Why Brown, Whitman backed out of radio debate

10/5/2010 | San Francisco Chronicle

The gubernatorial campaigns for Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman both claim today's long-planned debate with NAB Marconi Award winner Ronn Owens as moderator on KGO-AM, which was canceled, had not been firmed up. But writer Carla Marinucci believes other political considerations motivated their decision to back out of their only radio contest. The candidates "kicked a rare opportunity to discuss issues in a setting where their answers wouldn't actually be limited to 60 seconds, and they might have real back-and-forth -- a real debate! -- with a tough broadcaster and actual voters on the air," she writes.

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