Arnold Schwarzenegger Would Have Run for President This Year If He'd Been Born in the U.S.
President Schwarzenegger does have a nice ring to it.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has made it clear that he isn’t voting for Donald Trump on Election Day 2016, but the actor-turned-politician told Adweek that, in a perfect world, he would have launched his own bid for the White House this year.
“If I’d been born in America, I would’ve run,” he told Adweek as he graced the cover of this week’s issue. “Because now? This was a very good time to get in the race.”
The former California governor and high-profile Republican said his past as a bodybuilder has equipped him for campaign life.“I realized early on in bodybuilding that you have to be able to sell yourself, your ideas, your position to the public,” he said. “You have to set yourself apart, whether it’s policy or movies. How do you make them remember you?”Still, the 69-year-old, who served as California’s governor from 2003-2011, admitted that, of all his jobs, he didn’t love his stint in politics. He added, “but I love policy.”RELATED VIDEO: Arnold Schwarzenegger And Family Celebrate Oktoberfest
News of Schwarzenegger’s presidential aspirations come just weeks after the committed Republican announced that he would not be voting for this election’s GOP nominee.“Like many Americans, I’ve been conflicted by this election – I still haven’t made up my mind about how exactly I will vote next month,” he wrote in the statement posted on Twitter.“As proud as I am to label myself a Republican, there is one label that I hold above all else – American,” he continued. “So I want to take a moment today to remind my fellow Republicans that it is not only acceptable to choose your country over your party – it is your duty.”The statement came just days after a controversial video surfaced in which Trump, 70, is heard making lewd comments about women alongside then Access Hollywood host Billy Bush.