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Schwarzenegger video of the week

This week, we zip back to January for a snippet of our governor discussing the need for health care reform during his 2007 State of the State address:

“In the past, health care reform was always dead on arrival. This year I can feel something different in the air. I can feel the energy, the momentum, the desire for action. People really want to get this taken care of… Ladies and gentlemen, we will get it done.”

Schwarzenegger did announce Friday that he was cancelling a trip to Great Britain and postponing a trade mission to India: “While I am confident that we will be able to accomplish quite a bit before the end of the legislative session, I need to maintain the flexibility to call a special session. With only two weeks left, we need to finish the work we have begun on health care, a comprehensive water plan and redistricting reform.”

But with 10 days to go until the end of the Legislative session and the rhetoric still flying hot and heavy from both sides of the aisle, I’m wondering what he’ll be saying about health-care reform in 2008’s State of the State Address.

Previous SVOTWs: August 28, August 21, August 7, July 31, July 24, July 17, July 10, July 3, June 26, June 19, June 12, June 5, May 29, May 22, May 15, May 8, May 1, April 24, April 17, April 10, April 3, March 27, March 20, March 13, March 6, February 27, February 20, February 13, February 6, January 30.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.