Entries in Arnold Schwarzenegger (5)


Vote 2012: Arnold Schwarzenegger Undecided

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- He’s still a Republican but Arnold Schwarzenegger told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos he doesn’t know who he’ll vote for in the presidential election next month.

“I always wait until the last minute because there are some very interesting debates coming up and I think it’s always nice when you see both of the candidates next to each other and they can debate the issues,” the former California governor said on Good Morning America.

“I’m open-minded and I want to hear what everyone has to say and I’m also not one who just votes on issue.  I vote on the whole package so which one of the candidates really is the best package because no one is perfect and no one is exactly what you want,” Schwarzenegger said. “The ideal thing is if you can put two candidates together but that’s not going to happen and so I’m going to keep an open mind.”

Schwarzenegger has a book out Monday, Total Recall, on growing up in Austria, bodybuilding, Hollywood, his marriage to Maria Shriver and life as governor. It was an unlikely path to becoming a governor. And he told ABC News that while he always had the desire, the 2003 recall election gave him the ideal opportunity to run.

“I said to myself, you know, ‘Arnold if you’re really that interested in public service, here’s your chance, jump in, there’s no primaries, so for a guy that is kind of in the middle, not too far to the right, not too far to the left, it was the perfect situation.’  Next thing I knew, two months later, I won and I became governor,” he said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Schwarzenegger Says Running for Governor Was an Impulse

Lee Celano/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Traditionally, when a political candidate declares that they are officially running for office, the announcement is meticulously planned, the speech carefully written, the ground tested. And they usually tell their spouse first.

But former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was not a traditional candidate, nor did he have much of an appetite for carefully planned events. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Schwarzenegger recounts the night he spontaneously announced his bid for the state’s top role on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

“I just thought, this will freak everyone out,” he told Vanity Fair’s Michael Lewis. “It’ll be so funny. I’ll announce that I am running. I told Leno I was running. And two months later I was governor.”

Schwarzenegger said he had not decided to run until the car ride over to the Leno studio, where he was slated to promote his new movie Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. His announcement that night in August 2003 was news to everyone, including his wife, Maria Shriver.

“I thought about it but decided I wasn’t going to do it. I told Maria I wasn’t running. I told everyone I wasn’t running. I wasn’t running,” he said. “I didn’t have a plan. I didn’t have a staff. I wasn’t running until I went on Jay Leno.”

The Austrian-born movie star rose to gubernatorial prominence as a political outsider in a state that was rife with discontent, plunging into financial collapse and looking for a fresh face to replace then-Democratic Gov. Gray Davis.

At the Terminator 3 release, Schwarzenegger joked that he was the “terminator” of Davis’s future, a joke that rang true when he ousted Davis in the 2003 recall election. Eight years after he took office, his approval rating had plummeted to 25 percent and more than 12 percent of Californians were unemployed.

“You have to step back and say, ‘I was elected under odd circumstances. And I’m going out in odd circumstances,’” Schwarzenegger said. “You can’t have it both ways. You can’t be a spoiled brat.”

“You have to realize the thing was so much fun!” he continued. “We had a great time! There were times of frustration. There were times of disappointment. But if you want to live rather than just exist, you want the drama.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Says D.C. Politicians Are 'Wimps' Against Big Oil

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- After seven years in office, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is preparing for his next act.

State voters will head to the polls Tuesday to elect a new governor, and the man who was once "Mr. Universe" finds himself leaving office deeply unpopular.

Schwarzenegger's approval rating hovers in the low 20s, matching that of his predecessor, Gray Davis. Both candidates fighting to succeed him, Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown, have taken shots at Schwarzenegger on the campaign trail.

Still, the governor hopes that a public eager for him to exit stage left will hold on to some of his ideas. Californians will consider Proposition 23 on Election Day, a ballot measure that would literally throw some of the governor's centerpiece policies onto the junk heap. It could permanently stall many of his energy and environmental policies, which, critics say, eliminate jobs.

"The same players are back trying to destroy our environmental policy," Schwarzenegger, a Republican, told ABC News. "Now, the important thing is we push back, wipe out Proposition 23....It'll be one of the first times in a long time where oil companies, and the rich people who have polluted the world and have enriched themselves by doing that, have been pushed back."

The governor also pointed to environmental successes in California, including ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gases, plans to build the largest solar electricity plant in the world and work to develop electric cars.

Schwarzenegger says California's energy policy successes should serve as a model for the nation.

"We need to go to Washington and say, 'Look what happened. Because oil companies have spent money against you, have threatened you, you backed off the energy policy and the environmental policy in Washington.' What wimps. No guts," he said.

"We're going to go back to Washington and say, 'This is how we did it,' and we're going to give them encouragement."

Asked ABC News, "And when the oil companies say you'll lose more jobs this way?"

"We'll say, if they're interested in creating jobs, then go ahead and spend the millions and millions of dollars you're using for those ads, use it for job creation," Schwarzenegger said. "Help them get jobs but don't just talk about it, spend all this money and try to wipe out our environmental policy."

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


Arnold Schwarzenegger on Meg Whitman: 'Appalling When Anyone Sells Out'

Photo Courtesy - Gov dot CA dot gov(NEW YORK) -- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger used his Twitter account on Thursday to scold both Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman over the controversy that erupted after a recording of a private discussion among members of the Brown campaign surfaced.

One of the governor’s followers asked him, “What do you think about eMeg selling her vote to the police union?”  Schwarzenegger responded:  “It's appalling when anyone sells out.”

The question was a reference to allegations heard on the Brown phone message indicating that the Whitman campaign was trying to cut a deal with the Los Angeles police union in order to secure the group’s endorsement.

The recording also captured a Brown staffer calling Whitman a “whore” -- a blunder that has become a major Whitman talking point in the final stretch of the election.  Brown has since apologized, saying it was wrong for a member of his team to use the word.

Nevertheless, when another Twitter user asked the governor, “What do you personally think about the ‘WHORE’ comment made by Jerry Brown's campaign?" Schwarzenegger wrote: “That word is unacceptable.”

The governor, whose popularity in California has plummeted since he rode into office during the state’s 2003 recall election, has not endorsed a candidate in the race. Recent polls give Brown an edge, but the contest remains tight.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


Republican Governor Predicts Obama Win in 2012 

Photo Courtesy - State of California(HAMBURG, Germany) -- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says that President Obama will win reelection in 2012.

Schwarzenegger told German magazine Der Spiegel that the president’s chances of winning a second term will be enhanced if the GOP regains control of the House after the November elections.

Rubbing salt deeper into Republican wounds, the former Hollywood action star also doesn’t believe the GOP has a viable candidate at this time who can defeat Obama.

In the past, Schwarzenegger has made no secret of his desire to run for the White House.  Since he was born in a foreign country -- in his case, Austria -- the Constitution prohibits him from seeking the presidency.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

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