Jesse Draper: Hi! I am the Valley Girl. I live in Silicon Valley: the heart of innovative technology. I know where all these awesome companies are, but how the heck did they get here? That's what I am here to find out. I am like the valley girl. What do you do?
Whoa! I'm in such a state, the State of California that is. Can you imagine being governor of California? I think it's probably like being CEO of a company but way bigger. Our next guest might just be the man for the job. He's running for Governor, and he's just awesome! Please welcome Mr. Tom Campbell. Hi Tom, how are you?
Tom Campbell: Hi Valley Girl! I am fine. Nice to see you.
Jesse Draper: Nice to see you too. Welcome, welcome to our set. Have a seat.
Tom Campbell: Thank you. I'm awed with your set. It's singular.
Jesse Draper: I'll pour you something to drink. So you're running for Governor. That's awesome! How is it going?
Tom Campbell: Oh yeah. It's going great. Thank you.
Jesse Draper: So now what is a Governor?
Tom Campbell: The Chief Executive Officer of the state. And the most important thing is to take care of the emergencies, the needs of the state in the immediate. And then also try to make some long term plans to make our state better.
Jesse Draper: How long term?
Tom Campbell: Let's say ten years as a safe estimate. It'll take about ten years to get us into a system where we're no longer spending the money that we want but just the money that we have.
Jesse Draper: Yeah, I don't think it's a good idea to spend more money than we have.
Tom Campbell: No, we can't do that -
Jesse Draper: And you have negative bucks.
Tom Campbell: Negative bucks. And credit cards start calling you up, and yeah, it gets nasty. Do you have similar problems here on the set of Valley Girl?
Jesse Draper: I do.
Tom Campbell: Spending money that you don't yet have.
Jesse Draper: Yeah, typically on pink things. I do. So now what qualities do you think make a good Governor?
Tom Campbell: A Governor will know a lot about the state. I think it's wise to have spent a lot of time in government, and if you preferably had spent a lot of time in the finance side because that's our almost critical need. Education is here too. That's the state's fundamental obligation. So it wouldn't hurt if you've been a teacher.
Jesse Draper: Yeah. Like?
Tom Campbell: Like, for example--
Jesse Draper: Tom Campbell.
Tom Campbell: Like a teacher for 26 years for example, just to choose around a number. So financial matters first. Let's make sure, we don't spend more than we have. Education is the next generation, it's the future. I want to be sure that we have jobs.
Jesse Draper: Do you think people should have jobs?
Tom Campbell: By all means, they should have jobs. And I think Silicon Valley is a tremendous example for the rest of the state.
Jesse Draper: I love Silicon Valley. And you know I am the Valley Girl.
Tom Campbell: And I was the Congressmen from Silicon Valley for nine years.
Jesse Draper: Wow?
Tom Campbell: And the State Senator from Silicon Valley.
Jesse Draper: So we definitely have something in common.
Tom Campbell: Well totally, we do. In fact, including the language. I'm learning to speak more and more like a Valley person.
Jesse Draper: What are some of the other problems that you think we need to fix here?
Tom Campbell: Exactly! You can't understand - hydrate, you have to grow crops. You can't run California unless you have got a plan for water.
Jesse Draper: What makes you a good candidate for Governor?
Tom Campbell: I've spent my whole life as a teacher or in government service. So since I've graduated from college, I've either worked in the government or I've been a teacher with the exception of one-and-a-half years when I tried to be a lawyer and decided that wasn't very good at it.
Jesse Draper: At least you tried. Hi-five for that.
Tom Campbell: Hey! Absolutely! Make sure I hit that right.
Jesse Draper: Now, if you become governor, do you have to wear a wig? Like what happen to the wig party?
Tom Campbell: Well, that's cool. I think that was Whig not wig. But it's a confusion that a lot of people make. I can't tell you how many historians can't figure out how come these politicians were not wearing wigs all the time.
Jesse Draper: As a governor do you make all the laws? Because I have a law I would like you to work on?
Tom Campbell: Does it involve the color pink?
Jesse Draper: Yes.
Tom Campbell: I thought it might... tell me the law.
Jesse Draper: Okay, I just have a really big issue with stop signs. One, I don't understand why we have to stop. Two, they should be pink. At least add a little something to my stopping.
Tom Campbell: This shows your fiscal conservative nature, because going from red to pink is not a huge thing.
Jesse Draper: Yeah. You just add a little white.
Tom Campbell: And would you put this in priority?
Jesse Draper: Well actually, I have a prototype here for you.
Tom Campbell: You have a prototype. Oh that is so cool! So cool!
Jesse Draper: And it wouldn't be a bad thing if we added some glitter.
Tom Campbell: Right, to get better attention at night particularly.
Jesse Draper: I designed it myself.
Tom Campbell: It is so good that I would copyright it. I will put C circle Valley Girl right there.
Jesse Draper: That would be a good advertising for me in the State of California.
Tom Campbell: I think so. And you would like me to make this top priority if I get to be governor.
Jesse Draper: Yeah. I mean, I think that would be, I think....
Tom Campbell: More important than education, more important than people who are out of work, more important that water. Yeah, I finally - yeah.
Jesse Draper: Yeah, I think so. I mean, it would at least make people happier. I want them to stop and be a little happy about stopping. So they know, people have decided that stopping is a good idea. At stop signs, it is a good idea.
Tom Campbell: Particularly, if there's somebody else coming. Thank you for this idea and for having brought the prop.
Jesse Draper: I think it's time for a break. We'll be back with more fun and Tom Campbell right after this.