Skip to comments.Jerry Brown Reacts to Meg Whitman ‘Whore’ Slur at Debate (Video & Transcript)
Posted on 10/12/2010 9:42:26 PM PDT by kristinn
California gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown debated tonight at Dominican University in San Rafael. The moderator was Tom Brokaw who raised the 'whore' comment with Brown.
Video of the exchange at Bay Area NBC
Transription by Kristinn.
BROKAW: Mr. Brown you did attempt to reach out to the police union. The telephone message was left on. It's now a notorious part of this campaign. In which somebody in your campaign referred to Ms. Whitman as a "whore." A campaign spokesman then described that as "salty language" and apologized after a fashion. We've heard no outrage from you about the use of that kind of language which to many women is the same as calling an African-American the n-word. Have you been in charge of the investigation in your campaign to find out who is responsible for using that phrase?
BROWN: I don't agree with that comparison, number one. Number two, this is a five week old private conversation...
BROWN: ...picked up on a cellphone, uh, with a garbled transmission. Very hard to detect who it is. This is not, I don't want to get into the term and how it's used. But I will say the campaign apologized promptly and I affirm that apology tonight.
BROKAW: You're repeating it to Ms. Whitman?
BROWN: Yes I am. I do. I, it's unfortunate. I'm sorry it happened. I apologize.
WHITMAN: So Jerry, it's not just me, it's the people of California who deserve better than slurs and personal attacks. That's not what California is about. It is not our better selves. And I, um, think people know exact...I think every Californian, and especially women, know exactly what's going on here. And that is a deeply offensive term to women.
BROWN: Well, can I just interject? Have you chastised your chairman, Pete Wilson, who called Congress "whores" to the public sector unions?
WHITMAN: You know better than that Jerry. That's a completely different thing. The fact you are defending your campaign...
AUDIENCE: Heckles Whitman.
WHITMAN: The fact you are defending your campaign for a slur and, um, you know, a personal attack on me I think it's not befitting of California. It's not befitting of the office that you're running for.
BROWN: It's unfortunate. Private conversation. I'm not even sure it's legal because you have to get the consent of all the parties and there's lots of people talking so, I again, Ms. Whitman I'm sorry it happened. That does not represent anything other than things that happen in a campaign. But the issue there of course is pension reform and the fact that you got the endorsement of that union. I didn't because they said I'd be too tough on unions and public employee pensions and I'll take that.
WHITMAN: So that's actually...
AUDIENCE: Cheers Brown.
BROKAW: Admonishes audience to keep quiet.
It sounds to me like Brown blew Whitman away. A wise handler would have told Whitman to stay above it all and have no comment lest she be viewed as insincerely milking the victim role. She really stepped in it. She should have kept her stinking mouth shut. “Whore”. Big deal..
Well, I just got the double meaning in the title. Shows how slow I am.
Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, Meg Whitman, Pete Wilson... all political whores. Whores of a feather...
Brown is one of many reasons that CA is a cesspool these days! It’s mind boggling how voters think out there. Nobody seems to learn from their mistakes.
It sounds like Whitman has milked the “whore” comment for all it’s worth. At least it got that idiot Gloria Allred and her illegal alien client off the front page. Now, it’s time for Whitman to “man up” and move on. If the people of California think Brown will make a better governor than Whitman they could care less what she was called and vote for him. Meg better demonstrate why she would be a better governor, period.
Really? He blew a whore?
You want to see slow, I look like I’m in slow motion chasing my two year old.
I thought all those decades of experiance were to my advantage. It seems instead that youth will be served.
Yeah, when the whole lot of them work in a bordello, the label kinda loses its sting, doesn’t it.
Brown initiated the call, Brown himself forgot to hang up the call. How can he blame others by calling it a "picked up.. cell phone call?"
Also, Brown is the Attorney General of California. Why is he saying that he's "not even sure it's legal?" Maybe he should have kept his law license current before stealing the AG job?
I don't have to ask him that question. I already know the answer. If my bonus was $120 million and I was already very well off and I knew 10 percent of the workforce was going to be laid off, I would not take the bonus.
Do you have a better answer than that? The one you offered is not going to work.
After the debates of 2008 who in their right mind would agree to Tom Brokow being the debate moderator?
The Bay area of California......... yep this was a Brown audience.
Get a grip. What California thinks will be shown on election day. Not by how one particular small audience behaves.
According to the Hugh Hewitt show the whore comment came from Browns wife, so I guess it was okay for him to blow her....
I don’t disagree - this makes it harder to vote for her. But just imagine a Dem dominated legislature, Brown as governor, and prop 25 passing. I still have a small amount of hope for CA but that would end it.
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