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Shriver Defends Arnold

Maria Shriver has given a spirited defense of her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger. She extolled his qualifications for governor of California as she brushed aside allegations of misbehavior.

At a lunch meeting of the California Women´s Leadership Association yesterday, Shriver said “I wouldn´t be standing here if this man weren´t an A-plus human being.” Among his qualities, she said, are intelligence, compassion and boldness. Schwarzenegger has apologized for his past behavior toward women. Shriver, on leave from her NBC News job, called her Republican husband courageous for facing the scrutiny head on.

Saying she considered the subject closed, Shriver said “I don´t believe in gutter politics and I don´t believe in gutter journalism.”