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Peter Ueberroth on Principles & Values

2004 former Republican Challenger CA Governor


Withdraws from race; will endorse best candidate on jobs

With the latest statewide poll showing his support in the single digits, Republican gubernatorial candidate Peter Ueberroth Tuesday pulled out of the October 7 recall race. "I will continue to work hard, I'm going to work very hard to keep jobs in this state and to create jobs in this state - but not as a candidate for governor," said Ueberroth.

During his announcement, Ueberroth did not endorse any of the other 135 candidates. He said he needs to go "eyeball-to-eyeball" with them over the next few days to hear their ideas for creating new jobs. "I'm going to ask them my single-note question: 'How will you keep jobs in this state?'" he said. "Then I'll endorse a candidate."

Those meetings won't be limited to just other Republican candidates, but even though Ueberroth is willing to talk with Democrats, he drew the line at talking to Gov. Gray Davis. "I'm going to meet with candidates -- he's not a candidate right now. We'll see what happens," said Ueberroth.

Source: CNN.com Sep 9, 2003

Withdraws from gubernatorial race to focus on jobs

With the latest statewide poll showing his support in the single digits, Republican gubernatorial candidate Peter Ueberroth Tuesday pulled out of the October 7 recall race. "I will continue to work hard, I'm going to work very hard to keep jobs in this state and to create jobs in this state - but not as a candidate for governor," said Ueberroth.

During his announcement, Ueberroth did not endorse any of the other 135 candidates. He said he needs to go "eyeball-to-eyeball" with them over the next few days to hear their ideas for creating new jobs. "I'm going to ask them my single-note question: 'How will you keep jobs in this state?'" he said. "Then I'll endorse a candidate." The decision by Ueberroth, the former commissioner of Major League Baseball and head of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, is likely to help the two other major Republican candidates in the race, film star Arnold Schwarzenegger and state Sen. Tom McClintock.

Source: CNN.com Sep 9, 2003

Not a politician-will not run for office again

Let me explain what I am and what I'm not. I'm not a politician. I'm not good on TV. I do not talk in sound bytes. But what I am, I'm a leader. I'm a problem-solver. I'm a businessman. And I've seen California in its very best days, times with the Olympic games when people came together, Californians, Democrats, Republicans, leaders in the White House, Ronald Reagan, leader in Democrat Tom Bradley. And we were able to confound people, the doom-sayers who said California couldn't do it, and we delivered a Olympic games.

I was in the riots. I saw Republicans and Democrats come together and do something. That is what I'm all about.

I'm not going to run for office again. I will not be out there competing Republican against Democrat at cocktail parties at night raising funds, I will stay with them until we get it done.

Source: Recall debate in Walnut Creek Sep 3, 2003

Refuses to criticize Davis or his opponents

Q: Name specific items that you would have handled differently as governor than Gray Davis did.

UEBERROTH: Basically, I'm not going to criticize and I'm sticking to it. I will not criticize the governor, or my opponents on this panel. The recall is going to pass. And because the citizens are going to make it pass, because they know what the problems are. In Sacramento a lot of these people have been up there for 30, 40, 50 years. It is time to fix Sacramento, tighten the budget and get new jobs.

Source: Recall debate in Walnut Creek Sep 3, 2003

Will turn around California like he did Olympics & baseball

Previous Olympics were financial disasters. The 1976 Olympics virtually bankrupted Montreal. [With me] as 1984 Olympics President, not one cent of taxpayer funds was used.

I also served as Baseball Commissioner. When I started, 22 teams were losing money. The sport was in trouble. Five years later, no team was losing money. Ticket prices had not increased.

Our State faces a similar situation. Government has created a lethal job and business-killing machine. We must turn our state around.

Source: Official Candidate Statement of Peter V. Ueberroth Aug 8, 2003

Proposes an independent, bipartisan administration

Partisan warfare must end. So, mine will be a bi-partisan, independent administration. I absolutely commit not to seek re-election. This means I will spend no time campaigning, raising money, or pandering to special interests. It means I can make tough decisions.

I will not accept a salary.

Working together, God willing, we will restore California's glory. I respectfully ask for your vote.

Source: Official Candidate Statement of Peter V. Ueberroth Aug 8, 2003

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