March 2nd, 2010
05:29 PM ET
8 years ago

Poizner hits airwaves, attacks Whitman

Steve Poizner's ad paints Meg Whitman as a 'liberal.'

Steve Poizner's ad paints Meg Whitman as a 'liberal.'

(CNN) - California gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner is putting heat on Republican primary rival Meg Whitman Tuesday, launching his first statewide television ad painting Whitman as a "liberal" who has engaged in "false negative attacks."

"California's in crisis. What's liberal Meg Whitman's weak response? False, negative attacks on Republican Steve Poizner's conservative solutions," the ad's narrator states. "Who can rescue California from liberal failure? Steve Poizner."

Poizner, the state's insurance commissioner, faces a 28 to 30 point deficit in a head-to-head matchups with Whitman, according to two surveys conducted in January. But the same poll showed nearly 4 in 10 Republican primary voters undecided. The primary is set for June 8.

Whitman, the billionaire former CEO of Ebay has run campaign ads for months introducing herself to voters and positioning herself as a moderate Republican.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    There aren't many conservatives in California, but perhaps Meg can show she is a centrist, and convince the voters they will be better off with somewhat of a conservative approach, especially in this economy.

    March 2, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Neither of them will win the general election against the former governor.

    March 2, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. mikey

    "Who can rescue California from liberal failure? Steve Poizner."

    I'm sorry but I'm pretty sure my Governor here in CA is Arnold... a republican...

    March 2, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Moderate

    I've heard Meg Whitman's ad's on the radio and she doesn't portray herself as a moderate. She may be moderate compared to Poizner but if you're on the extreme right, then everybody else is a liberal. I'm not impressed with either one.

    March 2, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Using the word "liberal" to describe your opponent is far more positive than calling someone a "conservative," as conservatives, on the average, are not very bright. It is going to be fun to watch these two morons beat each other up.

    March 2, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. Walter

    I'm not a Republican, so I don't care that much how Republicans treat each other. But in this case, there is a clear liar in the race and it's Whitman.

    March 2, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. david, CA

    leave it to a Republicon to attack a fellow GOPer with the false "liberal" label while blaming the woes of the state on "liberals" in the Capitol. Someone may want to point out to Pozner that that arch "liberal" Arnold S. (R) towed the GOP party line for the last eight years as Bush & Co. ran our economy into the ground.

    March 2, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. gg

    I've almost never heard anything more hilarious... two hard core reactionaries screaming "liberal" at each other. They would both almost be funny if they weren't so pathetic. And non-voter Whitman's TV ads in California attacking Poizner look like something from Monty Python's Flying Circus.

    March 2, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Jon In Madison

    How is this news?????? CNN has really lost touch with the rest of the world.

    March 2, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |

    Well, it looks like Poizner agrees... Republicans lie!!!

    March 2, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Conservatism is a mental disorder

    Two more brain dead Republicans.

    March 2, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Aunt Bea and Opie

    The real question is, whos going to take California off the edge first,the republicans or an earthquake?Im sure the bets in Vegas are soaring over this one.hahaha

    March 2, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |