AirTalk for October 27, 2010

Meg Whitman booed for declining a challenge to end negative advertising

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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joins California Republican gubernatorial candidate and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and California Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown during a discussion in Long Beach, California.

During an appearance at the Women's Conference, moderator Matt Lauer of the “Today” show asked gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman to pull all negative advertising. Brown said he would if Whitman would. But the GOP candidate wouldn’t agree to the pledge, drawing boos from the audience. Brown, the Democrat in the race, went into the debate polling 6-13 points ahead, giving him more flexibility to make such a pledge. So was it a fair question? And how will this standoff change the tenor of the campaigns?


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