Governor recall election hopeful Peter Ueberroth has urged all the major candidates for governor to take part in the first joint debate on Wednesday. The former major league baseball commissioner who ran the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles says he hopes Arnold Schwarzenegger will change his mind and join other candidates at the debate being held in Walnut Creek (at 4 p-m) Wednesday.
Ueberroth commended Schwarzenegger for agreeing to take part in another debate later in the short campaign. But Ueberroth said that by not taking part in the debate on Wednesday Schwarzenegger “will keep many absentee voters from hearing his message.” Absentee ballots for the October seventh election begin to go out to voters a week from today. Ueberroth noted that 27 percent of the ballots in the last governor election were mailed by absentees.
Both Ueberroth and Schwarzenegger are Republicans but Ueberroth is running for governor as an independent. He said Schwarzenegger´s participation in Wednesday´s debate would ensure greater public interest and media coverage of the debate and the campaigns. Ueberroth said that California “voters deserve to hear all of us discuss our plans to put California back on track.”