Calif gubernatorial debate to take place in San Rafael

October 12, 2010 9:04:12 AM PDT
The final televised debate of California's gubernatorial is scheduled for Tuesday night in the North Bay. Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman will be facing questions about embarrassing incidents in their private lives.

The last and final televised debate is expected to be the most heated one yet after recent controversial events from both sides.

The latest from the Democratic camp of Jerry Brown? A campaign staffer, caught on tape, calling Republican candidate Meg Whitman a "whore" - an apparent reference to her move to exempt law enforcement unions from her pension reform plan, in order to win their endorsement.

Then there's still the controversy from Whitman's camp. Last month, her former housekeeper, Nicky Diaz, came-out and accused the former eBay CEO of knowingly hiring the illegal immigrant and then firing her after 9 years, just before her run for governor.

Polls show that Whitman took a hit after that controversy came to light.

In Tuesday night's debate, Brown, will most likely have to address the "whore" comment by his staffer, even though his camp has already publicly apologized for that. Whitman though will have to be prepared to address what prompted that sexist slur -- her move on exempting police unions on the pension issue.

While most Californians have decided who they're going to vote for on November 2, many of the undecided are women and both sides will be speaking to them.

The one hour debate starts at 6:30 Tuesday night at Dominican University in San Rafael. It will be moderated by former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw.


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