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Grading Schwarzenegger: Does he get an 'A' or an 'F' ?

January 2, 2011 |  8:04 am

Arnold Schwarzenegger


As Arnold Schwarzenegger leaves office, how do you grade the outgoing governor?

Times Sacramento Bureau Chief Evan Halper noted that Schwarzenegger entered office with a state in crisis (leading to the recall of Gray Davis) and leaves office much the same way:

Seven years later, with Schwarzenegger's tenure in its final day, the state's schools are in poor shape, the public university system is losing its sheen, the federal courts have taken control of part of the prison system. The deficit keeps growing. In a recent interview in his stately Capitol conference room, his "Conan the Barbarian" sword resting in a case behind him, the governor looked back. He defended his record but admitted to errors that were key to his inability to fulfill the promise of tearing up the state's credit card and "ending the crazy deficit spending."

Tell us how you grade Schwarzenegger below.

Photo: Arnold Schwarzenegger, at the state Capitol in Sacramento, is about to finish his second and final term as California governor. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)