SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed a $3 billion bond measure that would fund human embryonic stem cell research, breaking with California's Republican Party.
Schwarzenegger, a Republican, also endorsed a separate ballot proposal Monday to dump political party primaries, a change he said would send more moderates to Sacramento, the state capital.
The endorsement of the stem cell research measure comes at some political risk for the governor, who campaigned against California going deeper into debt when he unseated Gray Davis as governor in last year's recall election.
"California has always been a pioneer. We daringly led the way for the high-tech industry and now voters can help ensure we lead the way for the bio-tech industry," Schwarzenegger said Monday.