Editor's note: Arnold Schwarzenegger declines his California governor's salary of $206,500 as a way to help bring the state's budget under control. Here are his comments on the national financial crisis from a press conference today.
QUESTION: The bailout plan stalled in Washington, the stock market in trouble. Is it time for you now to start accepting that governor's salary?
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: No. I’m still OK, don't worry about me. But I think that one thing we know for sure, and that is that we want to urge the legislators in Washington, Democrats and Republicans to get together and to put aside all the politics and to think about the people of this great nation. It is very important now that they step in and they do exactly what President Bush has recommended. I think they have a good package there.
And it doesn’t have as much to do with Wall Street, it has more to do with the ordinary folks out there with little businesses that need loans, people that need student loans, families that want to pay for the education for their kids, or little businesses that want to borrow money to pay for the wages for their employees and stuff like that. So I think everyone is going to be hurt right now if they don't come to a solution right away and help the situation...
Both of the candidates, the presidential candidates, talk a lot about leadership. This is now the time to show leadership. This is the time where they should encourage their parties to go and work together and to get this done.
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