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Remember when Gov. Jerry Brown made news at press conferences, not on Twitter?

Here is Brown, in this clip from KPIX-TV in San Francisco, announcing his candidacy for governor in 1974.

"Today, I'm announcing my candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor," he said. "It's a decision that I have arrived at after many months of reflection."

Later that year, Brown's father, former Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, gave KPIX-TV this assessment of his son's campaign:

"His speeches are better. His ability to handle a problem is better. His campaign is better," he said in this clip. "His speeches are better. His attitude towards human beings is better. I think that he's grown tremendously in a year. I think there was a little inferiority complex when he began. They all attacked him, I mean all four of those great Democratic candidates in the primaries. But after he overcame them he got that confidence, and now he's moving. And I really feel that he's the best thing I've seen in the political scene for the last four years."

The video clips are part of the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive, a project of the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University. Come back to Capitol Alert on Wednesday for more from the video archive, including clips from Brown's 1976 presidential campaign.


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