I’ll be back: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s possible ’18 Senate run

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R- November 17, 2003 – January 3, 2011) has begun considering a 2018 Senate run as a third-party, or possible independent, candidate.

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WASHINGTON, March 11, 2017 – Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R- November 17, 2003 – January 3, 2011) is considering a 2018 Senate run as a third-party, or independent, candidate.

Schwarzenegger’s entrance would give him the stage to continue to lock horns with President Trump over political issues. Trump has publically excoriated the former body builder with bad ratings leading to the cancellation of Celebrity Apprentice, the reality TV show that had “B” celebrities competing for awards.

Current Senator Dianne Feinstein is 85 years old and up for reelection. Feinstein, who is a very vocal in supporting gun control and the revision of the 2nd Amd. is seen as being out of touch with California and the issues that concern 50% of Americans – jobs and illegal aliens.

As the Senator from California, Schwarzenegger would be able to differentiate himself from Trump on key issues, including climate change, political reform, and immigration.


Schwarzenegger spokesman Daniel Ketchell did not rule out a possible Senate run when discussing the possibility with Politico.

“Right now Gov. Schwarzenegger’s focus is on using his platform to bring some sensibility and coherency to Washington by fighting for redistricting reform like we did in California. We are keeping all of our options open as far as how we can accomplish that.”

Schwarzenegger on Facebook has blasted both parties on certain issues and has warned that both parties are skilled at “screwing over the voters and keeping them in the dark”.

California political watchers say a Schwarzenegger return to the political stage is not only possible, but it would be riveting political theater. Attacks on both major parties is leading some to suggest Schwarzenegger, a lifelong Republican, may be eyeing a future role as an independent candidate.

A registered Republican for many years, as an actor Schwarzenegger’s his political views contrasted with those of many other prominent Hollywood stars. At the 2004 Republican National Convention, Schwarzenegger gave a speech and explained he was a Republican because the Democrats of the 1960s sounded too much like Austrian socialists.

I finally arrived here in 1968. What a special day it was. I remember I arrived here with empty pockets but full of dreams, full of determination, full of desire. The presidential campaign was in full swing. I remember watching the Nixon–Humphrey presidential race on TV. A friend of mine who spoke German and English translated for me. I heard Humphrey saying things that sounded like socialism, which I had just left.

But then I heard Nixon speak. He was talking about free enterprise, getting the government off your back, lowering the taxes and strengthening the military.

Listening to Nixon speak sounded more like a breath of fresh air. I said to my friend, I said, “What party is he?” My friend said, “He’s a Republican.” I said, “Then I am a Republican.” And I have been a Republican ever since. (Wikipedia)

Nominated by President George H.W. Bush, who called him “Conan the Republican” Schwarzenegger served as chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports from 1990 to 1993. He also served as Chairman for the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under Governor Pete Wilson.

Schwarzenegger married television journalist Maria Shriver, niece of democratic President John F. Kennedy, in Hyannis, Massachusetts in April 1986, dissolving the marriage 25 years following revelations that Schwarzenegger had fathered a son more than fourteen years earlier with an employee in their household, Mildred Patricia ‘Patty’ Baena.

Trump and Schwarzenegger have been attacking each other on Twitter over a variety of issues. In January, Trump tore into his lackluster “Celebrity Apprentice” TV ratings.

Schwarzenegger has responded to Trump, at one time even asking Trump: “Why don’t we switch jobs?”

Schwarzenegger’s, the mega-movie star behind the Conanc the Barbarian and Terminator movie franchise has more political experience than Donald Trump as well as their shared entertainment celebrity histories.

 

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