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Don't expect Attorney General Jerry Brown to actually admit that he's running for governor anytime soon.

"People are worried about the economy, they're looking to Washington, they're worried about the budget. Most of them are not going to dial up on the campaign yet," he told the San Francisco Chronicle in an interview.

Brown sounded off on all manner of topics -- from his 1980 presidential campaign slogan to his would-be wealthy GOP opponents.

Asked if the Republicans posed a threat, he said, "You bet they do. You spend $150 million, you spend $2 million a week attacking the Democrats ... attacking their character," he said. "That's very serious stuff.''

As for not campaigning yet, he said:

"Maybe others have to reach out, they have to introduce themselves," he said. And some are encouraged by "paid political consultants who colonize the political process."

In other 2010 news: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom campaigned in the hometown of his rival, Attorney General Jerry Brown on Tuesday. Oakland Tribune.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Washington D.C. looking for more money for his hometown. Los Angeles Daily News.



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