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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom isn't on board with the idea some fellow Democrats have raised to target GOP districts with steeper budget cuts if Republican legislators fail to support a budget deal that involves continuing higher tax rates.

"That's not the fault of those that are in those districts that their leadership are recalcitrant and I don't think we should hurt those who need us the most," Newsom told reporters on the first day of the state party's three-day convention.

The San Francisco Democrat said he believes legislators will be able to come to an agreement to resolve the remaining $15.4 billion deficit without resorting to an all-cuts solution. But he said while he supports Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to ask voters to ratify $11 billion in higher tax rates, he sees a scenario where it would be "acceptable" for Brown to go back on that pledge.

Find out what that would be and see his full argument against targeting GOP districts with cuts in the video clips below.



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