** SCHWARZENEGGER ADDRESS TO BRITISH CONSERVATIVE PARTY CONFERENCE. Originally slated to be the Tory conference keynoter, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had to cancel due to California’s legislative business being dragged out by the state budget stall of the summer. His friend, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, filled in in his stead. Bloomberg was a moderate Republican, but after he and the former action movie superstar appeared on the cover of Time magazine as the poster boys for post-partisanship, Bloomberg became an independent. Which makes their selection by the Tories quite intriguing. Schwarzenegger addressed the conference in Blackpool via satellite Sunday morning (late afternoon in the UK):
Hello everyone. It is a tremendous honor to address the 124th annual Conservative Party Conference. I am sorry I could not join you in person.
But we are in the middle of a special session of the Legislature that I called, to address two of the biggest issues facing California. One is comprehensive health care reform and the other is a long-term water plan to make sure California has all the water it needs to remain prosperous for generations to come.
So I had to cancel all travel except a long-term promise to attend the Special Olympics World Summer Games in China in a few days.
But I am happy to talk with you via satellite because as someone from Europe who now lives in America, I have a profound appreciation of the bond between our two nations.
No matter the challenge, no matter the issue, Americans know you have always been our trusted and valued friend.
And I suspect you feel the same way about us. It’s fantastic you found such a great new keynote speaker, my good friend and soul mate, Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Now I have to say… Because just like your dynamic leader David Cameron, the mayor always puts the people first.
He knows, like David Cameron and I know, that we are public servants, not party servants. And that our job is to recognize the issues that matter to the people the most and to solve them. Issues we are all working on very hard in California, New York City and in Great Britain.
Issues like health care, balanced budgets, economic development, education reform, public safety, infrastructure and of course global warming and protecting the environment. These are not conservative or liberal issues. They are issues everyone cares about.
People want quality health care, no matter what party they belong to. They want safe communities, no matter what party they belong to. They want a healthy environment, no matter what party they belong to.
Think about global warming, which your party has done such great work on. We are changing the dynamic. Last year, after I signed our landmark climate change bill, everyone was inspired by California’s leadership on this vital issue.
Mayor Bloomberg did the same thing in April by proposing his green plan for New York City, the most ambitious environmental blueprint for a city in history. And by being a strong and forceful voice on climate change, David Cameron has revived your Conservative Party’s green heritage and helped strengthen Britain’s resolve to set an example on this issue.
That is the kind of leadership people are hungry for. They want action and results, not ideology and stalemate. They prefer progress with messy compromise, over defeat with pristine principles.
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity,” Winston Churchill once said. “The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”
I agree 100 percent. I know David Cameron and Michael Bloomberg do, too. Thank you very much. And now let me introduce to you one of the great mayors ever, my friend, Michael Bloomberg.
** IOWA: OBAMA AND ROMNEY LEAD THEIR PARTY FIELDS IN NEWSWEEK POLL. The new Newsweek poll of likely caucus voters in the first-in-the-nation Iowa presidential caucuses shows Barack Obama with a narrow lead in the Democratic race and Mitt Romney leading the Republican race.
Obama leads Hillary Clinton, 28% to 24%, with John Edwards close behind with 22% and Bill Richardson fourth at 10%.
On the Republican side, Romney leads with 24%. Fred Thompson is second at 16%, followed by Rudy Giuliani at 13%, Mike Huckabee at 12%, and John McCain at 9%.
** NEWT WON’T RUN FOR PRESIDENT. In what ranks as no surprise, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said this morning that he will not run for the Republican presidential nomination. Earlier in the week, he’d said that he would run if he determined by October 21st that he could raise $30 million for the effort. He’s since learned, he said today, that he can’t run for president and remain head of his think tank.
** UNIVERSITY SEMINAR STARTING SUNDAY. I’m doing a university seminar most of next week, beginning tomorrow morning, so NWN publishing will not be as frequent as usual.
** SCHWARZENEGGER TO ADDRESS BRITISH CONSERVATIVE PARTY CONFERENCE IN LIVE SUNDAY WEBCAST. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had been slated to keynote the British Conservative Party conference in Blackpool only to cancel on account of his special legislative session, will nonetheless address the Tory gathering at 7:15 AM Sunday morning via satellite. The event will be webcast live on the UK Conservative Party web site.
His topic will be climate change and modern center-right politics.
** SCHWARZENEGGER TO ATTEND FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL CEREMONY. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who in 2005 was viewed as an enemy of the firefighters union for his special election initiative agenda — which at one point targeted their pensions — will participate in a memorial ceremony at 11 AM in Capitol Park. Also on the program is U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, whose seat Schwarzenegger may take on in 2010. Schwarzenegger just signed a bill granting health benefits to firefighters’ surviving family members.
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