The Buzz: Sacramento group issues debate invitation to Jerry Brown, Neel Kashkari

06/20/2014 6:43 PM

06/20/2014 10:07 PM

Brown, Kashkari invited

to a gubernatorial debate

Debate season has arrived in the California governor’s race, at least the courtship.

A Sacramento-based consortium, including The Sacramento Bee, on Friday invited Gov. Jerry Brown and his Republican opponent, Neel Kashkari, to debate this fall.

Besides The Bee, the sponsoring group includes KCRA, Capital Public Radio and Sacramento State. The media partners sponsored a debate between Brown, a Democrat, and Republican Meg Whitman in 2010 that drew an estimated 2 million viewers statewide. This year’s debate would be at Sac State’s 330-seat Capistrano Hall.

Kashkari has called for 10 debates, and accepted an early invitation from a television station in San Diego. On Friday, he accepted the invitation from the Sacramento group. Pat Melton, Kashkari’s campaign manager, said in an email that “it is critical for voters to hear directly from both candidates about their plans to address the big challenges facing our state.”

Brown, with a sizable advantage in public opinion polls, has not said whether he will debate. “We look forward to taking a look at it,” campaign spokesman Dan Newman said Friday after receiving the invitation.

– Dan Smith

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