Schwarzenegger video of the week

This week, something current: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaking last Friday about presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain‘s pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate:

But Schwarzenegger announced Sunday he can’t make it to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul:

“I am honored that Senator McCain invited me to speak at the Republican National Convention. He is an American hero, a great leader, and the right candidate to be our next president.

“However, California is always my number one priority, and there is no greater priority for our state right now than putting a responsible budget in place that fixes our broken system. Therefore — as I have said — I will not be attending the National Convention in order to focus on working toward a state budget agreement. It is totally unacceptable that 62 days past its deadline, the Legislature has not sent me a budget that I can sign. Just as they must do in our nation’s capital, Republicans and Democrats must compromise and do the work of the people.”

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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.