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Jerry Brown to debate Neel Kashkari

California Republican gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari
California Republican gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari
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Gov. Jerry Brown of California has agreed to debate his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, the Los Angeles Times reported late Monday. There was no immediate confirmation on the campaign websites of either candidate.

According to the Times, the debate is scheduled for Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. in Sacramento. The debate reportedly will last one hour.

Brown, a Democrat, is seeking to become the first man elected four times as governor of California. He was first elected in 1974, when Ronald Reagan decided not to seek a third term. He as re-elected in 1978.

After serving as the mayor of Oakland and as state attorney general, Brown again won election as governor in 2010. His first successful run for state office was in 1970, when he was elected secretary of state.

He is the son of former Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, whom Reagan defeated for re-election in 1966.

Kashkari was appointed an assistant secretary of the treasury by President George W. Bush. He helped direct several programs designed to alleviate economic problems, including taking the lead with the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

Barack Obama’s transition team asked Kashkari to remain in office for a few months after the 2008 election. He left federal office in May 2009.

Kashkari, who considers himself to be a moderate, defeated conservative Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, in the June Republican primary. Donnelly was a tea party favorite, while Kashkari had support of such GOP stalwarts as former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.

If elected, Kashkari will become the first Hindu elected governor of a state.

An average of opinion polls maintained by Real Clear Politics gives Brown 53.3 percent, and Kashkari with 32.8 percent.

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