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Jerry Brown, on ‘Face the Nation,’ tries to manage expectations

Sunday, April 29, 2012


Reflecting on the changed political landscape from when he was governor the first time around years ago, Jerry Brown tells CBS News correspondent Bob Schieffer that he’s learned patience as governor. An excerpt:
"Things that I was talking about 30 years ago—pension reform, renewable energy, completing the California water plan, high-speed rail, they're right at the top of the agenda today. So what do I say? Hey, you've got to take 30 years to get it done, because you can't get it done overnight, you can't get it in a term. But we're into instant gratification, get it done, if you don't do it in two years, you're a failure. Life doesn't work that way, at least from the point of view of somebody in their 74th year. It looks like things take longer, and now I'm kind of glad they do, because I still have something to do."

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