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Jerry Brown - Meg Whitman debate: Are voters 'utterly unrealistic' about government spending?

October 12, 2010 |  6:44 pm

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The second question from Tom Brokaw is about whether voters have become “utterly unrealistic” about what can be cut from government spending without affecting services.

Meg Whitman said “the voters of California have the right instinct” and that billions can be cut.

“We need to shrink the size of government,” she said, specifically naming public pensions, welfare and the need to “use technology to do more with less.”

Jerry Brown took a different tack, saying: “We’re all unrealistic when it comes to pain or sacrifice or hard choices.”

He said that, as governor, he would lead by example: "Those at the top should cut first."

-- Shane Goldmacher in San Rafael, Calif.

Photo: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), right, receives congratulation from Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) after the long overdue state budget was approved by the Senate. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

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