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Bustamante Responds To Davis Supporters

The leading Democrat among governor candidates has responded to criticism by backers of Governor Gray Davis. They say the Bustamante campaign hurts the effort to defeat the governor recall.

Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante said during a campaign stop Saturday in the Los Angeles suburb of South Gate that he will continue to oppose California voter recall of Davis. That is the “yes” or “no” question on the October seventh ballot.

Bustamante said that in every speech he has made and in all of his commercials he has opposed recalling Davis. The lieutenant governor said he hopes he and Davis will share a platform at some point and hopes for a formal endorsement by the governor. They did appear together at a recent Democratic Party fall convention which endorsed the dual “No on recall, yes on Bustamante” positions.

Bustamante says that his internal polls on candidates to succeed Davis if he is removed show that Bustamante and Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger each have 25 to 30 percent support from likely voters. Bustamante said conservative Republican State Senator Tom McClintock´s has had rising support in the internal poll to about 20 percent. Bustamante said: “It´s become the three-person race, I

think.”