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Brown and Kashkari down to final hours of debate preparations
Brown and Kashkari down to final hours of debate preparations

As Gov. Jerry Brown and his Republican challenger Neel Kashkari were making final preparations for their sole debate Thursday night, advisors for both were trying to keep expectations low. “The fact of the matter is the governor’s been debating since before Neel was born, and this is Neel’s first debate,” Kashkari campaign manager Pat Melton said. Kashkari, he said, is likely to argue that rampant poverty and unemployment, along with substandard public schools, belie Brown’s narrative of a California comeback. “California is not back, and it’s time for real leadership,” Melton said. Brown spokesman Dan Newman, echoing former Vice...

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