Central Valley Residents React To Governor's Re-election Bid

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(Modesto, CA)
Friday, September 16, 2005

Customers at a Modesto bookstore have strong opinions about Governor Schwarzenegger's re-election announcement.  Angela Mertz, a nurse from Ripon is disappointed. She cites the governor's opposition to lower nurse to patient ratios in hospitals.

" He is not going to suffer, because when he goes for medical care, he gets to go to the most elite top notch place and get one-on-one nursing care."

Lodi businessman Michael Fillman was one of a number of people who say Schwarzenegger has handled the state's budget deficit effectively.

"I think he's done an outstanding job, so I can only tell you that I hope he's re-elected."

Schwarzenegger took office in 2003 during an unprecedented recall of then-Governor Gray Davis.  He must overcome sagging public opinion to win a second term. A recent Field Poll found only 36 percent of California voters would re-elect him.