Rendell, Schwarzenegger praise stimulus

Feb. 21, 2010 at 1:50 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The governors of Pennsylvania and California say it's hypocritical for Republicans to criticize federal stimulus and then take credit for job creation.

Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif., said they agreed the $787 billion stimulus package, enacted a year ago last week, had created and saved thousands of jobs throughout the country.

"You have a lot of the Republicans running around and ... saying this doesn't create any new jobs, and then they go out and do photo-ops and they're posing with the big check and they say, 'Isn't this great! Look the kind of money I provide here for the state,'" Schwarzenegger said during an appearance with Rendell on ABC's "This Week."

Rendell said the Republicans have been able to paint the stimulus package as a failure because the Obama administration did a poor job of explaining the need for the legislation.

"They let the Republicans paint the spin right from the beginning," Rendell said. "Stimulus got beat up before one dollar was spent."

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