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FLASHBACK: Jerry Brown Is Not Exactly The Biggest Clinton Supporter

- July 27, 2016

Jerry Brown Was Vocal About His Disapproval Of Clinton And His "Corruption" In The 1990s

Brown: Clinton's "Policy Failures Are So Overwhelming" I'm Not Going To Discuss Other Scandals. NOVAK: "The allegations about his personal life don't bother you?" BROWN: "First of all, they're not proven and secondly I think that the policy failures are so overwhelming that I'm not going to marginalize them by giving dignity to these allegations that have yet to be tried in a court of law." ("Crossfire," CNN, 3/25/98)

Brown: Clinton "Siphoned" $50 Billion Out Of The Poorest Neighborhoods In America. "Secondly, the $50 billion that the Democrats siphoned out, Bill Clinton leading the charge with the Republicans, siphoned $50 billion out of the poorest neighborhoods in America. That was wrong." ("Crossfire," CNN, 3/25/98)

Brown: "The Democratic Party Has Been Taken Over By A Confederacy Of Corruption, Campaign Consultants And Lobbyists And Bill Clinton Has Led The Way And I Don't Approve Of It." ("Crossfire," CNN, 3/25/98)

Brown: I Was Right About Bill Clinton During The 1992 Campaign. MATTHEWS: "So that--you have basically hit him on every target of vulnerability, so you were right..." Mayor-elect BROWN: "Well, I don't take any cr..." MATTHEWS: "...about Bill Clinton. You were right about Bill Clinton f--six years ago." Mayor-elect BROWN: "You know, I don't take any great joy in that." MATTHEWS: "But you were right, you're saying, right?" Mayor-elect BROWN: "Well, yeah, I was right." ("Hardball With Chris Matthews," CNBC, 9/8/98)

In 1992 Brown Released A TV Ad On Clinton's Civil Rights Record, Attacking Him For Playing Golf At An All-White Country Club

In 1992 Brown Attacked Clinton "For Playing Golf At A Whites-Only Country Club." "Feisty and unconcerned about being a party 'spoiler,' Democratic presidential candidate Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr. on Friday criticized his rival, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, for playing golf at a whites-only country club." (George Skelton, "Brown Blasts Clinton Over Golf Incident," Los Angeles Times, 3/21/92)

The Subject Of Clinton's Round Of Golf Became The Subject Of Brown's First New York Attack Ad. "But it became the subject of Brown's first New York television ad, in which a narrator said: 'While Bill Clinton plays golf at a restricted, all-white club, Arkansas remains one of only two states with no civil rights act. Now that's slick - but we want real change.'" (Steve Kornacki, "A Clinton In Cuomo-Land," Politico, 12/6/13)

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In 1992 Brown Released A "Man On The Street" Television Advertisement That "[Questions] Clinton's Integrity":

Brown Released A Television Ad Featuring Six People Talking Into A Camera Questioning Clinton's Integrity. "The Democratic presidential race took the pointed - and highly personal - turn five days before Tuesday's high-stakes presidential primaries in New York, Wisconsin and Kansas. The Brown ad featured six people talking into the camera, five of whom in one way or another question Clinton's integrity." (John King, "Clinton, Brown Launch Attacks, Then Back-Peddle On Ads," The Associated Press, 4/3/92)

Clinton Media Adviser Mandy Grunwald: "He Hasn't Just Crossed The Line, He's Gone Over The Cliff." (John King, "Clinton, Brown Launch Attacks, Then Back-Peddle On Ads," The Associated Press, 4/3/92)

Clinton: Brown's Ad "The Sleaziest Ad I Think I Have Ever Seen Run By Anybody, Anywhere, Anytime Since I've Been In Politics." " Clinton, elated after Cuomo said he would be a 'superb' president, responded to Brown's broadside by saying a television spot his rival ran on a Buffalo station Friday 'is the sleaziest ad I think I have ever seen run by anybody, anywhere, anytime since I've been in politics.'" (Karen Ball, "Candidates Swap 'Sleaze' Charges As Battle For New York Rages," The Associated Press, 4/4/92)

Brown Said He Voted For Ralph Nader In 1996

Brown: "I Voted For Nader [In 1996]." NOVAK: "Did you vote for him for reelection?" BROWN: "No, I voted for Ralph Nader." ("Crossfire," CNN, 3/25/98)

Brown In 1996: "I Am Not Going To Endorse President Clinton." LARRY KING: "Do I- do we take that, Jerry, to mean you may not endorse President Clinton?" JERRY BROWN: "I- no, I am not going to endorse President Clinton." (CNN's "Larry King Live," 3/26/96)


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