Jerry Brown stresses experience, bipartisanship

Carla Marinucci,Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writers

(03-03) 19:06 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- Democrat Jerry Brown - acknowledging he's more pragmatic and centrist than when he was California governor three decades ago - said Wednesday that if elected again he will bring Republicans and Democrats together with "businesspeople, union people and Tea Party people" to produce an "honest" state budget.

"It's not going to have anything in it that I'm not sure we can accommodate," he said, adding that to solve California's $20 billion budget deficit, "it's going to take certainly two years - maybe longer," he said. "But I will be patient as needed, and I will tell the truth in ways (that hasn't happened) in years past."

Brown's comments came one day after he announced that he would run for an unprecedented third term as California governor.

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