ABC News' Schifrin reports that Schwarzenegger campaign staffers don't expect the candidate to answer any questions related to these charges. We wonder if the first-time candidate will be able to handle today's frenzied press corps with the same ease he handled that egg throwing incident.
Gary Cohn, Carla Hall, and Robert W. Welkos have the byline on what will certainly prove to be the story of the day in recall land. LINK
"Six women who came into contact with Arnold Schwarzenegger on movie sets, in studio offices and in other settings over the last three decades say he touched them in a sexual manner without their consent."
More Cohn/Hall/Welkos: "According to the women's accounts, one of the incidents occurred in the 1970s, two in the 1980s, two in the 1990s and one in 2000."
"'Did he rape me? No,' said one woman, who described a 1980 encounter in which she said Schwarzenegger touched her breast. 'Did he humiliate me? You bet he did.'"
And still more: "None of the six women who gave their accounts to The Times filed any legal action against him."
"Schwarzenegger's campaign spokesman, Sean Walsh, said the candidate has not engaged in improper conduct toward women. He said such allegations are part of an escalating political attack on Schwarzenegger as the recall election approaches."
The paper claims to have not learned of any of the women from Schwarzenegger's opponents in the recall campaign. However, a story such as this one certainly plays directly into the Davis campaign's strategy of casting this election as Davis v. Schwarzenegger and continuing to hammer away at the uncertainty Californians may have about hiring the movie star for Sacramento's top job.
Joe Matthews and Gregg Jones of the Los Angeles Times write-up Schwarzenegger's unveiling of his plans for his first 100 days in office. LINK
"All but declaring himself California's next governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday triumphantly announced a 10-step plan for his first 100 days in office and declared that if legislators don't follow his lead, he'll seek approval for his proposals through the initiative process."
"'I am not here today to talk about campaigning,' Schwarzenegger, hoarse from the campaign, told an audience of several hundred local Republicans at Sacramento's Memorial Auditorium. 'I'm here today to talk about governing.'"
The Washington Post 's William Booth and Rene Sanchez write that criticism of Arnold Schwarzenegger and a "rookie campaign" with little specifics hasn't stuck to the actor.LINK
The Washington Times ' James Lakely looks at Schwarzenegger's plan for his first 100 days in office, including an angry response to the Los Angeles Times poll by state Senator Tom McClintock. LINK
The poll shows that if he were the only Republican in the race, he would beat Bustamante by the same margin as it shows Schwarzenegger winning, McClintock said.
"'The frustrating thing is, if everyone who thought I was the better person voted for me, we'd win the election,' Mr. McClintock said, lamenting that 'people are voting according to somebody else's political calculations instead of their convictions.'"
Margaret Telev and Aurelio Rojas of the Sacramento Bee report about the questions surrounding a Schwarzenegger campaign loan. LINK
"Supporters of Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante plan to file suit today alleging Arnold Schwarzenegger violated state laws by taking out $4 million in loans for his gubernatorial campaign."