Gov. Jerry Brown will debate Republican Neel Kashkari in Sacramento early next month, the only debate the incumbent governor will participate in ahead of the November election, his campaign said Monday.
Brown, who leads Kashkari by a wide margin both in fundraising and public opinion polls, previously said he was unsure if he would debate Kashkari. The little-known Republican has pressed Brown to debate him 10 times, echoing a call Brown made four years ago in his race against Meg Whitman.
The one-hour debate, on Sept. 4, was first reported Monday by KQED News, one of the producers of the event. It comes relatively early in the race, and Dan Newman, a spokesman for Brown, said it is the only debate invitation the governor will accept.
KQED reported that the debate is being produced jointly with the Los Angeles Times, The California Channel and Telemundo California. The report said The California Channel will air the debate and offer a satellite feed to television stations around the state, and that Telemundo stations will broadcast a translated version of the debate in major media markets. Newman said the debate will be held at The California Channel’s Sacramento studios.
Brown has declined a debate invitation from a Sacramento-based consortium including The Sacramento Bee, KCRA, Capital Public Radio and California State University, Sacramento. The same media partners sponsored a debate between Brown and Whitman in 2010.