September 28th, 2010
03:13 PM ET
11 years ago

Whitman backs 'Superman'

(CNN) - California Republicans don't usually praise movies that come out of left-leaning Hollywood, but gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is adding her endorsement to a critically acclaimed new film with sharp political overtones.

In a one-minute radio ad released Tuesday, the former eBay executive touts the education documentary "Waiting for Superman."

"I'm Meg Whitman, and I don't normally recommend movies," Whitman says in the ad. "But every parent of a school-aged child in California should see 'Waiting for 'Superman.'"

"This documentary may make your blood pressure rise. But I believe it will galvanize us to work together across party lines to overturn the status quo and bring about real education reform," she says.

The film hits teachers unions particularly hard, which is music to the ears of many conservatives.

California's 325,000-member teachers union has been slamming Whitman for weeks with ads criticizing proposals her education reform ideas.

"Whitman says we could cut another $7 billion from our schools," one of the ads says. "Tell Meg Whitman that cutting education to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy is wrong for our schools and California's future."'

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Kenneth

    Education should be between Parents and Teachers not Boards, Unions, Federal mandates. You know the way it was when kids learned something.

    September 28, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. S. in California

    LOOK: It's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's Monkey Meg! Coming to a store near you. Please parents don't let your child anywhere near this toy.

    On a serious note: she spends over $100 million dollars (unbelievable) to buy an election and she says she cares about California. Do you know how many hungry children that could feed? This woman has no shame. Only rich, hateful, merciless people would ever consider voting for her. Put your money where your mouth is Meg – put some money into California.

    September 28, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    A lot of kids parents won't be seeing the movie because they don't have the money but you do Meg. This woman has spent $120 million dollars on herself and still isn't broke, there is no way she can understand Americans pain.

    September 28, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Wait...what? Typical Meg...all talk with nothing real behind her cutesey slogans. All she is going to do is pretend that the state is like eBay and she will cut Public Education even more than it already has. Then you righties will blame everything on the teachers yet again.

    September 28, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Meg Whitman....... YOU CAN'T BUY VOTES! We KNOW who you are! And do you really think that after 8 years of a GOP governor, billions in deficit ....... the people of California is going to put another GOP-bagger as governor? NO.

    I did not get to comment of the "Polls articles" that CNN has on it web site daily, but I really do not trust polls. First, they reach only people with landlines, which are usually ...... older, conservatives. The Democrats base is younger and we have cell phones! In my 58 years of life no one has polled me! I am a registered Independent who is Latino and upper-middle-lcass... they don't ask me whom I am voting for! I am voting straight Democrat! WHY would I reward the DO-NOTHING GOP-baggers with power?!

    September 28, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. Russ from Md

    You know, it takes a very intelligent person to make the kind of money she did (and she can spend it however she wants). Maybe you should listen to her. She might just be able to pull California out of the hole the free spending liberals have dug.

    September 28, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. SayWhat

    Did she back it or buy it?

    September 28, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    @ Russ from MD: The last 8 years the Republicans have run the state of California.

    September 28, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  9. Jess C

    She has the nerve to recommend movies to parents; has anyone read about her two sons? She should be embarrassed, they sound like spoiled rich frat boys who seem to have racist ideologies. No, having money has little to do with smarts. Her tenure at eBay was not that stellar. Can't wait for the debate tonight; those lies she's spewed will be biting her in the butt. Go Jerry!

    September 28, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  10. chuck d

    The number one question all California voters should think about is Why would someone spend 100 plus million to get a job that pays $206,000 a year? To help California? I don't think so. California is in deep financial trouble I laugh when I hear her saying she will cut taxes. Can't Repubs come up with another mantra to beat into us? The only way to do that is to cut spending
    but where? Police Fireman Teachers? they are all getting screwed as it is why are we going to burden them with more layoffs or pay cuts

    September 28, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. grayguru

    The first Meg Whitman ad I heard was slamming people on welfare. For a woman with her money to slam an economic class she doesn't know anything about is telling of her philosophy. Now she is going to cut education. In her wealthy world, school means expensive private schools. Colleges mean Harvard, Stanford, Yale or Brown. Heaven help the California educational system from K thru University of California if this woman is elected. Vote for Brown to avoid what this woman brings to the table!

    September 28, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The purpose of teachers' unions is, by monopolistic practises, to promote the interests of teachers' unions–principally protecting the jobs even of incompetent teachers and wringing as much money as possible from taxpayers. They have nothing to do with promoting the quality of education. Similarly, the purpose of "Departments of Education" of any level is to protect the existences, jobs, and budgets of those Departments of Education. Again, they have nothing to do with the quality of education.

    September 28, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Truth is.......parents and school administrators alike want to blame teachers, when it is primarily the parents' failings that create learning issues in the classroom.

    You want better schools.....demand more of parents, to instill the desire to learn, and the discipline to focus on learning.

    September 28, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. Ginger Man

    California's already got one foot in the Third World. I don't know why a white person would want to govern the state, or even live there, for that matter.

    September 28, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Henry, the word "monopoly" is about as applicable to teacher's unions (or any union) as the words "common sense" are to libertarianism. Stop pretending to understand things and go read a book. The reality is, public school systems are a monopoly and teachers would be completely at their mercy if not is evidenced by, well, HISTORICAL FACT showing how they were treated prior to unionizing. Pesky history...we should just rewrite it so it says what we want like the TX School Board is doing, right?

    Without the Dept. of Education, there would be no public school system. Almost every state, particularly red states, relies on massive amounts of federal aid in order to run its public school system...and then runs it poorly. As you know, being the high-powered brainiac Constitutional scholar you pretend to be, when the federal government gives you money, it gets to attach strings...and in this case, the strings are education standards and regulations set by the DOE. As you should also know, the states are quite free to refuse to accept any federal money earmarked for education, and then have oodles of fun with their extremely angry populace when the public school system goes belly-up and everyone is stuck home schooling their kids. I'm sure all the moms out there will thank you for your brilliant solution when it is put into effect.

    The system's by no means perfect and is failing in many ways. The solution is not "do away with it by making a completeluy inaccurate Constitutional challenge to the existence of the Dept. of Edumacation." Nor is the solution "get rid of all teacher's unions because I was raised to believe that workers should be beholden to and at the mercy of their employers." Neither will get you anywhere. The solution is to make it better...serious contributions and suggestions only please. Leave the impractical ideological blather at home.

    September 28, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  16. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Ginger Man, say hi to everyone in your trailer park for me and then shut up. To everyone here not from California (where I live) – Meg Whitman is completely unelectable. Someone who can't be bothered to vote for her entire life suddenly is so passionate about public service and spends $119,000,000 of her own money (more than three times what she's raised from people who actually support her candidacy) and you think she's viable?

    All politics is local folks. And you may be very surprised when the election rolls around that the results don't equal a Conservative landslide.

    September 28, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |