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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:47 AM
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TIME: How to Beat Schwarzenegger
How to Beat Schwarzenegger
Democratic challenger Phil Angelides, facing the governor's rebound in the polls, tries to cast himself as a Clinton populist
Posted Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has built his re-election campaign on a platform of "protecting the California dream." But this week his challenger, Democratic State Treasurer Phil Angelides, laid out his own dream theme, with a populist bent.

Trailing Schwarzenegger in the latest statewide Field poll by 8 points, Angelides signaled in a speech Wednesday that his strategy for catching up will include attacking the incumbent's record, tying Schwarzenegger to George W. Bush and positioning himself as a champion of the beleaguered middle class, in the Bill Clinton mold. "The promise of California was a birthright of the many, not a privilege of the few," Angelides said in his speech at the gymnasium of the Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood, flanked by union members and various Democratic officials. "That dream is in jeopardy because hardworking, middle-class families are working longer for less stagnant salaries, soaring gas prices, higher tuition for their kids and higher healthcare costs. We need a governor who will restore the promise of middle-class opportunity... and put hardworking families first."

Angelides appears to be heeding advice from party strategists about how to counter the gains Schwarzenegger has reaped from his recent shift to the political center. Last fall, voters had tagged the Governor as too extremist and rejected several of his special-election ballot proposals. His job approval ratings plummeted to 36%, before rebounding this summer to 49%. The consultants have said Angelides should outline for voters his rationale for rejecting the incumbent while articulating a vision that inspires his base and resonates with the state's big block of moderate voters.

"We're going to make a strong case that this election is a choice between a special-interest, status-quo governor and someone who will stand up for hardworking middle-class people," said Bill Carrick, media strategist for Angelides. He said the Democrat would also continue to link the Republican Governor to the unpopular Republican President, even though Schwarzenegger has made a show of distancing himself from Bush. "When Bush needed Schwarzenegger during his re-election campaign, he was happily at his side. And the Governor has followed the same high-deficit budget policy as this White House," Carrick says. "We are going to connect them in terms of politics and policies."...,8599,1228640,...
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Atman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:53 AM
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1. Sneak up behind him with a tire iron?
Oh, wait...I should have read the story. Never mind!

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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:54 AM
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2. Angelides has been working with and FOR the working class in California
for many years. Just because the MEDIA never reported on his unglamorous, consistent work they now have to claim that HE is changing instead of accurately reporting that they ignore the working class issues while they play suckup to the fascist agenda.
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mctrotter5 Donating Member (255 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:23 AM
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3. Phil Angelides needs to get this message out with a rush..I have heard
other Dems asking where is Phil? Every Cal Dem needs to help tell his story and get out the vote!
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tomreedtoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:33 AM
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4. Will someone tell the Democratic Presidential hopefuls, already?
This is the kind of message that the Party needs to run NATIONALLY. And while Al Gore's performance has been improving, I don't see him talking about ordinary people in terms of jobs, economics and working people. And forget Kerry or Clinton, the other "big three." Working people are near invisible to them.

This would be an excellent opportunity for Kucinich or Edwards to leap ahead of the Big Three Lame-o's and attract national attention. I wonder if they'll have the nerve to do it.
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