Candidates React to Ruling

Reaction from major gubernatorial candidates Monday to the court decision delaying California's recall election:


Gov. Gray Davis (search):

"This recall has been like a roller coaster, more surprises than you can possibly imagine. I'm going to keep focused, and tell people why I think this recall is bad. ... People told me the election was on Oct. 7 and I'm going to act like it's on Oct. 7. If they tell me it's on another day, I will adjust to that."


Arnold Schwarzenegger (search), Republican:

"One million, six hundred thousand Californians of all political persuasions have signed petitions to recall Gov. Gray Davis. The secretary of state has certified that this election should go forth on Oct. 7. The California Supreme Court has also ruled that the election should go forward on Oct. 7. I fully expect that the federal courts will come to the same conclusion.

"I will continue to vigorously campaign for governor. The people have spoken, and their word should -- and will -- prevail."


Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante (search), Democrat:

"It has to do with the Voting Rights Act, which is the core of our democracy. We will continue forward until there is a finale in this case."


Sen. Tom McClintock, Republican:

"This is simply a distraction and will have no bearing on this election. I have every confidence that in a short time the U.S. Supreme Court will allow this election to go forward. I want to remind people that the 9th Circuit is the most reversed court -- the same court that banned the words `under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance. It has become a national laughingstock."


Peter Camejo, Green Party:

"I have mixed feelings over the ruling, because while correcting one problem, it creates another by denying the will of the electorate in the level of those who want the recall and want it now. Every single poll shows that is a majority."


Arianna Huffington, independent:

"This is very good news, not only for the people of California but also for people all across the nation, where the disenfranchisement of voters continues to be the dirty little secret of American politics."