FRESNO, Calif. (AP) _ Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante abruptly shifted strategy Sunday, moving away from his previous position that his campaign was simply a fallback position in case Gov. Gray Davis is recalled.

At a rally here of 2,500 Bustamante supporters, there was little mention of ``No on recall.''

``The governor is focused on the first question, and I've got to be focused on the second,'' Bustamante said.

Voters on Oct. 7 will be asked if Davis should be recalled, and if so, by whom.

``You didn't hear it over the roar of the crowd, but at the end of the speech, I said, 'No on recall, Yes on Bustamante,'' the Democratic lieutenant governor insisted.

But it was one of the few times the ``no on recall'' part of the equation was mentioned.

Bustamante also announced he would transfer $3.8 million received from Indian tribes to a committee established to fight Proposition 54, the Oct. 7 ballot initiative that would restrict public agencies from collecting racial data.

The initiative has failed to win support from either Bustamante or the main Republican contender in the recall race, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Bustamante told a campaign rally he would spend every dollar raised above the contribution limits to defeat the ``regressive and dangerous initiative'' pushed by conservative activist Ward Connerly.

In Sunday's Los Angeles Times, Connerly conceded, ``There is no way we can match that,'' and acknowledged the measure would probably be defeated.

The lieutenant governor has been criticized by Republicans and even the state Democratic Party chairman for accepting millions from Indian tribes. He skirted around the $21,200 individual contribution limit by accepting multimillion dollar donations to his 2002 campaign committee for lieutenant governor.

Because that committee was created before California's new campaign finance law took effect, it is not subject to the contribution caps imposed on newer campaign accounts. The money was then transferred into his recall committee account.

Also Sunday, Davis acknowledged saying ``you shouldn't be governor unless you can pronounce the name of the state,'' but said the comment was made in jest.

The Sacramento Bee reported Davis made the comment to a voter at a union rally Saturday, apparently in reference to Republican candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger, who speaks with a heavy Austrian accent.

``I was just joking around with someone in the crowd,'' Davis said after riding in a Mexican Independence Day parade in east Los Angeles.

But he added ``it's not a joke'' that Schwarzenegger voted for Proposition 187, a measure denying some social services to illegal immgrants, and that he would vote to repeal the bill allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers licenses. The measure was largely invalidated in the courts.

Schwarzenegger, campaigning in a heavily Hispanic Los Angeles suburb, said his pronunciation of ``California'' was just one of the words Davis didn't like to hear.

``He doesn't like 'lost jobs,' he doesn't like that word,'' Schwarzenegger said after participating in an awards ceremony for Inner City Games, a youth foundation he supports.

``He doesn't like 'blackouts.''' Schwarzengger said. ``He doesn't like 'energy crisis.' And he definitely doesn't like 'recall.'''

At the Mexican Independence Day parade in Los Angeles, Davis was cheered by onlookers _ many carrying ``no recall'' signs _ as he rode along the parade route in a double-decker bus.

But 42-year-old Olga Pizano said it was wrong for Davis to criticize Schwarzenegger's accent.

``Only Hispanics can say it right _ California,'' she said, rolling her ``r.'' ``This was Mexico. You have to pronounce the 'r'.''


Associated Press writers Erica Werner and Tim Molloy in Los Angeles contributed to this story.