Appearing on Talk Radio Network’s “America’s Morning News with John McCaslin and Amy Holmes” on Wednesday, California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman said that she would let the controversial Arizona immigration law stand.
“The states have got to be able to decide what is right for their state,” said Whitman.
The former CEO of eBay, who will face Democratic state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown in November, has stayed relatively quiet on Arizona’s illegal immigration crackdown. But in the interview, she said she understands “why the people of Arizona have risen up in pure frustration because the federal government has not done the job of securing the border.”
“I don’t think the Arizona law makes sense for California because we have a much bigger state with much bigger geography,” said Whitman.
On Obama’s stimulus package and job creation, Whitman said she couldn’t point to any place in California where jobs have been created. “The truth is, and my view is, the stimulus has not created jobs,” said Whitman.
Incumbent California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby for money from the stimulus package to help stem California’s $20 billion deficit. Whitman said that she thinks Schwarzenegger did the right thing but that that California needs to solve its own problems.
Whitman, according to the most recent polls, trails Brown by 6 points, but feels confident about where her campaign is. “[Brown] is a career politician. This is his 14th election and that doesn’t include primaries, if you can believe it.”
Listen to the entire interview below to hear Whitman sound off on the Tea Party, the expiring Bush tax cuts, and legalizing marijuana.