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Whitman advisor defends campaign spending on 'Meet the Press'

Meg Whitman's chief strategist defended his candidate's record spending Sunday, saying the $104 million she has put into her campaign was necessary to get her message out to California voters.

Appearing on "Meet the Press," Mike Murphy noted the state's expensive media markets, beating back criticism that the spending hasn't produced a lead over Democratic rival Jerry Brown.

"I'm flacking here, but I believe it," he said, citing ad costs.

In a brief discussion of the race, he also distilled the Whitman campaign's core theme: "People know she knows how to create jobs. Jerry Brown is a time machine to failure."

-- Michael J. Mishak in Sacramento

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