Barack Obama Back in Los Angeles
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For the second day in a row, the White House staged what was more like a campaign event than the “town hall” that was advertised. With Barack Obama at the event at the Miguel Contreras Learning Center in Downtown Los Angeles was one of the President's most enthusiastic supporters, Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and a swarm of other Democrats. The Governor said the Obama stimulus package will mean $51 billion for California. The President delivered his stump speech, celebrating the stimulus bill and urging support for his budget, without mentioning its $3 trillion dollar price tag. Most of Obama's time was devoted to questions from the local audience, but a lot of his answers were directed to the politicians and special interest groups he left behind in Washington. We hear the Q&A and get some insider analysis.
- Cathleen Decker: State Politics Editor, Los Angeles Times
- Bruce Cain: Director, University of California Washington Center
- Jaime Regalado: Executive Director, Pat Brown Institute, @PBI
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