Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Schwarzenegger to Limbaugh: Results more important than ideology
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A day after declaring Rush Limbaugh "irrelevant," California GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger directly confronted the conservative commentator on his popular radio show, saying he thinks getting results is more important to him than maintaining an ideology.
"I have to ultimately make decisions that is based on bringing people together, bringing Democrats and Republicans together and really working for the people and trying to resolve issues -- if it is issues that have to do with the environment, or health care, or if it is creating more jobs, getting more businesses to California -- all of those decisions," Schwarzenegger told Limbaugh Wednesday. "I have to make tough decisions every day.
"So what you guys are talking about -- the ideology, the philosophy, the Right vs. the Left -- I cannot deal with that as much, because to me what is important is that I bring both of the parties together and make things work to serve the people," he added.
Limbaugh told Schwarzenegger that he disagreed with his strategy.
"I am all for bringing people together, but not for compromising principles in the process," Limbaugh responded. "I have said that your compromise looks more like agreeing with liberals than maintaining your natural conservative beliefs."
Earlier in the week, Limbaugh declared Schwarzenegger a "closet liberal" who had "sold out" on Republicans.(Watch video: CNN's Carol Costello reports on Limbaugh's comments)
"Arnold Schwarzenegger has done the typical sellout move," Limbaugh said. "He has sold out, and there are too many conservatives selling out these days. You can find 'em all over Washington, DC."
Schwarzenegger took issue with Limbaugh's assessment and addressed it during Wednesday's appearance.
"It's not selling out, it's just doing the work for the people," Schwarzenegger said.
"I pay very little attention if someone criticizes me or calls me -- that I'm turning left, that I'm selling out or whatever," he added. "I have to stay focused on results."
-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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