Jerry Brown On His First Gubernatorial Campaign: ‘It’s All a Lie… I Didn’t Have a Plan for California’

Stephen Gutowski | October 25, 2010
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During an interview on the program "CNN Late Edition" in 1992 Jerry Brown (D-CA) admitted that nearly everything he said in his first campaign for governor of California was a lie. Here are Brown's rather candid remarks:

Interviewer: You said something a moment ago that I have to follow up on and I have to draw you out on. You said you don't have to lie anymore now that you're not a politician. What did you lie about when you were governor?

Jerry Brown: It's all a lie. You're pretending there's a plan...

Interviewer: What did you lie about?

Jerry Brown: You run for office and the assumption is "Oh, I know what to do". You don't. I didn't have a plan for California. Clinton doesn't have a plan. Bush doesn't have a plan.

Interviewer: You said you had a plan for California and you lied because you didn't have a plan?

Jerry Brown: You say you're going to lower taxes, you're going to put people to work, you're gonna improve the schools, you're going to stop crime... crime is up, schools are worse, taxes are higher. I mean be real!

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