California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the man behind the “Terminator” who coined the term “I’ll be back” as one of Hollywood’s most legendary phrases, might be considering a comeback to politics, say various GOP insiders in the state of California.
The possibility of Schwarzenegger’s comeback to the political area in a 2018 U.S. Senate bid, perhaps as “independent”, has generated a buzz in Republican circles throughout the state. The gossip is fueled by Schwarzenegger’s ability to irritate and get on the nerves of current US President Trump throughout social media sites.
Feud With President
The president’s offensive tweets regarding Schwarzenegger, the most recent host for “Celebrity Apprentice,” and the pair’s ongoing feud, sparked discussion that the competitive Schwarzenegger, a seven-time winner of Mr. Olympia’s world bodybuilding championships, might be hoping to get much more than a verbal showdown with Trump.
His ticket into the Senate race in 2018, once Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein will be about 85 years of age and up to be reelected, “would give Arnold the stage to jam Trump for the next 16 months,’’ says one veteran strategist in the GOP who wishes to remain anonymous.
It may also allow Schwarzenegger to go against the president regarding key political issues, such as climate change, immigration, and political reform.
Possible Senate Run
Daniel Ketchell, Schwarzenegger’s spokesman, didn’t rule out any possibility of a Senate run when he was asked to respond to such speculation.
“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,’’ said Ketchell to POLITICO Thursday. “We are keeping all of our options open as far as how we can accomplish that.”
If he were to be a candidate, “he would become an instant player,’’ not just on certain issues of political reform, but on the issue of “cap and trade and climate change,’’ too, said David McCuan, political analyst from Sonoma State University.
“[Schwarzenegger is] someone who could play a huge role if Republicans wanted any hope of having relevance in California.’’