Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown announced today that his campaign has accepted invitations to participate in 10 debates and forums scheduled before the Nov. 2 general election.
Debates to which Brown has RSVPed include events organized by CBS, NBC and Dominican University, Public Policy Institute of California and three California political blogs, CalBuzz, FlashReport.org and Calitics. The earliest scheduled debate would be late next month.
Brown's campaign used the invite acceptance to take a shot at rival Meg Whitman for declining to join him for a proposed series of joint town hall appearances around the state. The campaign called on Whitman, who has already agreed to participate in the Dominican debate, to accept invitations to the other nine that Brown has agreed to attend.
"Every one of these debates is hosted by a credible organization, guaranteeing a fair and open forum," Brown said in a statement. "There is no reason not to participate, no reason not to say what we really mean, and show the voters who we are."
UPDATE 3:25 p.m.: Whitman spokeswoman Sarah Pompei countered in a statement: "While Jerry Brown has been on the sidelines, Meg has been busily campaigning in front of real voters for a year and a half."
Pompei did not confirm Whitman's attendance at any additional debates, but said the campaign is "excited to review every debate option on a case by case basis and we will be weighing in accordingly."
See the list of scheduled debates Brown has agreed to after the jump.
CPR/KCRA/Univision/Sacramento Bee/UC Davis
CalBuzz/Flash Report/Calitics/SJSU/Commonwealth Club
The Women's Conference
ABC/League of Women Voters