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Voter Alert: Schwarzenegger Speaks Out, McAuliffe Believes Clark Will Run

Aired August 28, 2003 - 11:33   ET

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FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: After weeks of sticking to familiar turf, Arnold Schwarzenegger is now branching out. Judy Woodruff has more in our "Voter Alert" -- Judy.
JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, Fredricka. Well the few public appearances Arnold Schwarzenegger have made have been in the Los Angeles-area, but today the actor-turned-candidate for governor turns north to Fresno for some old-fashioned meet the people politicking.

Schwarzenegger also has delved somewhat deeper to the issues during his efforts to court the conservative talk radio crowd. Our Bob Franken has been keeping his ear on the airwaves. Bob, what is he saying?

BOB FRANKEN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, we're sort of getting a very, very slow revelation of some of the views of Arnold Schwarzenegger. He went to talk radio in the last several days to discuss some of them. Some of them we've known about, some of them we've not, some of them liberal, some of them not.

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SEAN HANNITY, TALK RADIO HOST: Do you support gay marriage?

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER (R), CALIF. GOV. CANDIDATE: I do support domestic partnership.

HANNITY: But not gay marriage?

SCHWARZENEGGER: No. I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.

HANNITY: Do you support the Brady Bill or the Assault Weapons Ban or both?

SCHWARZENEGGER: Yes, I do support that. And also I would like to close the loophole of the gun shows.

HANNITY: OK, do you support affirmative action?

SCHWARZENEGGER: We have not gotten into affirmative action and Proposition 54.

HANNITY: Would you think drug legalization is a bad idea? SCHWARZENEGGER: It's a bad idea, yes. Although I would legalize, you know, the medical...

HANNITY: Marijuana?

SCHWARZENEGGER: Exactly.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

FRANKEN: And would he support offshore oil drilling? Schwarzenegger, absolutely not.

So we heard about some of the social views, Judy. We have not heard much more about the specifics of his plan to rescue California from its economic problems -- Judy.

WOODRUFF: So that is certainly till is to come. All right, Bob Franken watching the recall in California.

Well Arnold Schwarzenegger's role as political outsider is balanced by his team of advisers, many of whom are long-time Republican Party officials. Former cabinet secretary George Shultz is among those part veterans. He tells CNN that a Schwarzenegger victory will change the way business gets done in California.

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GEORGE SHULTZ, SCHWARZENEGGER ADVISER: Here we have an election, he's making his position clear. His main opposition, Cruz Bustamante, has said he thinks the answer is to raise taxes on everybody. So there's going to be an election about that. If he wins, particularly if he wins big, then that is a message to the people in Sacramento that the people are fed up with what they've been doing and want to have a change.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WOODRUFF: And a quick note on presidential politics. Add Democratic Party Chairman Terry McAuliffe to the list of people who expect retired General Wesley Clark to run for president. "The Des Moines Register" reports that McAuliffe told Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack yesterday that he thinks Clark will enter the race.

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Representative John Lewis was the youngest civil rights leader to speak at the march on Washington. Today he is the only one still alive. And he will join me at 4:00 p.m. Eastern when I go "INSIDE POLITICS." But for now, let's go back to Fredricka in Atlanta.

WHITFIELD: All right, thanks a lot, Judy.

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