campaign playbook.

Kashkari wants Brown to meet him for a debate and a town-hall meeting in each of five regions: the Bay Area, Sacramento, the Central Valley, Los Angeles and San Diego.

NEEL KASHKARI“The day after the June 2010 primary election you challenged your Republican opponent to 10 debates,” Kashkari wrote in his letter to Brown. “You said then that we must ‘tell people how we’ll manage their tax dollars, how we’ll hold down taxes, how we’ll make government work better and more efficiently, how we’ll fix our schools and how we’ll create jobs.’ I couldn’t agree more with those sentiments, which are as true today as they were four years ago.”

“Although you continually proclaim a ‘California comeback,’ the truth is that millions of families across the state are being left behind by the status quo you defend,” Kashkari wrote. “Governor, our state is ranked 46th in education, 47th in jobs, and 1st in poverty. In fact, your ‘California comeback’ has ignored the millions of Californians who are looking for work and whose children are stuck in failing schools. That you believe the status quo is acceptable underscores the need for a rigorous debate about the future of our state.”

Kashkari asked for a response by Friday “so we may begin the planning process.”

Brown campaign consulant Dan Newman said Monday afternoon that “we’ll certainly consider debating, providing we can work out the scheduling and details to offer something substantive and worthwhile to voters.”

Brown, seeking an unprecedented fourth term as California’s governor, got 54.4 percent of the vote in last week’s top-two primary. Kashkari, a former Treasury Department official from Laguna Beach, finished second with 19.4 percent, beating out tea party favorite Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, who had 14.8 percent.

Read the full text of Kashkari’s letter, after the jump…

June 9, 2014
The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
2355 Broadway #407
Oakland, CA 94612

Dear Governor Brown,

The day after the June 2010 primary election you challenged your Republican opponent to 10 debates. You said then that we must “tell people how we’ll manage their tax dollars, how we’ll hold down taxes, how we’ll make government work better and more efficiently, how we’ll fix our schools and how we’ll create jobs.” I couldn’t agree more with those sentiments, which are as true today as they were four years ago. Hence, I have directed my campaign manager, Pat Melton, to work with your team to schedule these debates as soon as possible.

As you pointed out in 2010, it is important to have these debates throughout the state in formats where “each of us in an unscripted manner will discuss our positions and answer questions.” To that end, I propose that we participate in at least one town hall meeting and one formal debate in each of the following regions: Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley, San Diego and Los Angeles.

I also invite interested media outlets, policy institutes and education institutions across the state to submit proposals to our campaigns for hosting these debates, which will help educate Californians on the stark differences between our visions for the future of the state.

Although you continually proclaim a “California comeback,” the truth is that millions of families across the state are being left behind by the status quo you defend. Governor, our state is ranked 46th in education, 47th in jobs, and 1st in poverty. In fact, your “California comeback” has ignored the millions of Californians who are looking for work and whose children are stuck in failing schools. That you believe the status quo is acceptable underscores the need for a rigorous debate about the future of our state.

I kindly request your campaign respond to this letter by close of business on Friday, June 13, so we may begin the planning process. I look forward to thoughtful, robust discussions about how best to move our state forward for all Californians.

Best regards,
Neel Kashkari
Republican Gubernatorial Candidate

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  • Elwood

    Kashkari wants Brown to do 10 debates/meetings

    Of course he does! And I want Obama to come take out my garbage.

  • JohnW

    He should stage a crazy-train debate with a blow up picture of a train to nowhere in the background and a stand-in Jerry Brown look-alike making absurd arguments in defense of the high speed rail project.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Johnny Kash wants to bore the heck out of the voters, hoping for an extremely low turnout