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Meg Whitman: No regrets about record spending

November 2, 2010 | 10:53 am

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Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman expressed no regrets for contributing $141.5 million of her personal wealth to her campaign, saying Tuesday that such spending was necessary because she was unknown to California voters.

“I was new to politics,” she said in an appearance on the “Good Day, L.A.” morning show on KTTV. “What my investment in this campaign has done is give California voters a choice. They do know what I stand for. This is a very stark choice between a career politician and a career problem-solver.”

Despite polls that show rival Jerry Brown edging her, Whitman said she was confident that the Republican wave expected to sweep through races across the nation would tilt California as well.

“Everything I see shows me that there is big change coming across this country because people are very concerned about the direction of California and the direction of the United States,” she said.

“We’ll see,” she said. “My sense is because I’ve been out doing rallies now around the state for the last three or four days and people are coming up to me, I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me and said, ‘I’m a lifelong Democrat, I’ve never voted for a Republican, but I’m voting for you because we have to do things differently.’ ”

Whitman noted that Tuesday marks Brown’s 14th time on the ballot.

“The wool was pulled over the eyes of Californians, and I don’t think it’s going to happen again,” she said.

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Photo: Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman bangs on the bell to signify another committed voter while working the phone bank with nine-year-old Renae Bingham at the Republican headquarters Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, in San Diego. Credit: AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi

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