Schwarzenegger's Appearance on Sacramento TV Forum Prompts Criticism

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Governor’s initiatives on next month’s special election ballot were likely foremost on his mind during the taping of the special one-hour program to be aired Saturday on Spanish language Univision affiliates.  But a wider field of questions came his way, including some on drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants.

  “As long as we don’t get a clear understanding from the federal government, we really won’t know what the guidelines are and who we should give drivers license to…”

On the propositions, he managed to squeeze in a few explanations...  However, spokesman Roger Salazar with the Union-backed Alliance for a Better California questioned why the forum did not include the opponents. He also noted that Univision’s owner is a large donor to the Governor’s campaign. 

“When the Governor calls for a special election and he’s arguing for an initiatives that he wants to pass and he put on the ballot, you ought to be able to have both sides argue the point.”

A spokesman for Schwarzenegger says the ground rules and participants were not dictated by the Governor. The Alliance for a Better California has written a letter requesting equal time on the issues.