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Simon “Won´t Sling Mud” in Election

One of the Republicans seeking to replace California Governor Gray Davis is promising he won´t sling mud at Arnold Schwarzenegger or any other candidate. Bill Simon says he´s a “candidate of ideas” and won´t “get personal.”

Simon, who lost to Davis last fall, tells NBC´s “Today” show he´s for smaller government, better schools, and water and power that Californians can depend on.

Democratic Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante tells “Today” he´s still urging people to oppose recalling Davis. He says he got in the race as a “second very positive option.”

Asked about Schwarzenegger´s candidacy, Bustamante remarked that “only in America” could two sons of immigrant families be running for such high office. But, he also thinks Schwarzenegger´s support of California´s Proposition 187 could hurt the actor politically in the immigrant community.

The measure to deny health care and public education to illegal immigrants passed by a wide margin in 1994 but was eventually ruled unconstitutional.