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Spending Priority on Infrastructure Needed: Schwarzenegger, Rendell, Bloomberg Tell Obama

March 22, 2009

President Obama is pressing ahead on his budget priorities of health care, education, energy and the environment. 

But three top civic leaders are reminging him not to neglect infrastructure.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with David Gregory on Sunday to urge a higher priority for national spending on infrastructure….

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) (L) speaks as New York ... 
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) (L) speaks as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg listens during a pre-taping of “Meet the Press” at NBC studios on March 20, 2009 in Washington. The program aired on March 22, 2009. The governor of America’s largest state and the mayor of its largest city called on the federal government during the show to dramatically boost its spending on bridges, sewers, high-speed rail and other infrastructure. Picture taken March 20, 2009. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski-Meet the Press/Handout

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By Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger went to the White House on Friday with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to press President Barack Obama for more federal aid for infrastructure projects.

Noting that California’s unemployment rate had risen to 10.5 percent, Schwarzenegger said a good response would be to increase government spending on roads and bridges and other projects.

“This creates jobs,” he said. “We had a terrific meeting.”

Schwarzenegger and Obama appear to be developing a close relationship. There was no mention Friday of the moment in October when, in the heat of the presidential election, Schwarzenegger compared Obama’s policies to European socialism.

Schwarzenegger said at the time that Obama “says he wants to pursue the same spread-the-wealth ideas that Europe had decades ago.”

On Thursday, when the two appeared together in Los Angeles, the governor praised Obama for his “courageous leadership and the great commitment he has displayed.” And he said California is “benefiting tremendously” from the economic stimulus package Obama has put together.

Obama reciprocated, calling Schwarzenegger “one of the great innovators of state government” who has turned out to be “just an outstanding partner” for his administration.

“I’m grateful for him,” Obama said.

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Sounding Like a Mafia Hit Man, Rendell Says Steele’s ‘Days are Numbered’

March 12, 2009

With the nation in an extreme economic crisis: it is still business as usual among many of the nation’s political elite.

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From Politico

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell predicted on Thursday that Michael Steele‘s “days are numbered” as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

“He’s in trouble because I just think that those who control the Republican Party don’t want a big tent,” Rendell told reporters during a lunch hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

Rendell, a past chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said he believes the approaching special election in New York’s 20th Congressional District — to replace Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, who was appointed senator — is not likely a make-or-break event for Steele, whom Rendell said also faces more fundamental problems.

“I don’t know if they want a chairman who is basically pro-choice,” Rendell said, referring to an answer Steele gave to GQ magazine in which he described abortion as an “individual choice.”

Steele has since backtracked, saying in a statement to POLITICO, “I am pro-life, always have been, always will be.”

But Rendell said Steele’s explanations of that comment and of other recent gaffes may not be enough to save his job, even though Rendell believes Steele could be “effective in time.”

“Michael Steele’s days are numbered,” Rendell said. “Fortunately for us, his days are numbered.”

The RNC had no immediate comment on Rendell’s remarks.

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In this Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 picture, former Maryland Lt. Gov. ... 
Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele speaks after being elected the first black Republican National Committee chairman. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)