October 24th, 2007, 06:45 PM #1
"Serve The People, Not The Party"
Calif. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Warns Republicans To "Serve The People, Not The Party"
Julie Farby - AHN News Writer
Sacramento, CA (AHN)-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is urging fellow Republican politicians to seize the "middle ground" on the important issues such as healthcare reform and education ahead of next year's election.
Schwarzenegger, who manages to enjoy widespread support in an overwhelmingly liberal state, is hoping that fellow GOP party members heed his advice, or face defeat in the 2008 presidential elections and beyond.
During an interview with the Financial Times, Schwarzenegger, who enacted sweeping health insurance reforms and climate-change legislation in California, said the most important quality in a politician is loyalty to the people, not the party.
"I feel because I have good approval ratings, and because I won a Democrat state with 57 percent of the votes, that...I can get people to cross party lines," he said.
"Every decision has to be based on what is the best for the people, how can I serve the people, rather than how can I serve my party," Schwarzenegger added.
Governor Schwarzenegger also said he would welcome a presidential bid from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is mulling running for the White House as an independent candidate. Schwarzenegger called Bloomberg a "miracle worker" for his ability to transcend party lines and get elected mayor in a state that is traditionally known for being overwhelmingly Democratic.
I have to say that this may be one of the few examples around the country where a politician really understands his role. As a moderate liberal I really wasn't a big fan of Arnold when he was first elected, but he has gradually, continually changed my mind.
October 24th, 2007, 06:51 PM #2
Sure...if he didn't pander to the loons out in California, he wouldn't be Governor to begin with. He knows how to play the game.
October 24th, 2007, 06:52 PM #3
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Why do you think you like Arnie these days? Probably because the Republicans are turning on him.
Even though I haven't agreed with all of the things he has done while governor, he has done some things I hope will help slowly turn this state around.
October 24th, 2007, 06:58 PM #4Sure...if he didn't pander to the loons out in California, he wouldn't be Governor to begin with. He knows how to play the game.
October 24th, 2007, 07:04 PM #5
"The people"...sounds like something Stalin would say. "The people" don't have the same needs. He's reforming health care? I wonder how many would rather it not be reformed?
"Climate-change legislation"? What in God's name is that? HUMANS DON'T CONTROL THE CLIMATE ANYMORE THAN WE CONTROL RAIN. It's just more ridiculous stuff that the green environmentalists think is necessary...yet they don't allow you to cut the brush back, so monstrous fires, like the current one, burn down homes. Not to mention all the carbon pollution. THINK OF THE CARBON FOOTPRINT!!!
October 24th, 2007, 07:27 PM #6I wonder how many would rather it not be reformed?
HUMANS DON'T CONTROL THE CLIMATE ANYMORE THAN WE CONTROL RAIN.
October 24th, 2007, 07:53 PM #7
October 24th, 2007, 08:10 PM #8Since when do representatives, anywhere, do what the people want them to do?
I've yet to see proof of that.
October 24th, 2007, 08:12 PM #9
October 24th, 2007, 08:28 PM #10
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October 25th, 2007, 01:30 AM #11
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I think so too! All politicians really need to look at serving the people than the party. Ignore the whip!
I think this country needs a non-partisan political leader right now. The constitution should be amended to allow him to run for President one day. I mean this country is a melting pot. What were the framers thinking? I know what they were thinking, but there are elections etc. Not like any foreigner can become President.
In fact, with this current crisis in California, it does show exactly that he indeed serves the people and not the party. Yet, some want to politicize it.
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