(CNN) - California Gov. Jerry Brown said the United States is at a crossroads and faces a potentially "calamitous" election in 2012.
As demonstrated by the recent debate in Washington over the debt ceiling, the United States will decline if Democrats and Republicans are unable to compromise, Brown said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
"I think the only way out of this is going to be a vigorous election, where people lay out the stark alternatives, not muffle it like politicians like to do," the Democratic governor said.
Aug 7, 2011
Gov. Brown warns of tough 2012 fight
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