He had no other choice, Steve Poizner is trailing Meg Whitman in the polls by more than twenty points. The Republican gubernatorial debate was held at the Tech Museum in San Jose sunday.
For most of the debate Whitman was playing defense……
On Whitman’s Resignation from the Goldman Sachs Board Amid Controversy over here Receipt of Preferential Stock Deals as Ebay CEO:
Whitman: “As Donald Trump say’s , I fired them. I didn’t like the management. I didn’t like the culture,and I got off. I did not do anything wrong. With 20/20 hindsight,would I do it again? No, I could see afterwards what the conflict looked like”
Poizner’s Response: “Wow, you really don’t get this, Meg (Goldman Sachs) started to feed you these sweetheart deals, and you made a fortune, and …until you got caught you didn’t think you you did anything wrong. Ebay shareholders sued you and they sued you for a huge conflict of interest….The fact is your judgement was terrible back then.
On Whitman’s support for US senator Barbara Boxer in 2004
Whitman: “I did support Barbara Boxer…She was against new taxes on the internet.”
Poizner: “Because Barbara Boxer took a certain position on the internet tax that would personally benefit her and her investment funds. is that the way you make decisions about who to endorse?”
On Arizona’s Immigration Law
Poisner: ” I support what’s going on in Arizona. They’ve taken finally the power into their own hands to do something about illegal immigration… Clear Meg Whitman supports some from of ammnesty…Amnesty is a huge magnet and that’s a mistake.”
Whitman:” I understand the frustrations that Arizona has on this law. I have a better plan to stip illegal immigration… I am 100% percent against amnesty. But I can’t leave this subject without reminding everyone that legal immigration built this country. In the Central Valley we need a guest worker program that works for the agricultural industry.
Poizner hit hard, and Whitman’s inexperience is clear, however, what I have are transcripts, I did not see the debate.
If Poizner appeared too aggressive, it could backfire for him as it did Rick Lazio, when he debated Hillary Clinton in the New York Senate Race.
He may get traction from Goldman Sachs and Barbara Boxer. As this morning (monday) Poizer is on the airways. Meg Whtiman has avoided press conferences,on the net she is being called “Runaway Meg”. Her avoidance could backfire, (anyone remember Sarah Palin? Of the three candidates, she is the most controversal and the press has questions and they aren’t going away..
The argument over who is more conservative is laughable as both candidates are from the liberal Bay Area.. Poizner is going for broke, has painting himself so far to the right, (his support of Arizona’s Immigration law )if he wins the primary, this positioning will hurt him in fall. .
Whitman’s initial media blitz was very successful, she risks overload. Californians needs to get to her She needs to address those difficult questions as her opponents has.. In the debate. Her statement “legal immigration built this country was brilliant” are there more gems?
Her positions isn’t as polarizing as Poizner, however, she is up against Brown,who was born into politics, its in his blood. The last seven millionaire/billionaire self financed candidates have failed in this state.
All will be revealed in November