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  The Man Who'll Face Arnold
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Last EditedArmyDem  Jun 11, 2006 11:57am
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MediaWeekly News Magazine - TIME Magazine
News DateWednesday, June 7, 2006 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPhil Angelides, winner of the Democratic primary to oppose Schwarzenegger in the governor's race, talks about how he hopes to terminate the Terminator

Posted Wednesday, Jun. 07, 2006

Phil Angelides calls himself the "anti-Arnold." The California State Treasurer, who won the Democratic primary Tuesday and will attempt to unseat Governor Schwarzenegger this November, is a geeky-looking real estate developer who speaks with the voice of a wonky politician rather than in the snappy catchphrases of an action-movie star. And, unlike the moderate Republican governor, the 52-year-old Harvard grad is an unabashed liberal who supports hiking the taxes of rich Californians, legalizing gay marriage and granting driver's licenses to undocumented workers.

Angelides, who has served as State Treasurer for seven years and is a longtime foe of the Governator, has an uphill battle ahead of him. Aside from the charisma discrepency, Schwarzenegger's popularity ratings, in free fall for much of the past year, have lately rebounded a bit, thanks in part to $7 billion in unexpected tax revenue. In his favor, Angelides is running in a predominantly Democratic state, has the backing of powerful labor unions and may get some mileage out of the current backlash against GOP President George W. Bush. Still, in a Field poll of 702 likely voters last week looking ahead to the gubernatorial race, Schwarzenegger beat Angelides by 7 percentage points (with a a nearly 4-point margin of error).

The race could get ugly, with both candidates expected to start hurling mud and spending mega-millions on television ads. TIME.com caught up with Angelides the morning after his primary victory and asked him about the race.
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