California governor debate: Jerry Brown, Neel Kashkari face off

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SACRAMENTO — Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and his Republican challenger former bank bailout czar Neel Kashkari faced off in their first and only debate Thursday night.

Early on, the candidates, who began with separate opening statements, sparred on issues such as water policy, California’s business climate and gas prices.

At the midway mark, the debate turned particularly heated as the candidates clashed over teacher tenure laws. The two men then moved on to prisons, environment laws and high-speed rail.

As the debate wrapped up, they touched on same-sex marriage, the state pension system, Obamacare and the plastic-bag ban, which Brown said he will soon sign into law.

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