Jerry Brown on Why He Won't Run for President Again: I'm Too Old

By Nicole Allan

In his first televised gubernatorial debate with GOP rival Meg Whitman, California Attorney General Jerry Brown waved away concerns that he might attempt to ditch the governorship by running for president, as he did twice before. Asked why voters didn't have to worry about this scenario, Brown told the moderator:

"Age." ... Then he grinned and continued: "Hell, if I was younger, you know I'd be running again."

But "I now have a wife, I come home at night, I don't try to close down the bars in Sacramento like I used to do when I was governor of California. I'm going to spend more time in Sacramento and get it done," he said. "So don't worry about that; I'm in for the duration here."

The debate didn't produce many other juicy sound bytes, though the candidates touched on immigration, taxes, and their qualifications for office. Whitman also apologized, as she has before, for her spotty voting record. 

Read the full story at the Los Angeles Times.

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