Republican candidates for governor Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner met in a generally genteel debate Monday evening that skipped lightly over detailed solutions to California’s grievous fiscal mess in favor of the familiar arguments that each has made for months as they drive toward the June 8 primary.
Whitman argued that she would bring an outsider’s perspective to Sacramento and present the sharpest possible contrast to the presumptive Democratic nominee, former governor and current Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown. Brown, she said, brought to the race a “record of failure.”
Poizner, who is trailing Whitman in pre-primary polls, sought again and again to define her as too liberal for the party’s core voters, an argument he has forwarded more sharply in recent weeks.