Jerry Brown Finally Kicks Off Campaign for Governor – His New TV Commercial Now Released

Well Labor Day 2010 is here so the official race for Governor has now begun. It’s the Topic of the Day. See?

“Despite Republican Meg Whitman having spent some $20 million this summer on ads slamming Democrat Jerry Brown, the race remains a dead heat.”

O.K. then.

Jerry Brown’s team was up at the crack of dawn to kick things off today by announcing the release of a new commercial.

Check it

Here’s the script:

“Voiceover: As governor, he cut waste – got rid of the mansion and the limo. Budgets were balanced. Four billion in tax cuts. World-class schools and universities. Clean energy promoted. One-point nine million new jobs created. California was working.

Jerry Brown: I’m Jerry Brown. California needs major changes. We have to live within our means, we have to return power and decision-making to the local level, closer to the people, and no new taxes without voter approval.

Voiceover: Jerry Brown. The knowledge and know-how to get California working again.”

JB hisself will be all over the state today – Los Angeles, Manteca, Sacramento, Fairfield, you name it.

All the deets:

Brown Begins the Fall Campaign with Launch of First TV Ad

Los Angeles – Jerry Brown began the fall campaign sprint today with four appearances across the state and the announcement that his campaign would begin advertising with a 30-second television ad in which Brown outlines some of the governing principles underpinning his candidacy.

In the ad, Brown calls for California to “live within our means, ……..return power and decision-making to the local level, closer to the people, and no new taxes without voter approval.”

“The summer is over, and the people of California are ready to hear from the candidates for governor,” Brown said. “We’re facing tough times, but if we pull together as Californians first, we can restore our state’s dynamic economy and get California working again.”

The ad features highlights from Brown’s time as governor, including his leadership in cutting taxes by $4 billion, the state’s status as a world-leader in renewable energy and the creation of 1.9 million new jobs over eight years.

“Meg Whitman and her allies have spent $130 million, much of it attacking Jerry Brown,” said Campaign Manager Steve Glazer. “The attacks are false, the voters don’t buy it, and they are ready to hear Jerry Brown explain how he’ll turn California around.”

Whitman began advertising in the general election three days after the primary, and has run more than 45,000 ads since, with close to two-thirds of them negative ads attacking Brown. The claims made have been widely debunked by California media as well as watchdog groups like factcheck.org.

“Despite a summer of politics-as-usual attacks, the race remains a dead heat,” Glazer added. “This is the start of an aggressive ad campaign that will be matched with aggressive public outreach to present voters with a clear choice.”

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