The candidates similarly tussled over whose position was best on immigration and global warming. In both cases, Poizner tacked rightward and Whitman allowed for some nuance.
Poizner blamed the state's anti-global-warming measure (AB 32) for escalating California's jobless rate -- even though much of the law was not in effect when the unemployment rate took off. He said he would take the measure off the table until joblessness eased dramatically and for an extended time. He said he would impose a "dedicated dispute resolution system" to push through manufacturing projects in one year or less.
Whitman countered that she wanted a one-year moratorium on all new regulations, not just AB 32, and said regulations should be streamlined so approvals could be had in two months.
"Let's stop the madness and streamline the regulations we have," she said, asserting that California needed to control the market in green technology.