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Continued: California leader clashes with challenger on economy, education in state's only gov. debate

  • Article by: JULIET WILLIAMS , Associated Press
  • Last update: September 5, 2014 - 2:30 AM

"We have to do something," he said.

Kashkari said Brown is using the revenue from the climate change law to fund his $68 billion high-speed rail project, which Kashkari opposes.

Brown has steadfastly pursued the bullet train even in the face of declining public and federal support. He called the project an investment in the future that is cheaper than building more freeways, while Kashkari said the money could be better spent on more pressing needs such as water storage.

Brown is heavily favored to win re-election to what would be an unprecedented fourth term. A Field Poll released earlier Thursday showed him with an edge of 16 percentage points among likely voters.

He also has at least $23 million in his campaign account, while Kashkari, 41, reported having $200,000 in his account at the end of June and has collected just $650,000 since then.

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