Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 13, 2010

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown said this afternoon that he is sorry for remarks he made about President Bill Clinton and the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal.

“Bill Clinton was an excellent president,” Brown said in a written statement. “It was wrong for me to joke about an incident from many years ago, and I’m sorry.”

Brown’s opponent, Republican Meg Whitman, is running a TV ad featuring a video clip in which Clinton, citing a CNN report, inaccurately claims Brown raised taxes during his first two terms as governor.

Brown said he erred in joking about Clinton. But he said the bigger issue is the Whitman ad’s repetition of a debunked claim.

“I’ve made my share of mistakes, and my inappropriate joke about President Clinton is one of them,” Brown said in his statement. “But from me you’ll always get the truth.”

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