Lost amid the rhetorical crossfire in last night's gubernatorial debate, Democratic candidate Jerry Brown broke some news by announcing that President Barack Obama will be hitting the campaign trail in California.
"Yes, he's coming to campaign for me, and I'm very happy with that," Brown said, when asked about his views of the president. "I think in a tough time, this man has created a stimulus, he helped stabilize our banks, we got a health care plan that people since Harry Truman have been trying to get enacted."
Brown spokesman Sterling Clifford said later that Obama is tentatively scheduled to join Brown and the rest of the state Democratic ticket in Los Angeles on Oct. 22 for a rally.
Obama remains relatively popular in California, with the latest Field Poll giving him a 53 percent approval rating. The Gallup poll shows the president with a 45 percent approval rating nationwide.
Photo: President Barack Obama speaks about Iraq and Afghanistan on Aug. 2, 2010, at the Disabled American Veterans national convention in Atlanta. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)