Schwarzenegger gets egged

Schwarzenegger gets egged, by Greg Tingle - 4th September 2003

Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't attend the initial debate of California's recall election and delivered his first major campaign speech, getting pelted with an egg as he moved through a mob at a college campus.

"You have such a fantastic life, Arnold, you make millions of dollars to do movies and all those kinds of things, why do you want to do this?" Schwarzenegger asked rhetorically in his address.

"And you know something, because everything that I've gotten - my career, my money, my family - everything that I've gotten and achieved is because of California," he preached to cheers at California State University, Long Beach.

As Schwarzenegger worked the crowd into a frenzy, the egg splattered on the back of his left shoulder. An aide tried to wipe it off, but he took off his coat and proceeded with his speech.

The address came hours before five other candidates were scheduled to participate in the debate.

Schwarzenegger has agreed to participate in only one debate, on September 24, in which the questions will be actually provided to candidates in advance - unlike today's debate. That decision has drawn fierce criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike.

The participating candidates are California's Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante, the only prominent Democrat running as a replacement candidate; state Senator Tom McClintock and former baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth, both Republicans; television personality Arianna Huffington, an independent; and Green Party candidate Peter Camejo.

Candidates qualified for the debate by receiving at least 4% support in either a recent poll or the previous statewide vote.

Schwarzenegger's absence fits his campaign strategy of appearing in public in controlled settings where he appears to avoid protracted questioning from the media, and some critics have said he is not attending because he cannot see the questions in advance.

Hundreds of students crammed the university grounds for Schwarzenegger's speech. Some were Young Republicans invited from other schools, according to the actor's campaign.

Several student opponents heckled him for his past support of a bill to deny services to illegal immigrants. They held a sign saying "Hasta la vista Latinos".

As many expected, supporters drowned out the hecklers with chants of "Arnold, Arnold, Arnold."

Looks like its turned into a 3-way with supporters VS detractors VS the media.


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