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CA: Schwarzenegger enlists McCain to help ailing initiatives campaign
ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 10/10/05 | Michael R. Blood -ap

Posted on 10/10/2005 3:44:07 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

BURBANK, Calif. - With his popularity at an all-time low, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger turned Monday to another political star - Sen. John McCain - to help sell his November ballot proposals to a skeptical public.

In a brief, joint appearance with the governor in a hotel conference room, the Arizona senator urged California voters to support the four initiatives backed by Schwarzenegger on the special election ballot. They said little about the specifics of the proposals and instead depicted them broadly as an important step in efforts to make government more accountable.

"I have campaigned for reform efforts all over the country," McCain said. "What happens in California has significant effect in states like mine that are nearby. It's just a reality."

Schwarzenegger is pushing a quartet of proposals that he has described as medicine for a sickly government.

They would strip political clout from public employee unions, give the governor a tighter grip on state spending, toughen tenure requirements for teachers and deny legislators the power to draw their own district boundaries.

The election has created a showdown between the Republican governor and the unions, with both sides raising millions of dollars for the campaign.

McCain was particularly critical of allowing officeholders a hand in how districts are created, saying the current system has given "permanent incumbency status" to members of Congress and the state Legislature. The proposal backed by the governor would designate a panel of retired judges to carve out districts, a change supporters have said would create a more moderate, less gridlock-prone Legislature.

"We need more competitive races," said McCain, known nationally for his efforts to retool the campaign-finance system. "We need the voice of moderation."

McCain's visit comes at a crucial time for Schwarzenegger. With the election less than a month away, three of the four initiatives he supports are trailing in polls, and many Californians have turned cold on his leadership.

Once a politician without peer in the state, Schwarzenegger's popularity collapsed after months of squabbling with firefighters, nurses and teachers who oppose his policies and ballot initiatives.

Recent polls have found only one in three voters approve of Schwarzenegger's performance, and he is broadly unpopular within some key voter groups, including independents and Hispanics.

One of the governor's other problems is time - some voters have already received vote-by-mail ballots. But those same polls show a significant number of voters has yet to focus on the election, suggesting their votes are in play.

"The governor's initiatives are running behind but he still has a chance to turn opinion around," said John Pitney, a political scientist at Claremont McKenna College, who once worked as an analyst for House Republicans.

The governor must "frame the issue as a referendum on whether Sacramento is working," Pitney said. "If the opposition frames it as referendum on Schwarzenegger ... the initiatives are in trouble."

McCain was scheduled to accompany Schwarzenegger to Oakland for a second event.

Roger Salazar, a consultant to the California Democratic Party, said McCain would do little to help Schwarzenegger's cause.

"John McCain was here campaigning for President Bush and (former U.S. Senate candidate) Bill Jones. He didn't do much for them," Salazar said. "Californians can make up their own minds."

The governor called the special election to bring three initiatives to the ballot: whether to cap state spending and give the governor greater authority to make midyear cuts, whether to make teachers work five years instead of two to pass probation, and whether to strip lawmakers of their power to draw political boundaries. He has since endorsed a fourth proposal that would require public employee unions to get members' permission before dues could be used for political purposes.

Schwarzenegger and McCain appeared to enjoy sharing the stage Monday, but they haven't always agreed. The governor and McCain backed rival candidates this month in an Orange County special election for a vacant U.S. House seat. The governor's hand-picked candidate, state Sen. John Campbell, easily captured the Republican nomination.

McCain was asked about the glut of special interest money pouring into the California election. He didn't fault Schwarzenegger, saying the governor "played by the rules of the game."

"Do I like the game?" McCain added. "No."


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: ailing; arnoldlegacy; california; campaign; enlists; help; initiatives; mccain; prop77; reapportionment; redistricting; schwarzenegger

1 posted on 10/10/2005 3:44:11 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Yeah ... that'll help


2 posted on 10/10/2005 3:46:26 PM PDT by clamper1797 (Proud member of the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club 1972-1973 and VA-93 Blue Blazers)
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To: NormsRevenge
McCain was asked about the glut of special interest money pouring into the California election. He didn't fault Schwarzenegger, saying the governor "played by the rules of the game."

You can't fight with pigs without getting a little mud on you.

3 posted on 10/10/2005 3:46:42 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: NormsRevenge
...McCain..."We need the voice of moderation."

He wants more 'friends'(R) in congress. Sorry Johnny boy--I'm voting NO on 77.

4 posted on 10/10/2005 3:48:21 PM PDT by calcowgirl
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To: NormsRevenge

Oh good grief! AZ almost recalled that idiot - why on earth would anybody use that jerk?

Looks like I need to send Arnold another note! I think this will do much more damage than good.


5 posted on 10/10/2005 3:48:31 PM PDT by CyberAnt (America has the greatest military on the face of the earth.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sen. John McCain (R-Ar), speaks next to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) as he endorses Schwarzenegger's reform agenda at a news conference in Burbank, California, October 10, 2005. McCain has endorsed the four initiatives favored by the governor, which would curb the power of the Democrat-controlled Legislature and their allied public employee unions. REUTERS/Jim Ruymen


6 posted on 10/10/2005 3:49:11 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: calcowgirl

BUMP


7 posted on 10/10/2005 3:50:03 PM PDT by calrighty ( Terrorists are like cockroaches . Kill em all soon, so they can find out there ain't no virgins)
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To: clamper1797
Yeah ... that'll help

That was my reaction.

8 posted on 10/10/2005 3:50:19 PM PDT by FOG724 (Down with the sickness - Disturbed)
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To: clamper1797
Yeah, won't it.

Conservatives just love McCain.

Figures, though. One RINO helping another RINO.

9 posted on 10/10/2005 3:52:50 PM PDT by Czar (StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: NormsRevenge

RINOs...

RINOs who need RINOs...

Are the luckiest RINOs in the world...


10 posted on 10/10/2005 3:53:06 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (When you hear the sound of hooves, look for horses, not zebras.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"The governor's initiatives are running behind but he still has a chance to turn opinion around," said John Pitney, a political scientist at Claremont McKenna College, who once worked as an analyst for House Republicans.

When one's opponents practice self-deception, it makes victory easier.

11 posted on 10/10/2005 3:53:18 PM PDT by sourcery (Givernment: The way the average voter spells "government.")
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To: NormsRevenge

Great! Just when the polls were showing the chances improving Arnold blows it!! Just what California needs, another idiot senator interfering in our politics. The two we have aren't obnoxious enough!~!!!


12 posted on 10/10/2005 3:55:07 PM PDT by Primetimedonna
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To: NormsRevenge

13 posted on 10/10/2005 4:03:08 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: sourcery

Ummm... That poll is what is deceptive, imo.
Since KABC nor KPIX (who paid for it) ever published it, I think they must have agreed.


14 posted on 10/10/2005 4:10:47 PM PDT by calcowgirl
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To: NormsRevenge

wow beauty and the beast.


15 posted on 10/10/2005 4:12:08 PM PDT by rodguy911 (Time to get rid of the UN and the ACLU and all Mosques in the US,UK.)
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To: NormsRevenge
McCain was particularly critical of allowing officeholders a hand in how districts are created, saying the current system has given "permanent incumbency status" to members of Congress and the state Legislature.
McShame is just jealous that the "permanent incumbency status" bestowed on Senators can also apply to other classes of politicians.
16 posted on 10/10/2005 4:12:50 PM PDT by steveegg (The quarterly FReepathon is the price you pay for FR...until enough people become monthlies!)
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To: rodguy911
wow beauty and the beast.

McShame to Arnie - "Of course, if anyone else calls you beast, I'll rip their lungs out."

17 posted on 10/10/2005 4:15:14 PM PDT by steveegg (The quarterly FReepathon is the price you pay for FR...until enough people become monthlies!)
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To: calcowgirl
Correction: Since KABC nor KPIX (who paid for it) never published it...
19 posted on 10/10/2005 4:18:54 PM PDT by calcowgirl
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To: CyberAnt

Oh good grief! AZ almost recalled that idiot - why on earth would anybody use that jerk?


Probably because there are more Democrats than Republicans in California and, in order to win, Arnold needs Democratic support for his initiatives. And we all know the Democrats like McCain so it could result in the additional votes he needs.


20 posted on 10/10/2005 4:37:14 PM PDT by redgirlinabluestate
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To: steveegg
My worst nightmare is McPain on the ticket for 08.I pray it doesn't happen.
21 posted on 10/10/2005 4:51:37 PM PDT by rodguy911 (Time to get rid of the UN and the ACLU and all Mosques in the US,UK.)
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To: rodguy911

ABH! Anybody But Hillary! (even McCain??)


22 posted on 10/10/2005 5:24:59 PM PDT by redgirlinabluestate
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To: FairOpinion

Ping. Didn't want you to miss this one.


23 posted on 10/10/2005 10:40:51 PM PDT by calcowgirl
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