September 22nd, 2009
03:22 PM ET
5 years ago

Whitman launches first ad of California governor's race

On the same day she officially announced her candidacy for California governor, Meg Whitman launched the first statewide ad of the 2010 campaign.
On the same day she officially announced her candidacy for California governor, Meg Whitman launched the first statewide ad of the 2010 campaign.

(CNN) - On the same day she officially announced her candidacy for California governor, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman launched the first statewide ad of the 2010 campaign - a 60-second radio spot highlighting the Republican's corporate credentials and experience creating jobs.

"California needs new leadership," the ad's narrator says. "We need someone with a proven ability at creating jobs. Who understands what growing businesses need. Who still believes government should be small, efficient and affordable. We need Meg Whitman."

The ad points to Whitman's stints with companies like Hasbro, Disney and Procter & Gamble, but focuses on her leadership at eBay, a core element of her candidacy. Listeners are told that she turned the Internet stat-up into a Fortune 500 company and created hundreds of jobs in California.

With heaps of money and backing from national Republicans like Mitt Romney and John McCain, Whitman is thought by many to be the frontrunner for the GOP nomination. Her main opponent in the Republican primary is California insurance commissioner Steve Poizner. If Whitman captures the GOP nomination, she may face California Attorney General Jerry Brown or San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in the general election.


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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Olivia

    Too bad, I only vote for Democrats. I learned my lesson. Sorry Meg.

    September 22, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. single mom

    Go, Whitman!
    I can't believe Newsom is running. After he tried to jam Prop 8 down the throats of voters – and I quote "It's coming, whether you like it or not!" – and was rejected, you would think the man had enough brain cells to realize that the rest of the state didn't feel the same way.

    Whitman is savvy and has an excellent track record in business. We need proven leadership from outside politics. We do NOT need career politicians who don't have a clue about what people are going through.

    September 22, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Julie

    Ebay rips off the small sellers and caters to the big sellers. If a small seller makes a complaint against a non-paying customer – the seller gets his rating lowered, What a rip=off company Meg Whitman has built ! – Corporatist will love her – the average person will hate her.

    September 22, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. SLM

    California could use a smart person with business sense to run our state, unfortunately we are a highly liberal state that loves to hand out tax payer money to illegals, welfare, free school lunches and every other entitlement program around. This state can't stand for common sense in balancing a budget, it's all about the freebies here........raise taxes, The Democratic way!

    Nope, we will elect some lunatic like Newsom.

    September 22, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Enough

    The Democratic contenders are the worst choices EVER. A choice between the San Francisco (same place that produced Pelosi) nut job Newsom, or Brown aka Governor Moon Beam!

    I'll take anyone over those two worthless choices. California is in deep doo doo, thanks to many years of Democratic control. They just LOVE to waste our money and raise our taxes.

    September 22, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    She won't win – thank goodness.

    September 22, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Amazing

    A smart woman with a brain and common sense solutions running for governor in California!! She'll never win, we are too stupid in this state to elect someone with a brain who can balance a budget.

    September 22, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Doug, New Jersey

    Sorry this is a lib state, a record of creating jobs gets trumped by a record of putting people on the government teet and making them lib takers for life.

    September 22, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Phat Elvis

    California is so screwed up. everyone wants services but no one wants to pay for them. and this isnt just services to the poor-its roads, bridges, school programs, recreation, etc. etc. it took Prop 13 25 years to turn that state from one of the most progressive to total gridlock. i dont know why anyone would want that job, Republican OR Democrat.

    September 22, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Will

    Hasn't this state learned its lesson by putting these 'half celeb-republican" fakes in office? How's Schwarzenegger working out for ya?

    She isn't the founder of ebay, just ran it after it got up and running-you guys should try and get the founder of ebay to run-after all, that person is the one that created Meg Whitman's job!

    September 22, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. Ken from missouri

    Get ready cali meg will have a across the board cut in every program
    in the state and every business will get tax advantages that people will only dream about this woman is a corporate boss who doesn't care about people only the bottom line.

    September 22, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Idiot_Pelosi

    Anybody but NEWSOME.......

    September 22, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. LacrosseMom

    Whitman is savvy and has an excellent track record in business. We need proven leadership from outside politics. We do NOT need career politicians who don't have a clue about what people are going through.
    ________________________________________________________

    You say "We do NOT need career politicians who don't have a clue about what people are going through." And a MULTI-Millionaire does?!

    Honestly. The people of CA already elected & have a GOP governor. Do you folks really think that another multi-millionaire will care about "what the people are going through?"

    September 22, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Linda B., Ga.

    Just what California needs another Republican running their state, NOT!

    September 22, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Oscar

    I am a staunch Democrat who will most likely be voting for this Republican candidate. Although I disagree with some of her social standings, we need an intelligent, business-saavy leader who will take our great state of California out of this horrible financial mess. Newsom and Brown are not ideal candidates, too much baggage.

    Whitman 2010.

    September 22, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Democrat, socialist, and proud of it!

    Um, the Governator is a "moderate" Rethuglicriminal. HE hasn't gotten us out of the financial mess CAUSED BY THE GREEDY POWER COMPANIES. Instead, he cuts vital services to the poor, the disabled, and the elderly.

    Gov. Davis HAD a solution; the Rethugs torpedoed him.

    It seems to ME that the Rethugs were responsible for Prop. 13, which froze the state's ability to raise property taxes.

    will vote Rethug when pigs file flight plans!

    September 22, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Vets4Obama

    Cool....a dimwit that knows how to sell stuff to the highest bidder. Like all republicans, junk for dollars. We've already seen what a republican governor can do to a state (Sanford and Schwarzeneggar). Thanks but no thanks. You all suck (like Bush).

    September 22, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. republicans hate america

    yeah look what she did for ebay she'll rip off the state of california too

    September 22, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. JR

    If she changes her party, I might consider her.

    September 22, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Christian Values

    This lady is a disaster. We've had a republican moron for eight years, as has South Carolina as has the country. All of them showed us how bad republicans are when they are in charge. Let's not elect any more retards (aka republicans). ANYTHING but a republican.

    September 22, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. JT

    She will not win. "GAVIN NEWSOME 2012" will win. He already have all the gay votes.

    September 22, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Meyer

    I am a staunch avid Republican Conservative. And I love Pelosi. Will vote for her in EVERY election because she is so great!

    September 22, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Frank in CA

    Ugh. Do we really want to look at this face for 4 years?

    September 22, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. ken

    The downside is, she is a republican...

    September 22, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Moderate Democrat

    This lady will give HUGE tax write offs to all businesses. Great, alot of businesses will be here but nobody will have jobs. It's a proven track record of these republican retards. Just look at Ca with it's current republican moron governor (garage sales...hmm, sounds like an ebay idiot).

    September 22, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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