Uberroth Quits California Gov. Recall Race

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 9, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Uberroth Quits California Gov. Recall Race

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 9, 2003

Sacramento, CA (LifeNews.com) — Facing pressure from party leaders, former baseball commissioner Peter Uberroth, who is pro-abortion, dropped out of the California gubernatorial recall race.

Uberroth failed to gain much support from voters and hovered in low single digits in several polls. Republican Party leaders encouraged him to withdraw from the race because the Republican vote is being split among a few candidates while pro-abortion Lt. Gov Cruz Bustamente has most of the Democratic vote to himself.

His resignation from the race leaves pro-abortion actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and pro-life state Senator Tom McClintock as the only other major contenders.

McClintock has no plans to resign from the race. In fact, he is pressing onward and touting support from a number of pro-life groups and leaders in an upcoming endorsement letter the campaign expects to mail to thousands of pro-life voters.

Meanwhile, a new Field Poll released Tuesday showed Bustamente with a small lead over Schwarzenegger — 30 percent to 25 percent. McClintock gained four percent to move into sole possession of third place with 13 percent of the vote.

The poll found that a majority of voters still want to recall pro-abortion Gov. Gray Davis from office. Approximately 55 percent of those polled said they favor the recall, down only slightly from 58 percent in August.

Bustamente, McClintock and two minor candidates will meet tonight in the second debate of the campaign.

In the first debate, McClintock distinguished himself as the only major candidate who is pro-life and said he, unlike the others, would have vetoed a pro-abortion bill Davis signed into law.

"Tom McClintock is committed to the restoration of policies that respect human life, and will work to protect those members of society who are least able to protect themselves-unborn children," said Brian Johnston, director of the California Pro-Life Council.

Daniel Ramirez, a Democrat, is also pro-life but is a minor candidate and not expected to attract many voters.

Related web sites:
California Pro-Life Council Recall Info – https://www.californiaprolife.org/voter/voter.html