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Gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman won't trade blows on the airwaves for listeners of San Francisco's KGO Newstalk 810 AM radio tomorrow morning.

The candidates, who participated in two televised debates last week, were expected to participate in another debate broadcast during the three-hour daily program hosted by talk radio host Ronn Owens. News broke this morning that tomorrow's debate has been canceled.

KGO news producer Claudia Lamb said the debate was called off because of campaign "scheduling conflicts." KGO marketing director Janet Magleby said to her knowledge both campaigns had confirmed that they would participate weeks ago.

Both campaigns disputed the suggestion that the debate was ever a sure thing.

San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci, who first reported the news, quoted Brown spokesman Sterling Clifford as saying the debate plans had been in "discussion" mode and the campaigns had reached a "mutual agreement" not to attend. The Whitman campaign expressed a similar view.


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