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Schwarzenegger recalls ties to Shriver

Schwarzenegger recalls ties to Shriver

He recalled a speech by "my father-in-law, Sargent Shriver, who started the Job Corps, the Peace Corps, legal aid to the poor and worked during the Kennedy administration." Shriver, he said, urged students to "tear down that mirror" and "look beyond and you will see the millions of people that need your help."

Schwarzenegger recalls ties to Shriver

Schwarzenegger Needs More Than GOP Can Give

By Michael Finnegan
Times Staff Writer

September 19, 2005

Caption: Schwarzenegger with wife Maria Shriver, Sargent Shriver, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's opening steps in the campaign for his November ballot measures illustrate the fragile balance he must strike to strengthen his Republican support while rebuilding his image as a centrist.

Schwarzenegger's challenge was on clear display over the weekend. On Saturday in Orange County, he roused a state Republican convention crowd with tough talk on blocking higher taxes, battling "union bosses" in Sacramento and stopping illegal immigrants from getting driver's licenses.

On Sunday in South Los Angeles, the Republican governor adjusted his message. Speaking to parishioners at a black church, he played up his wife's Kennedy family pedigree, government aid to fight poverty and the struggle for "equal education."

In a state where barely one in three voters is a registered Republican, Schwarzenegger has no choice but to reach beyond his party base.

[Excerpt]

With several thousand African Americans in seats surrounding Schwarzenegger as he spoke in the Faithdome church hall, the scene produced TV images that contrasted with those of his speech before the mainly white Anaheim crowd.

His remarks, too, were a long way from his Saturday speech against "union bosses." Instead, he stressed his support of social service programs. He recalled a speech by "my father-in-law, Sargent Shriver, who started the Job Corps, the Peace Corps, legal aid to the poor and worked during the Kennedy administration." Shriver, he said, urged students to "tear down that mirror" and "look beyond and you will see the millions of people that need your help."

"He challenged the students," Schwarzenegger said. "That had such an impact on me."

Schwarzenegger went on to tout his record on education spending, hotly disputed in television ads featuring teachers. (The state's schools budget has risen on his watch, but he broke a deal with education groups to raise minimum required spending to a set amount.) He also proclaimed the importance of improving public schools in all parts of the state.

"I'm talking about equal education," he told the crowd, touching off a round of applause. "Not just for some folks good education, for others not. I'm talking about equal education."

Copyright © 2005, The Los Angeles Times





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