In a roundtable interview with reporters, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was first asked about the same-sex marriage issue. Despite his intention to veto the bill, gay rights advocates have unveiled a television ad in the hopes of swaying his opinion. Schwarzenegger says that won’t happen. He says the issue was decided five years ago by Proposition 22, which states that marriage is only between a man and a woman.
"It will be a terrible system and a terrible precedent, if we start going after laws that were passed by the people, because the next thing is to go after Prop. 13 and I think that’s not what the intention was, of having to take direct democracy and having people vote for it. So this is why I will not sign that bill.”
But it’s the special election that’s foremost on Schwarzenegger’s mind. He was asked about his comments to the San Francisco Chronicle about wanting President Bush to refrain from fundraising in California prior to November 8th.
“Because we need the money here in California because it’s all about California now, about reforming California. We need to raise a lot of money because we need to get the television spots on television to educate the people.”
As for television, Schwarzenegger’s campaign team has just unveiled two new television ads.They’re countering labor union ads that are already running.
In the Governor’s spot he mentions an initiative aimed at public employee unions—requiring them to have permission prior to using union dues for political purposes. To reporters, he echoed statements that he would support similar curbs on corporations.
“What is important is every person who contributes to political campaigns is asked if it is OK to take money out of their wallet or out of their profits, or whatever it is. It’s that simple.”
Democratic interests are skeptical that the Governor will follow through with support on their initiative aimed at business. They’ll likely have to wait ‘til next year to find out, as its backers are aiming that one for a ballot in 2006.