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Jerry Brown Finally Goes On TV In CA-GOV Race (VIDEO)

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Brown seems to be taking some of the poll numbers to heart. Whitman's campaign and its allies have painted Brown as the stereotypical tax-and-spend liberal you'd expect a Republican to see when she imagines a Democratic California governor. In the ad, Brown launches what looks to be a direct defense of that image, promising "no new taxes without voter approval" and warning Californians that "we have to live within our means."

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