AirTalk for July 19, 2010

Filthy rich candidates: how’s it play in politics?

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WASHINGTON - MARCH 09: A man carries a props money bag during a rally at the Lafayette Square March 9, 2009 in Washington, DC.

Personal and campaign wealth has lately been highly publicized in California’s Senatorial and Gubernatorial races. But, does winning the money race equal winning the election? It’s no secret that Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is a multimillionaire and Meg Whitman, Republican gubernatorial candidate, is a billionaire who’s already spent more than $90 million of her own money in her campaign – she’s even been attacked by Jerry Brown for her unprecedented spending. While Democratic candidates Brown and Boxer have significantly fewer assets than their opponents, they are still wealthy compared to the average voter. Do well-off candidates turn you on or off? And, does financial prosperity factor into who you’ll vote for?


Carla Marinucci, Political Writer, San Francisco Chronicle

Mark Barabak, Political Correspondent for the L.A. Times

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