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Arnold backs immigrant candidacy
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Posted on 02/24/2004 5:53:09 AM PST by Celantro
Arnold backs immigrant candidacy
By Audrey Hudson THE WASHINGTON TIMES
California's Austrian-born governor says foreign-born citizens should be able to run for president and he supports a constitutional amendment to make it happen.
"There's many, many, many people here that have worked within a government and have done an extraordinary job and not have been born in America," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Republican, told NBC's "Meet the Press" yesterday.
"I think that there are so many people here in this country that are now from overseas, immigrants that are doing such a terrific job with the work, bringing businesses here, and all this. There is no reason why not."
Mr. Schwarzenegger cited former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, born in Germany, and Madeleine K. Albright, born in Czechoslovakia, as "great contributors" to the nation.
"Times have changed. I think this is now a much more global economy," said Mr. Schwarzenegger, who added that President Bush could win California in this fall's presidential election.
The Austrian bodybuilder moved to America in 1983, becoming a Hollywood star and later a Republican Party activist. He chaired the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under President George Bush and officially entered politics last year, winning the governorship in California's recall election.
In his first Sunday-morning news interview since taking office less than 100 days ago, Mr. Schwarzenegger was asked about bills introduced in the House and Senate to lift the restriction on eligibility for the presidency and whether he would run for president.
"Well, if Sly will help me, I mean, of course I will," he said, referring to fellow actor Sylvester Stallone, whose futuristic movie "Demolition Man" makes reference to a Schwarzenegger presidency.
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, and Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, are sponsoring bills that would allow those who have been U.S. citizens for more than 20 years to run for president. Rep. Vic Snyder, Arkansas Democrat, has sponsored a similar House bill increasing the necessary length of citizenship to 35 years.
"This restriction has become an anachronism that is decidedly un-American," Mr. Hatch said in announcing the bill.
A spokeswoman for Mr. Hatch told the Salt Lake Tribune the legislation was not written as a means to draft Mr. Schwarzenegger.
For now, Mr. Schwarzenegger said yesterday, he is focused on leading the nation's most populous state.
"There's a lot of work ahead of me," he said, citing California's financial troubles and immigration, unemployment and environmental problems.
Mr. Schwarzenegger said he is counting on the federal government to give California a financial boost, which he predicts will help Mr. Bush win the state this fall.
"If the federal government does great things for California this year, I think there's no two ways about it: President Bush can have California and he can be elected. I'm absolutely convinced of that," he said.
Mr. Schwarzenegger is in Washington for the annual National Governors Association meeting to discuss education, health care and transportation.
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People wonder why I've had it with the two party system? I sure wish John Stossel would run on a Libertarian ticket.
posted on 02/24/2004 5:53:09 AM PST
Arnold please STFU
California's Austrian-born governor says foreign-born citizens should be able to run for president and he supports a constitutional amendment to make it happen
Yeah? Well, Bill Klinton wanted to do away with the 22nd Amendment. Perhaps, the 2 of them ought to get together & form a support group?
posted on 02/24/2004 5:55:57 AM PST
(You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it)
I'm sure it will be passed, and fairly sure it's not intended to benefit Rnold. The debate over his run in Calif. here was spun as he might be too liberal for the rest of the country but he's alright for Calif. I wonder who they really have in mind for us?
posted on 02/24/2004 5:57:10 AM PST
("Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under." -H. L. Mencken)
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"California's Austrian-born governor says foreign-born citizens should be able to run for president and he supports a constitutional amendment to make it happen."
Right Arnold - we'll set it up right after we plug in amendments for gay (mairrage), abortion of demand at grade schools, and relocating the national capital to Mexico City.
You just have to admire a public servant with their priorites in the right place.
posted on 02/24/2004 5:57:54 AM PST
(U.S.A. - - United We Stand - - Divided We Fall - - Support Our Troops - - Vote BUSH)
People wonder why I've had it with the two party system?
We now have many more than two parties. What makes you think that more, or different, major parties will solve anything?
posted on 02/24/2004 5:58:16 AM PST
Arnold's proposal sounds like the Kennedy influence seeping out. Next, he will be proposing that there was no bridge in Chappaquidic.
posted on 02/24/2004 5:59:05 AM PST
Remember the good old days when the law was the law, and it didn't need to be changed every time somebody with a big ego wanted different?
posted on 02/24/2004 5:59:26 AM PST
Think he'll clean up that steroid mess?
posted on 02/24/2004 6:00:17 AM PST
(freepo ergo sum)
I'd sure like to see how Arnold straightens out Californjia before he changes the Constitution of the U.S.A.
posted on 02/24/2004 6:03:14 AM PST
Nothing to do with the two-party system. It's called human nature, or original sin. Nothing in this world will ever be perfect.
I said to begin with that I thought Karl Rove manipulated things so Simon would lose and Arnold would win, because he wanted a pro-abort Country Clubber in California. Now he has what he wants, and it was a big mistake.
I wouldn't vote for Arnold for president under any consideration. But we can live with him as governor of California as long as Rove comes to his senses and Arnold is quarantined in California. If Arnold comes to the Republican convention and starts pitching the Big Tent again, it will divide the party and we will have NO CHANCE of a significant gain in the Senate.
The solution is to try to bring the Republicans to their senses, not to go chasing after some third party that will have all of the same troubles. Was Pat Buchanan the solution? Was Ross Perot? Will the next splinter party candidate be any better? They're all human, and Bush is far better than most of them. I just wish Rove would get a little political sense. Abortion is a losing game for the Republicans. It's not only wrong, it's politically stupid.
posted on 02/24/2004 6:03:37 AM PST
>We now have many more than two parties. What makes you think that more, or different, major parties will solve anything?
We don't in practice. Two parties get virtually all of the votes. We need a third party with a chance for a serious run in order to restore Conservatism by sending a message to the Republican Party that its base cannot be taken for granted. Leftists apparently feel that a third party candidate like Ralph Nader is a threat to their dominance too.
I'm telling you, John Stossel sounds like he'd get my vote. Both the dems and the Republicans would be in panic mode if he made a serious run. They'd both need to find their base and appeal to it for a change.
posted on 02/24/2004 6:06:27 AM PST
Does anyone think this MIGHT have something to do with the Gubernator's chances of running for President??
The Gubernator is a perfect example of WHY foreign borns shouldn't run for President. His anti-gun record bespeaks a foreign attitude towards firearms and their significance in gaining and keeping our freedom.
I'll trust Adams, Franklin, Washington, Jefferson, et al on this issue over a Hollyweird strongman from Austria. with a Kennedy bride, on the make for higher office.
The Gubernator should strighten out Kalifornia's mess before suggesting ways to amend the Constitution.
By the way, why did it take the Gubernator so long to come out hiding over the law-breakinig, homophilic mayor of San Francisco escapade?
The Gubernator is NO Ronald Reagan.
posted on 02/24/2004 6:12:25 AM PST
(GOD BLESS SENATOR McCARTHY!!!!)
Questions for the citizenship legal experts:
a) If US citizens working for the US government, or just visiting, in Austria give birth while there, is the child now eligible to run for President?
b) If Austrian citizens working or visiting in the US give birth, is the child now eligible to run for President?
posted on 02/24/2004 6:16:57 AM PST
The first criteria in discussing the need for foreigners to run our government should be if there are no available and worthy candidates within our own country. I will pass on that one because the selection looks rather meager at the present time.
The second issue would be vetting the prospective candidate to see if he carried the loyalty of his former country interests over that of the United States. I can see where this could fairly be called a toss-up with our present political system of selecting only those interested in their own and special interests instead of genuine regard for the betterment of the nation as a whole.
The biggest problem I see, would be the possibility of electing a succesor to the policies of the Third Reich or the Soviet Union. We have enough of our own extemists, thank you!
posted on 02/24/2004 6:27:18 AM PST
I'm telling you, John Stossel sounds like he'd get my vote.
And which major party would benefit by your vote for Stossel?
Both the dems and the Republicans would be in panic mode if he made a serious run.
They'd both need to find their base and appeal to it for a change.
They were all put in office by the voters, many of whom make up that so-called "base". "It's the voters,...."
Conservatives voting Third Party self fragment and dilute their power across multiple parties....or is that your intention?
posted on 02/24/2004 6:27:24 AM PST
There is a reason why it's hard to ammend the Constitution...regardless Arnold is not presidential material (then again who is these days, the people who would best serve as President want nothing to do with the job or the campaigning).
I'd like to see Arnold uphold and enforce the existing laws first.
He can "dream the impossible dream" there's nothing wrong with that.
He has CA Attorney General Lockyer in his crosshairs over the gay marriage idiocy. I hope he keeps him there.
posted on 02/24/2004 7:19:26 AM PST
>Conservatives voting Third Party self fragment and dilute their power across multiple parties....or is that your intention?
Conservatives voting Republican have to hold their noses to do it and my nose is beginning to hurt from all the holding. I'd rather vote for a conservative/Libertarian myself. I'm done.
posted on 02/24/2004 7:29:08 AM PST
Conservatives voting Republican have to hold their noses to do it and my nose is beginning to hurt from all the holding.
Bull. If your nose hurts, put some ice on it.
I'd rather vote for a conservative/Libertarian myself.
Give it a rest.
Is that so.
posted on 02/24/2004 4:16:05 PM PST
Great reply! Highly intellectual. Insightful too.
posted on 02/24/2004 7:04:32 PM PST
You're beginning to get it.
posted on 02/24/2004 7:46:03 PM PST
No, Arnie. We do not want to go there!
What the hell was Annuld smoking when he stated that Maddie Halfbright did a good job?
My guess would be crack cocaine!
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posted on 02/25/2004 1:23:22 AM PST
(The fly cannot be driven away by getting angry at it)
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posted on 02/25/2004 1:24:14 AM PST
(The fly cannot be driven away by getting angry at it)
What's Orrin Hatch thinking?
It's the One-Two punch that typifies this administration.
One: We're going to pass an amendment banning homosexual marriage. (Conservative reaction: Good!)
Two: Oh yeah, and while we're at it we're going to pass another one allowing those who weren't born here to become President.
posted on 02/25/2004 5:54:00 AM PST
Maddie All-dumb! She was the worst vindictive person ever to be Sec. of State.
It is difficult for the citizens to have President who speaks with a foreign accent. Yes we had one (or two) that spoke with a hillbilly accent. However, foreign accent does interfere with the message. Having said that, I must admit that a greater percentage of foreign born and first generation American Citizens pay attention to politics, and feel more patriotic about this country than natives.
Forget it, Aharnult. If I wanted to live under a RINO, I'd move to Africa and dig a hole.
posted on 02/25/2004 6:08:04 AM PST
(Gridlock '05 - the Lesser of Three Evils.)
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