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California / Governor Recall / The Candidates / Huffington Interview / Jeffe Interview #734501

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 06, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Studio: Jeff Greenfield) The rise of the politicians in the California governor's recall election featured; details given of the questions about the unconventional candidates in the wake of President Ronald Reagan, Senator Bill Bradley, Governor Jesse Ventura & presidential candidate Ross Perot. [On "The Tonight Show," actor Arnold SCHWARZENEGGER - announces he will run for governor.] [SCHWARZENEGGER - says he will clean house in Sacramento.] The question now of whether the Democrats will put a candidate on the recall ballot in the next five days outlined. The poll findings indicating a voter hesitancy about Schwarzenegger, how Arnold has to campaign, the importance of Senator Dianne Feinstein's withdrawal & who the big losers now are discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Taped interview held with California gubernatorial candidate Arianna Huffington. [HUFFINGTON - says she is gratified by Schwarzenegger's entrance into the race because the progressive agenda will have a better chance to be heard; calls it the "hybrid versus the hummer" race; states Arnold will run as a Bush Republican while she will campaign against the financial insanity of Bush economic policies; explains why she has been against the recall process & will come into the race as an independent to deal with the budget debacle; describes the across-the-spectrum Huffington voter.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with USC professor Sherry Bebitch Jeffe about California politics. [JEFFE - reacts to Schwarzenegger's unexpected decision to run after Feinstein's decision not to run changed the dynamics of the race; states former mayor Dick Riordan would have made a stronger candidate than Arnold; considers the chances for Republicans Bill Simon & Representative Darrell Issa, who is not a strong candidate; says she heard two Democrats have announced they will be entering the race; outlines what would happen if Governor Gray Davis resigned; outlines Schwarzenegger's chances of getting elected.]

Brown, Aaron;
Greenfield, Jeff

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