AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week He did not issue the apology that some of his opponents have demanded, but said he takes “full responsibility” for the results of the special election and now realizes the public didn’t want it. Schwarzenegger said he also should have listened to his wife, Maria Shriver, who advised against the special election. “The bottom line is, we did it. And the bottom line is, we didn’t win.” The comments came after a 40-minute meeting between Schwarzenegger and the “Big Five” legislative leaders, who expressed a desire to work together. As a symbol of his desire to cooperate, Schwarzenegger said he would seek input from Democratic legislators in crafting his next State of the State address, to be delivered in January, when he will spell out his vision for the final year of his first term. A newly contrite Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday that he realizes he never should have called the special election, but he vowed to work with Democrats to push forward with reform despite his sweeping failure at the ballot box. Schwarzenegger met with legislative leaders of both parties in a move toward reconciliation and struck a tone of humility, reflection and optimism in his first public comments since voters Tuesday soundly rejected all four of the measures on his reform agenda. “It’s always easy to look back,” Schwarzenegger said when asked whether he should have done anything differently. “As a matter of fact, if I were to do another `Terminator’ movie, I would have Terminator travel back in time to tell Arnold not to have a special election.” During this year’s State of the State address, Democratic leaders were unhappily caught by surprise when Schwarzenegger announced the reform agenda that ultimately resulted in the special election. In the months after that speech, the governor’s tone was seen as increasingly aggressive and partisan, even as resistance and attacks from the state’s public-employee unions increased. It came in stark contrast to his first year in office, when Schwarzenegger cultivated an image as a centrist who was able to work well with Democrats to craft compromises on issues such as budget reform and a workers’ compensation overhaul. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles – who had been increasingly critical of the governor’s tone in the final weeks before the special election and on the day after it – said he was impressed by Schwarzenegger’s attitude Thursday. “During the campaign, particularly in the last couple weeks, I was saying this is not the governor he promised to be,” Nu ez said. “Today, in my conversation with him, both privately and in the `Big Five,’ he really was sounding like the governor we elected. So that’s a very positive sign.” [email protected] (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!