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Guv-hopeful Gavin Newsom dismissed today speculation that President Clinton's endorsement of his gubernatorial bid is a swipe at Attorney General Jerry Brown, saying "I don't know that Bill Clinton is that petty."

Buzz about bad blood between Clinton and Brown, who both ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992, emerged shortly after news of the former president's plans to endorse Newsom hit the wires. Brown hasn't officially entered the race, but is widely expected to do so and has a lead over the San Francisco mayor in the polls and in campaign fundraising.

"This guy has been attacked not just by Jerry Brown but by the best of them. And I'm not sure he thinks about those things," Newsom said. "Does he forget those things? I don't know. It's a little too convenient to say it's just about that one moment, that it's just about one exchange. Politics is heated. That was nothing compared to what he's endured from real opponents."

Newsom made the remarks during an interview with The Bee's Jack Chang. Newsom, Brown and two GOP gubernatorial candidates spoke at a forum earlier today. Read more on that event here.



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