Gov. Jerry Brown and his Republican challenger Neel Kashkari traded sharp jabs in a scrappy, rapid-fire debate Thursday night that covered a wide array of disagreements over schools, water, energy, jobs, transportation and crime.
The Democratic incumbent opened with a greatest-hits account of his tenure, highlighting the state’s fiscal recovery. But Kashkari pounced in an opening statement of his own that set off an unrelenting rat-a-tat of nasty – but substantive -- exchanges.
“I think Gov. Brown means well,” Kashkari said. “But his 40 years in government has left him out of touch with the struggles of working families.”