October 24th, 2010
05:51 PM ET
10 years ago

Candidate to voters: 'an unhappy choice'

(CNN) - The Republican nominee for California governor is leveling with voters.

Over the weekend Meg Whitman released a minute-long ad reintroducing herself to California voters.

"I know many of you see this election as an unhappy choice between a longtime politician with no plan for the future and a billionaire with no government experience," Whitman says in the spot. "Well, let me tell you my story."

The former eBay CEO, who faces off in November against state Attorney General Jerry Brown, a former two-term Democratic governor who is his party's nominee, looks straight at the camera and explains her "California dream," a line she's used quite often on the campaign trail.

"Our problems are tough, but so am I," Whitman says. "If you want more of the same in Sacramento, vote for my opponent. But if you want to get California moving again, I'm ready, are you?"

Brown campaign spokesman Sterling Clifford responded to the ad.

"Meg Whitman, a self-confessed billionaire with no government experience, decided to reintroduce herself one more time to voters," Clifford said in a statement. "She can soften the music and adopt new three-part talking points, but the results for Californians will be the same."

The ad, which is currently running statewide, comes as new poll numbers released Sunday indicate Whitman trailing Brown by 13 points.

The winner in November will succeed Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Filed under: 2010 • Ads • California • Jerry Brown • Meg Whitman
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Concerned Voter

    It's 9 days til the election and she's reintroducing herself? Doesnt' sound like a winning candidate...

    October 24, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Ricky

    And she thinks she can buy this position. Ha! Lucky she's a billionaire 'cause she'll still have loads of dough left after she loses. But what about the rest of us working stiffs who ain't so lucky?

    October 24, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. wayne

    We already know her story.....an ego so large that it takes $150M to attempt to impose herself where she doesn't belong!

    October 24, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. vic nashville tn

    The ad say why we shouldn’t vote for her

    “Billionaire with no government experience” people have no government experience will divide the country more that is the reason democrats coming back

    This ad look I am not a witch ad

    October 24, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |

    The only reason the GOPTEA Party is hanging around is money. The GOPTEA Party are not allowed to say "Middle Class Americans" and "Made in America". You will never hear those words out of their mouth. So, Voters keep in mind these GOPTEA Party will represent America, and will be able to go on junkets all around the world with those exetreme views. Christine O'Donell want to be on the foreign relations commitittee. That' Nuts. VOTE NO FOR GOPTEA PARTY!

    October 24, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. Hugo

    I have been watching how this blog page works, apparently they must have received some of the same Soro's money and instructions that NPR did because they sure seem to be leaving out any conservative comments and making sure that if it involves any derogatory or inflammatory comment from every looney tune smear about Sara Palin, it is a headliner! Won't work propaganda machine, America is awake!

    October 24, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Just an Observation

    The site of this buy-it-now candidate for governor makes me sick when ever I see her face and her lies. She hasn't voted for decades, hires illegals and destroyed thousands of American eBay sellers in favor of over-seas garbage. Do Californians really want this out of control, outsourcing lunatic calling the shots in their state? Who spends 140 million dollars of their own money to buy a position of power? Meg Whitman – that's who. Neg Meg in 2010. Because California shouldn't have a buy-it-now button.

    October 24, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Jesus

    Over $140 million spent by Meg and she wants her Governorship!! She is really bent out of shape because she was told by GOP pundits that $140 million of her own money would buy her the State's top spot. Now she realizes that it isn't happening. She goes back to square one and tries a Hail Mary "new image" TV spot to get votes. Meg represents the death of any meaningful environmental change in California, is adverse to school budgets everywhere, treats hard working immigrants like dirt (except when she needs their vote), and has scarfed up a fortune at Ebay, well in excess of her contribution as CEO.

    October 24, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. A disgusted former Republican

    Whitman is a recipe for disaster for California. A know nothing billionaire who believes most American jobs can be done more efficiently by Chinese workers. Where do the republicans find these people?

    October 24, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. Dave6729

    Michigan has a similar situation with a former Gateway Computer Exec. running against the Mayor of Flint. Strangely, they have a very similar approach and both seem to be competent at administration. I am not sure the "Private" sector is ready for a Government leadership position. But then, I am not sure that an experienced politician is trustworthy either. Political expediency is now the name of the game and the concept of "offending" someone to get something done that would benefit everyone seems to be lost!

    October 24, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Trailing by 13 points, it would seem that the most "unhappy" element of this is Ms Whitman, who just can't pull the woll over the eyes of voters.

    October 24, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Last year she tried to give us some points on what she would do. then resorted to attack ads to destroy her opponent- never agian giving us any informaiton onher plan or her.
    After the primary she began her lies and attacks on Brown and becuase the Dmecrats are getting tired of the lies- he fought back with facts and accounts from newspaper reports about her misinformation and lies. Since we are not buying her attacks, now she wants to play nice and think of her as a sweet old lady. Ms. Wittman- we aren't buying this either.

    October 24, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. gkingii

    If Brown wins this, it will clearly show that the notion of Californians as "ahead of the rest of the country" is a myth. The one-time Gov. Moonbeam is an echo of the hippie days in California's dreary past. His idea of growing things is not the sort of growth needed in the 21st century.

    October 24, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  14. Larrywp

    If the poll that is quoted in this story is even half-way right, then my opinion is that California deserves what they get. If they elect a kook like Jerry Brown – who I have been watching from afar for over three decades – over Meg Whitman, then they deserve each other. And I will be fore-square against the Federal Government helping the State of California one iota. That State should be allowed to flounder into bankruptcy. Then see how their "enlightened" citizens feel about their choices.

    October 24, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. Dale

    This woman spent 120 million dollars of her own money on this campaign just to find out Californian's don't like her. Money can't buy you everything Meg.

    October 24, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. hilarious!

    she defines a whole new level of terrible.

    October 24, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  17. Darth Vadik, CA

    I think that California (this Liberal state) which has been run by Republican governors for the last 16 out of 28 years is pretty much sick of Republicans and what they are doing. They have run this great state into the ground, and a eccentric billionaire, who's dreams of grandeur include being the first woman President for no other reason other that she has money and likes power (to abuse illegal employees)...


    October 24, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    16 out of 18 years is what I meant to say

    October 24, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    BTW, don't you think there is a reason why these Republican candidates kids don't like their parents????
    Giuliani, Whitman, McCain....

    October 24, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. D. Bunker

    Whitman is certainly not "tough" by any stretch of the word. She needs to "man up" and admit she's run a distasteful and dirty campaign with no regard for the truth.

    And why are millionaire GOBPbaggers spending so much of their own money for an office that pays so little relative to their "normal" corrupt CEO income? Why are other faceless millionaires, billionaires and foreign interests spending so much to elect rightwing extremists? Could it be these corporate predators want to privatize government? Is Whitman looking to sell CA assets on eBay? The Party of NO has no valid ideas, just a slavish devotion to its failed cult of deregulation, tax cuts for the ultrarich and global unfair trade. The Party of NO has no plan to hardworking Americans and it certain does not care about them. Vote accordingly,

    October 24, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. Ben

    Meg is Mitt with a blouse, and I don't trust her. In a country where the primary divide is between corporate interests and middle class interests, Meg comes from the wrong side.

    October 24, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. EddyL

    Pie Face Whitman has spent $142M on her own selfish political ambition while millions go without food.... Nuff said.

    October 24, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  23. Terry

    I love how wealthy corporate CEO's try telling voters that they understand our plight. Who in their right mind would spend well in excess of $150 Million Dollars to become Governor of a bankrupt state? Better yet, how would Whitman change what has happened in California under the Republican Terminator? Let the Democrats run California, who knows, they may actually get things done without a Republican Governor.

    October 24, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  24. Please Vote Republican So More People From China, India and the Phillipines Can Take Our Jobs

    I love you Meg because you'll stop the minimum wage.

    thank you.."Kievin" Bangladore, India

    October 24, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |