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Schwarzenegger Discusses Reaching Across Party Lines

As a Republican in a predominantly Democratic state, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has adjusted his approach to politics. In an interview, he talks the about compromises he has made and the ability of states to take the lead on national issues.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Since before he ran for and won re-election in 2006, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has changed his originally confrontational approach to politics. He's gained national attention for the issues he's pushing and for taking a more bipartisan approach.

    Near the top of his agenda: reducing greenhouse gases in California. He pushed through state legislation to reduce carbon emissions 25 percent by the year 2020.

    GOV. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER (R), California: We are going to change the dynamic on greenhouse gas and on carbon emissions. We are taking actions ourselves. We are not waiting for the federal government.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The governor has gone further, battling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over whether the state should be allowed to implement tougher rules on auto emissions. Schwarzenegger's also grabbed headlines for his work on other issues, including his push for universal health care coverage in the state.

  • GOV. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER:

    We want to really reform the system and fix the broken system once and for all.