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Schwarzenegger Camp Still Ducking Tough Questions

Arnold Schwarzenegger´s transition adviser says the California governor-elect´s focus is going to be on returning California to a robust, growing economy. But no one is hearing any details on how the Governor Elect will do that.

Appearing on NBC´s “Today” show, California Congressman David Dreier sidestepped questions about how Schwarzenegger plans to close a projected $8 billion budget gap without big cuts or a tax hike. Dreier says Schwarzenegger will bring in experts to do an audit and then decide how best to proceed.

Schwarzenegger has a January deadline to present a balanced budget.

Dreier says Schwarzenegger has already apologized for his alleged bad behavior toward women and that most Californians want to move ahead.

Former Congressman Leon Panetta, who was to lead a budget reform panel for recalled Governor Gray Davis, says any effort to instigate another recall is a bad idea. He says the voters have spoken. Panetta says he hopes Schwarzenegger follows the Ronald Reagan model of deal-making to get things done.

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