Schwarzenegger Gives McCain the Green Light
By Juliet Eilperin
LOS ANGELES -- Standing in front of rolls of photovoltaic solar panels, Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed Sen. John McCain's presidential bid this morning, saying he represents "a great future."
The governor, who has made a point of working with Democrats during his time in office, said McCain shared his commitment to environmental protection and bipartisanship. "He has shown over and over again he is reaching across the aisle to get things done."
Schwarzenegger's endorsement is sure to help McCain in his efforts to win this delegate-rich state in the Feb. 5 primary, though it is unclear whether the governor's backing would alienate conservative Republicans in other primaries next week. McCain said he was "honored" to receive Schwarzenegger's nod, adding that if elected the two of them would work on forging a new global agreement aimed at cutting greenhouse emissions linked to climate change. "Governor Schwarzenegger, I commit to you, you and I and all of the others who are concerned about our globe, not just our states....[will] hand our children a cleaner planet."
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who joined the two others for the announcement, said today's event underscored the senator's ability to lead. "This is a man who is moving us into our future, understands how to do it, and also understands how to keep this country safe in a time of peril."
The men's remarks were preceded by a lengthy lecture on solar energy delivered by the president and chief executive officer of Solar Based Integrated, Randall MacEwan. Schwarzenegger quipped after MacEwan's introduction that there would be a quiz following the press conference, and added the fact that so many journalists had showed up at the company's warehouse underscored the media's passion for green technology. "This is an example of how much excitement solar energy can create," the governor said, smiling. "I love it."
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