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Iraq Withdrawal Ballot Question Now in Lap of Schwarzenegger

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Aired 4/19/09

It's now up to Governor Schwarzenegger to decide whether California voters will see an advisory measure about the Iraq war on February's ballot. The legislation authored by the Democratic head of the State Senate would ask voters whether the U.S. should withdraw immediately from Iraq. It's been approved by both houses of the legislature.

At a news conference Wednesday, a reporter asked the governor whether what he thought of the measure.

Reporter : Is it a hand grenade tossed in your lap?

Schwarzenegger : I would call something else a hand grenade -- not that. I mean, that's you know, I will deal with it, but as soon as I read it -- I'm looking forward to reading it.

The governor said he hadn't yet seen the measure, and wouldn't say whether he'd sign it or not. Supporters say it's a chance for California voters to go on the record about the war. Opponents say it's a state-funded survey that demoralizes the troops serving there.

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