Capitol and California – Governor 2010

Published: Saturday, Apr. 10, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner, well behind in the polls, has begun airing an ad linking rival Meg Whitman to people and issues unpopular with state Republican voters. Following is the text of the ad and an analysis by Bee Political Editor Amy Chance:

TEXT: “Is Meg Whitman your kind of Republican? She supports Obama’s amnesty for illegal aliens. Like Schwarzenegger, will continue taxpayer-funded benefits to illegals. A skyrocketing cost under Obamacare. For 28 years Whitman refused to vote Republican. But she contributed to, and campaigned, for Barbara Boxer. Like Boxer, Whitman supports taxpayer-funded abortion. Whitman even supported the disastrous bank bailout. After Arnold, don’t we deserve a Republican?”

ANALYSIS: It’s true that Whitman supported the bank bailout and contributed to Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. Just about everything else in the ad is either misleading or simply false:

• “Amnesty” is a hot-button term that exaggerates Whitman’s views on illegal immigration. She said in October she supports a policy “where people stand at the back of the line, they pay a fine, they do some things that would ultimately allow a path to legalization.” Now she says she was referring to creating a guest worker program.

• Whitman generally supports providing basic services such as health care and K-12 education (which is required by federal law) to illegal immigrants. But she proposes barring illegal immigrants from attending public colleges and universities altogether. Poizner wants to require illegal immigrants attending state universities and colleges to pay out-of-state tuition but has not proposed barring their admission.

• The ad suggests that Whitman supported President Barack Obama’s health care bill. But she’s actually said that as governor she would encourage the state attorney general to sue to overturn it.

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