Ad Watch: ’92 Bill Clinton Campaigns Against ’10 Jerry Brown

By Jenny Schlesinger

Sep 9, 2010 3:18pm

ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports: Former President Bill Clinton has been Democrats’ ace in the hole during this election cycle. He has swooped in to help embattled Democrats win tough primaries. He has drawn crowds and raised money in Pennsylvania and Florida and Arkansas has plans to do the same in Ohio and Minnesota. But Bill Clinton – the 1992 version – is also now actively campaigning against former California Gov. and current California Attorney General Jerry Brown, who is trying to get his old job back. Brown is running against billionaire former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. She has a new TV ad out today that essentially consists of a 25 second sound byte of Bill Clinton attacking Brown during their contentious 1992 Presidential Primary Campaign. Clinton assails Brown for taking credit for Prop 13 – the controversial ’70s California tax referendum that upended the property tax system in the state. It is a pretty devastating piece of campaign theater.

“He raised taxes as Governor of California. He had a surplus when he took office and deficit when he left. He doesn’t tell the people the truth,” says Clinton in the debate, which originally aired in April of 1992. Words then flash on the screen: “Jerry Brown. Same Story. New Decade.” Whitman has been running ad after ad in California, both attacking Brown and trying to broadcast her business resume. Brown has only gone on the air this week. He’s had help from liberal and union groups. His strategy was to “hold his fire” during the summer  and come on like gangbusters in the Fall.
Brown’s ad actually casts back with nostalgia to the ’70s when,  it points out, he cut waste, got rid of the Governor’s mansion and “ditched the limo.” Follow Z. Byron Wolf on Twitter.

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