Skip to comments.Arnold Schwarzenegger on the issues
Posted on 08/27/2003 8:11:34 PM PDT by Tancredo Fan
Arnold Schwarzenegger on the issues
The Associated Press - 8/27/03
Arnold Schwarzenegger gave his most detailed comments to date on a range of social and policy issues Wednesday when he appeared on the Sean Hannity and Larry Elder syndicated talk-radio programs. Here are some of the positions he staked out:
_Told Hannity he is "pro-choice" but opposes the late-stage procedures described as "partial-birth" abortions. Asked whether he is in favor of parental notification when minors seek abortions, he replied, "I am. But in some cases when there is abuse in the family or problems in the family, then the courts should decide."
_Said he did not support gay marriage but "I do support domestic partnerships." He said marriage should be between a man and a woman.
_Said he supports a ban on assault weapons, trigger locks under some circumstances and the Brady Bill, which requires background checks on gun purchasers. "I feel that it's important to have, and also I would like to close the loophole of the gun shows," he said, referring to a legal provision that allows unchecked sales at gun shows. But he added, "I think that people should have the right to bear arms."
PRAYER IN SCHOOLS
_"I believe in prayer in school and I think it should be up to the schools, you know, what religion they belong and what direction they want to go," he said.
_Said companies should not be permitted to drill for oil off California's coast. "I think that we should stop the oil drilling and I think that our state government and federal government should negotiate to buy back the leases," he said.
_Indicated support for some form of vouchers. "With No Child Left Behind Act that President Bush has put forward you have a chance that if your school has failed that you can go and take your child to another school," he said. "I believe in that. I think it gives us choices, gives the parents choices, which is extremely important."
_Said he had not yet taken a position on affirmative action or on Proposition 54, the initiative that will appear on the recall ballot and would ban the state from collecting most racial data.
_Said drug legalization was "a bad idea" but he supported legalized medicinal marijuana.
_Indicated support for allowing undocumented immigrants already in the country to remain here, but a spokesman said later he was not specifically proposing an amnesty program.
_Said he opposed legislation to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, but that services for illegal immigrants was a complicated issue that was mostly up to the federal government.
_Said Proposition 187, the 1994 measure that denied many services to illegal immigrants, was "history" because it has been largely voided by the courts. He supported the proposition at the time voters approved it. "Now we have to move forward with the whole thing and to look at it, what we're going to do with all the people that are undocumented immigrants here in this state. What should we do? Should we have them to stay here, which I think is the right way to do, but how do you then include them in our society, how do you make it official, how do you make it legal?" he said. He added he would try to team up with other states with large immigrant populations and lobby the federal government to address the issue.
_Refused to take a pledge not to raise taxes, but pledged to raise them only if there was a state emergency.
Published: Wednesday, August 27, 2003 18:09 PDT
This guy is a Libertarian
The only reason he running as a Republican is he knows he wouldn't have a chance
running as a Libertarian
Maybe it's not greed but positioning for 2006. Let's assume that Arnold will be happy with 3 years and then want out. He has Buffet on board because they need to reorg the state and it's debt structure.
McClintock knows he can't win but a socially liberal Republican can so a deal gets struck. McClintock bows out with the understanding that if Arnold doesn't run again that he endorses Tom. Riordan will be too old and Arnold can at least get the state thinking economically conservative again.
Arnold responded frankly and without equivocation. No wonder he's at 48%.
The more shrill his opponents of all stripe become, the more their numbers shrink.
A state with a large majority of Democrat voters, which elected and re-elected a Democrat governor (and lieutenant governor), two Democrat U.S. Senators, and a Democrat legislature is--for the first time in history--recalling its governor and electing a candidate who will fix the fiscal problems.
Go to a libertarian gathering some time and tell them you think banning assault weapons is a great idea but gun laws need to be even MORE "stiffer", and that you want to spend billions of dollars having universal after school programs "for the children" and lots of other goodies because government has an "obligation" to provide "programs for all the people". See how far that gets you with REAL "libertarians".
Arinold is a LIBERAL, not a Libertarian.
BTW, the Republican Liberty Caucus is firmly in McClintock's camp and won't go near "libertarian" Arinold.
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