LOS ANGELES – Jerry Brown spent much of the 1990s bashing Bill Clinton as everything from a stooge for corporate interests to an enemy of civil rights.
That bitter feud, which began when both men ran for president in 1992, became the stuff of Democratic Party lore. Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman spotlighted it last month in TV ads attacking Brown, who's challenging her in the governor's race.
All appeared to be forgotten, however, on Friday night, when Clinton hit the campaign trail for his former foe in one of the oddest political reunions of the election year.
With the 72-year-old candidate standing beside him, Clinton told several hundred supporters gathered in UCLA's Dickson Court that Brown had proved as a former governor, mayor of Oakland and the state's current attorney general that he could break the state's economic and political gridlock.
Clinton also championed San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's run for lieutenant governor, highlighting the 43-year-old candidate's alternative energy policy.
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