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California governor's race: Brown, Whitman and Schwarzenegger meet in Long Beach

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The top two candidates running to be California's next governor met Tuesday in Long Beach.

At the Women's Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center, Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown -- alongside Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- met on stage to talk about their visions for California's future.

Moderated by NBC's Matt Lauer, the conversation steered toward addressing the negative campaign adverstisements that have come out of both camps, especially as the election draws closer.

Schwarzenegger refused to endorse either candidate.

-- Lori Kozlowski
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Photo: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, center, looks on as gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown meet at center stage during the 2010 Women's Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

 
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BROWN'S WHORE COMMENT WAS ALL I NEEDED!!!!!

He's the Biggest Sleeezball around!!!!!

DOES HE BEAT WOMEN TOO??????????????????????

JB1111 so are so full of it just like Meg!

I'm still undecided about who to vote for in the Governor's race.
One concept that Meg Whitman brought up in the last debate didn't make any sense to me, maybe someone can help be better understand ?

When asked about immigration reform, she said a bunch of stuff that included her vision of a Guest Worker program, where Mexicans would be brought in during the harvesting season and then sent back home afterwards, to ensure they didn't stay and become illegals mooching off our state's resources.

At a time when more than 10% of Californians are unemployed, why would we want to do this ? Why not simply hire some of those unemployed Californians ?

I've heard that no American citizens are willing to do the hard work that Mexicans are willing to do, and that's why we "have to" import Mexicans. Sounds like the wages and the working conditions are pretty horrific for unemployed Americans to refuse to do this work. If that's true, do we really think the solution is to go outside our borders and let big business agriculture companies NOT hire our own citizens ? Why not simply say that the big businesses that are making millions selling fruits and vegetables have to follow the same rules of supply and demand with their labor ? In other words, don't let them gain access to cheap/almost free labor outside our country while our own citizens are unemployed and willing to work for a decent wage and under decent conditions !

If you paid "normal" US wages and offered "normal" US working conditions, I'm sure there would be plenty of unemployed Californian citizens more than happy to pick fruits and vegetables all day long.

So, whose idea was this guest worker program anyway ? Sounds like another corporate loophole that gives big business another way to avoid hiring US citizens in our state, while making more profits for the big businesses.

I'm not voting for that !


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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