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

Whitman launches first ad of California governor's race

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Steve (the real one)

    I don't think she will win. California is in love with the liberal agenda, high taxes and fees (which are taxes), Killing farms in the central valley while ensuring Pelosi's vineyards are throughly watered. Home to the 9th Circuit Court of appeals, Pledge of Allegience haters, liberal Hollywood activists, huge illegal population, highly liberal legislature!
    Sorry Meg! Cali's loss!

    September 22, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. We Won Get Over It

    Those republicans, they still think they are somebody.

    September 22, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Concerned in North Carolina

    As a former Californian, I have watched this state dragged through the mud by we go again. This woman ran a huge company into the dirt so she's well qualified to continue what Grey Davis began and what Arnold couldn't fix. I'm glad I moved to the East Coast!

    September 22, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Marie in California

    You go, Meg! You've got MY vote!

    I am appalled at what a chronically Democrat controlled state legislature and senate have done to California across the years. Over-taxed. Over-regulated. Spend. Spend. Spend.

    In the May 2009 special election Californians spoke out loud and clear......2 to1 they rejected new taxes and borrowing of any kind, while turning off pay raises for state legislators until they balance the budget.

    If Whitman can make a huge success of eBay and other companies, then maybe she can turn California around. It's time for California to be run more like a business and less like a massive entitlement and welfare program.

    Meg Whitman for California Governor!

    September 22, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. wisconsin

    Another corporate shill . . . . brought to you by the GOP . . . the party of We Only Like Big Corporations and Their MONEY!

    September 22, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Elaine

    For those of you who don't want career politicians, what do you call Arnold? He's not a career politician and he did a great job destroying our state. Republicans are the worst ever.

    Go Newsome...2012.

    September 22, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Papa Pete

    I'm another liberal ca independent who was, and still is, one of Obama's greatest fans. I hate almost everything the current generation of repubs stands for and does. But the thought of a dem governor allowing our insane legislature to continue running wild scares the heck out of me. I'm voting for whoever the repub nominee is,

    September 22, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Thanks but No thanks You betcha! (and also)

    First it's the governator. The it's the googlenator. Or Goveroogle. Goverooglernator.

    Hehehe, Oh Cali...

    September 22, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Steve (the real one)

    Response to the Kenndey replacement story, if you don't mind!

    Bush this and Bush that! Who is the president NOW? Is it Bush? I am not excusing Bush for his mess but you lefties are justifying your hypocrisy and your own mess in the name of BUSH! If you were in your right minds you would KNOW the law change is HYPOCRiSY! What now, is the change to the change a permanent change or only until a republican get voted in? Which is it liberal hypocrits? Doesn't progressive mean FORWARD moving? I really can't tell since you spend most of your time looking BACKWARDS. Yes Bush left his mess and YES the liberal agenda is piling on and tripling the mess! You keep stepping in fecal matter because you keep looking backwards, yet it is the fault of the GOP?? YOU OWN THE DOG!!!

    September 22, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. texas

    Anyone that refuses to vote for someone based solely on party affiliation is a simpleminded ignorant idiot that should not be allowed to vote!! Come on people! Stop being blinded by the Republican/Democrat labels and actually look at the content of the person and background. I don't know anything about Whitman and am not saying you should vote for her, but at least have something intelligent to say other than..."I will never vote Republican/Democrat again! Just because one idiot was voted in, doesn't mean they all are!! I am sooo sick of the hate!!!

    September 22, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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