Dominican University in San Rafael announced today that Tom Brokaw will moderate the Oct. 12 debate between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman. The 6:30 p.m. debate will take place at Angelico Hall on the Dominican campus and will air on NBC stations around the state. Brokaw, anchor of the “NBC Nightly News” from 1982 to 2004, moderated the Oct. 7, 2008 Obama-McCain debate. In that debate, Brokaw enforced a no-response rule that appeared to frustrate Obama. At least one commentator labeled Brokaw’s performance as “terrible.” Going into the debate, critics on the left were concerned that Brokaw’s ties to the McCain campaign would make him a less than objective moderator. (Photo credit: Screen grab from NBC’s “Meet the Press,” 2008)

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  1. Brokaw's voice is very hard to understand. He talks as if he has a marble in his mouth and he is sitting inside a cave. But then again he has nothing else to do now. One thing I don't like about him is he is not an impartial moderator. He pretty much will grill Brown and smile at Whitman.

  2. You got to wonder how versed Brokaw is in current California politics. I realize he used to live in California when he was at KNBC back in the stone age, but I'll bet he has only a surface level understanding of the issues currently in the news.

  3. How difficult can it be to assemble a list of 10 to 20 questions to ask of candidates for California governor? And you have to import an outside voice to read them? Why?

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