Schwarzenegger Says Pro-Bush Speech Irked His Wife
Tue Oct 19, 7:22 AM ET
U.S. National - Reuters
MONTEREY, Calif. (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (news - web sites) said on Monday that his speech backing President Bush (news - web sites) at the Republican Convention in August resulted in a cold shoulder from his wife, Maria Shriver, a member of the famously Democratic Kennedy family.
"Well, there was no sex for 14 days," Schwarzenegger told former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta in an on-stage conversation in front of 1,000 people.
"Everything comes with side effects," he said, drawing laughter from the crowd.
Panetta, a Democrat, had asked how Shriver, whose uncle was President John F. Kennedy, had reacted to his praised but partisan convention speech.
Schwarzenegger referred to Shriver several times in the 90-minute conversation.
"I don't know why I watched the presidential debates," he said. "If I want to watch a smart liberal Democrat and a Republican leader argue, all we have to do is go out to dinner. They were lucky. They only had to do it three times."
Asked about the difference between following Hollywood movie scripts and being on his own in politics, he quipped: "When you're married to my wife, you're never your own boss."
California is expected to support Democratic challenger John Kerry (news - web sites) in the election in two weeks, and Schwarzenegger, who faces re-election in 2006, has been careful not to offend the majority Democratic voters in his state.
"I think both (candidates) are doing a great job; it's very tedious to be out there campaigning a year and a half," he said at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy in Monterey. "You make one mistake and you lose the presidency."
Schwarzenegger said the one state where he might campaign for Bush outside of California was Ohio, where he owns a gym and sponsors an annual body building competition.
"I said to the president I'm perfectly willing to go to Ohio if he needs me there but I can't travel around from state to state because I'm working for the people of California," he said.
She is a skank.
But yeah....your right.
Oh fuck that stupid bitch. She shouldn't have married the guy if she didn't like his politics. What, he's supposed to cut his balls off and sit on his hands cause she doesn't agree with him?
He probably signed off on the .50cal ban in exchange for a b.j.
It looks like uncle ted is calling the shots sometimes.
he should NEVER be President of the US....NEVER.....
Er, he can't be. He's not a native-born citizen.
Hatch proposes lessening presidential requirements
By Jessica Cambridge email
Collegian Staff Writer
All U.S. citizens have the right to vote, but not all citizens are allowed to run for president.
U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has proposed to extend this right to more citizens with the Equal Opportunity to Govern Amendment, legislation which would allow any U.S. citizen who has lived in the United States for 20 years to run for the presidency.
Christine Shott, spokeswoman for Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said Santorum is looking at the issues raised by Hatch's legislation.
"The senator is aware of Senator Hatch's proposed legislation and is currently studying the issue," Shott said.
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are two elected officials who were not born in this country. Granholm was born in Canada and Schwarzenegger was born in Austria.
Requirements for President Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution:
1. A natural born citizen or U.S. citizen at the time of the adoption of the Constitution
2. Must be at least 35 years old
3. Must have been a U.S. resident for at least 14 years
James Eisenstein, a Penn State political science professor, said it was necessary to consider why such legislation was being introduced now, suggesting that Schwarzenegger's position as California governor may be one reason for it.
"It's got a very strong partisan element. You would be expanding opportunity. There may be some advantages to the Republican Party if they can nominate Schwarzenegger," Eisenstein said.
Eisenstein said that if the amendment were not put into effect now, it wouldn't pass.
"It's about Schwarzenegger. If you drafted it in such a way [that] Schwarzenegger wouldn't benefit, people wouldn't work hard for it," he said.
Liz Boyd, Granholm's spokeswoman, said Granholm supports such an amendment, even though she has no interest in running for president.
"The governor believes that naturalized citizens should be allowed to run for president. She thinks that the American people are ready to vote for such a change," Boyd said.
Boyd said a long citizenship requirement would get rid of some concerns.
"If there is concern about loyalty to America, then a requirement that naturalized citizens have to live in the United States for 25 years should alleviate the concern," Boyd said.
Matthew Spalding is the director of the Center of American Studies at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank that makes policy recommendations and comments on government proposals on a regular basis.
Spalding said he has written generally on citizenship issues in the past and was asked to testify before the Committee on the Judiciary, a U.S. Senate committee.
Long periods of citizenship and residency could alleviate national security fears raised by instituting such a change, Spalding said.
"You're trying to recreate this idea of attachment. The objective here is that someone is here long enough to be Americanized in a deep or meaningful way," Spalding said.
Michael Gilpin (senior-management) said he didn't agree with the proposed legislation.
"Even though it might not be fair to some, I feel you should be natural born," he said.
However, Laurel Willman (junior-health and human development) said she supported the amendment.
"I think 20 years is a long time to understand our culture and society. They should be given an opportunity to positively change the country," Willman said.
Spalding said he didn't think this legislation would influence this year's presidential election. "I think it may be a longer term [issue] as we have younger immigrants who are coming of age. I don't see any immediate political issue to it," he said.
Spalding said he supported a 35-year citizenship requirement and a grandfather clause that would delay the implementation of the amendment.
"I say we have a grandfather clause, so no current players can benefit from the system. If it's an important change now, it should be important 10 years from now," Spalding said.
Perhaps he's joking? I know lots of guys here would make comments like this, just for a laugh.
Self-serving PR...he is a liberal European socialist and he knows some of us recognize him as such...he will go to any extreme for votes for himself...and whomever else can assist him in his quest for power. He is nobody's conservative...just a better, but still bad, alternative to Davis, who was a total whacko.
She's skanky looking.
My wife met her when she was campaigning for Uncle Ted's primary bid in 1980. The missus refers to her as "skeletor".