The guv cited Adams, Jefferson and Lincoln, then went up the ladder by invoking Jesus and Muhammad in his interview with Markeplace’s Kai Ryssdal yesterday. Best exchange:

Ryssdal: Why is it that this debate, Governor, happens on the far ends of the economic spectrum? We’re talking about cutting services for the most needy in our society and taxing the very richest. How do you reconcile that with an electorate that lives mostly in the middle?

Brown: Well, the electorate in the middle is telling every survey that they don’t want any more taxes. They are willing to see the taxes on the most affluent increase at least temporarily — if it’s for schools, for public safety and for the most vulnerable. So faced with a gap of $15.7 billion, I can either fold my tent and then just slash away, or I can give the voters an opportunity to say, ‘OK, we’d like to shoulder part of that burden.’

Audio, Transcript: Jerry Brown on Marketplace 25 May,2012Jon Brooks

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