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Brown was not allowed to reply, but quickly responded, "That is so false."
The governor continually touted what he termed a California comeback during his past four years in office, noting that he had helped turn years of multibillion dollar budget deficits into a surplus and said the state had gotten back nearly all the 1.4 million jobs it lost during the recession.
"California's not perfect, we've got our problems, but boy what momentum we now have," said Brown, who was governor the first time from 1975-83.
The lifelong politician, who also has been state attorney general and mayor of Oakland, also took a few shots at Kashkari's lack of experience. He said leading the federal bank bailout was not the same as brokering legislative compromises and governing a complex state such as California.
But Kashkari said Brown's lifetime in politics had left him out of touch with the middle class.
His campaign has focused on the unevenness of California's economic recovery, with Kashkari even posing this summer as a homeless man in Fresno over the summer to demonstrate how difficult it remains to get a job in some parts of the state.