GOP gubernatorial candidate Kashkari faces tough task ahead
GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, who will face California's incumbent Governor Jerry Brown in the November general election, has admitted that the race for the governor is tough but he will run because he wants to rebuild the state's middle class.
Kashkari won the right to challenge incumbent Governor Brown after spending $2 million of his own money on campaigns and steering toward the conservative side of the highway in knocking off tea party favorite Tim Donnelly. Unlike his 2010 predecessor Meg Whitman, Kashkari does not have mega-deep pockets.
But, he is determined to help rebuild the middle class, which is in the facing tough challenge of a number of persistent issues, ranging from poverty to education.
In a recent interview, he said, "The odds are clearly tough, but here's the thing: I'm running for governor because I want to rebuild the middle class of California. We're literally ranked 47th out of 50 states for jobs. We're 46th for education, and we're No. 1 in poverty. I don't think that's right."
He stressed that he wanted to put Californians back to work and ensure that children receive good education. He also stressed on the need for streamlining regulations that are allegedly getting bigger and more difficult year after year, and hindering creation of new jobs. He added that the state should get rid of the old regulations that are no longer serving people well.
Kashkari also recalled that his parents reached the United States nearly five decades ago from India, and that his parents were not wealthy but they were educated, and thus they gave priority to his and his sister's education.
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