Did Whitman miss a golden opportunity?

California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman addresses the media at a campaign stop at Sneakskicks Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
October 27, 2010 4:34:13 PM PDT
The California race for governor took an interesting twist Tuesday at Maria Shriver's annual California Women's Conference in Long Beach.

In addition to speakers Shriver and First Lady Michelle Obama, Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman were interviewed jointly by Today Show host Matt Lauer. The exchange got very interesting when Lauer asked both candidates if they would agree to pull their negative campaign ads from the airwaves.

The crowd cheered, but their responses quickly changed once the candidates answered. Some are saying that Meg Whitman lost the election in that moment. Others are saying that Lauer had no right to sandbag the candidates that way and the question was a cheap, grandstanding ploy on his part.

What do you think?

Question of the Day: Should Meg Whitman have agreed to this challenge to pull negative ads or did she just blow it big time?

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