I was only able to catch about half of this much anticipated debate for the candidates running for California’s governor. I think that Jerry Brown definitely came across as being more genuine and less scripted. Yet, I do think that Meg Whitman performed better than expected. If the Democrats show up to vote in California, Jerry Brown will win.
Brown’s answer about immigration was the standard Democratic line about supporting a path to legalization, securing the borders, electronic verification, and working toward comprehensive immigration reform (which will likely not happen in this climate and the governor will not have much of an impact on this federal issue). And Whitman came right out and acknowledged that she would not support a path to legalization, but she did indicate that she opposed Proposition 187 and Arizona’s SB 1070.
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After Meg Whitman and her former GOP rival Steve Poizner battled over immigration in the primary, I think that her effort to moderate her stance has been decent. The question that I would have liked to have her answer is her thought about what to do with the millions of people who are already here undocumented if she doesn’t support a pathway to legalization. I think that many are curious as to how she envisions paying for the mass deportations. This question is only fair since much was made out of immigration in the primary. Along with the deportation issue, in the next debate, it would be great if someone asks Whitman why she seemingly did support a path to legalization at one point. For all of you needing a refresher, see the footage below, which sounds much like the line that Brown provided: