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Schwarzenegger For President?
AOL Political Machine ^ | December 22, 2008 | Christopher Weber

Posted on 12/22/2008 12:08:40 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

In a sprawling interview with 60 Minutes last night, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger dropped a not-so-subtle hint to Republicans: get busy changing the Constitution because Ahnold has his eyes on the White House. Asked by Scott Pelley if he'd like to be president, Schwarzenegger responded in no uncertain terms:

"Yeah, absolutely," Schwarzenegger acknowledged. "I think that I am always a person that looks for the next big goal. And I love challenges. I always set goals that are so high, that are almost impossible to achieve. Because then, you're always hungry for climbing and climbing. Because it's always interesting. The climb is always interesting. When you get there you just have to pick another goal."

Schwarzenegger was, of course, not born in the U.S.A. so it would take some rule changing before he's able to launch a presidential bid. I'm sure Californians, myself included, would like to see the governor make good on his campaign promise to chip away at the Golden State's epic budget shortfall before he starts looking for a promotion.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: birthcertificate; certifigate; foreignborn; obci; schwarzenegger
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1 posted on 12/22/2008 12:08:40 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!


2 posted on 12/22/2008 12:10:40 PM PST by alarm rider ("Father, let me dedicate all this year to thee". Lawrence Tuttiett (1825-1897))
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Or rule ignoring. Obama set the precedence for that.

it would take some rule changing before he's able to launch a presidential bid

3 posted on 12/22/2008 12:11:08 PM PST by DManA
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Like a lot (but not all Republicans), I was pleased to see Schwarzenegger win the Governors office in the recall election and then win re-election.

But Arnold has gone off the ranch just one too many times for me. Although I suspect his allegiances are with the GOP, several of his policy stances don’t point in that direction.

And frankly, there’s no way that Arnold is gonna get the Constitution changed. He’d be better off running against Feinstein or Boxer.


4 posted on 12/22/2008 12:11:59 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Not NO, but...

HELL NO!!!!

No more RINOs!!!!

5 posted on 12/22/2008 12:12:04 PM PST by DocH (Hussein Obama: Leader of an America-Hating Socialist /Black Nationalist Sleeper Cell)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“Schwarzenegger was, of course, not born in the U.S.A. so it would take some rule changing before he’s able to launch a presidential bid.”

Is that rule still operative?


6 posted on 12/22/2008 12:12:41 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Tread lightly. This makes about as much sense as 0bama winning the presidency.
7 posted on 12/22/2008 12:13:46 PM PST by LiberConservative ("I can see upstate from my house!")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
so it would take some rule changing before he's able to launch a presidential bid

Oh, nothing serious, just amending the Constitution...but hey, why bother? Obama didn't.

8 posted on 12/22/2008 12:14:35 PM PST by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Ick
ick
ICK!


9 posted on 12/22/2008 12:15:17 PM PST by Brad’s Gramma ( PRAY!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Good luck Arnold.

Does he have any idea how LONG it takes to change the Constitution? Or any idea how complex it is for a Constitutional Amendment?

They’ve been trying for 30 years to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.

America is not going to spend the next 10-30 years to change the Constitution to benefit one man.


10 posted on 12/22/2008 12:15:23 PM PST by earlJam
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

We don’t need to change the Constitution. Ahhnold just needs to change parties. If he hasn’t already.


11 posted on 12/22/2008 12:16:06 PM PST by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

That section of the Constitution has already been suspended, resulting in acceptance of the nascent obama regime, with their non-citizen figurehead titular head.

Merely one step on the way to disregarding the Constitution altogether.


12 posted on 12/22/2008 12:16:23 PM PST by alloysteel (Balkanization - perhaps one of the few remaining ways to preserve American ideals.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
He has no idea why the founders specified natural-born candidates. That's what makes him dangerous. The same goes for any other wannabe with no credentials and even less talent.

(Yo, Bammy! They're talkin' 'bout'cha again.)

13 posted on 12/22/2008 12:16:52 PM PST by Eastbound
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

On the domestic spending/limited government side, this would be George Bush on steroids. Exactly what we don’t need unless, of course, we want to kill the Republican Party once and for all.


14 posted on 12/22/2008 12:17:33 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

There you have it.

The real reason Obama’s citizenship was never really questioned by the GOP, notwithstanding all the smoke.

Now, the Black Austrian steps in.

Sorry, Ben, we’ve blown it.


15 posted on 12/22/2008 12:17:40 PM PST by swarthyguy (*Bush Promised us Osama, instead we're getting Obama*)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

No way, Jose.


16 posted on 12/22/2008 12:18:25 PM PST by Jim Robinson (We ARE the dissent, baby!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Yeah. And the interviewer described him as a 'movie action hero'. My question. What qualification does a 'movie action hero' have that would make him qualified to be 'president'.

First, he is not a hero. Second, doing an action movie where there is no bodily risk is not heroism. Real heros generally are not paid millions of dollars to playact. They sacrifice, many time their all.

17 posted on 12/22/2008 12:20:13 PM PST by Parmy
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Okay, I’m willing to let go of the no foreign born citizens rule, as long as we can put another one in place that makes you ineligible if the majority of people can’t spell your name.:)


18 posted on 12/22/2008 12:20:54 PM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (Obama is for (leaving you with pocket) change.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Unlike Obama, whose legend says he was born in Hawaii, we KNOW Arnold was born in Austria. He can't just wave his arms and fake it, like Obama has.

Changing the Constitution takes time, which Arnold does not have. However, if he runs as a Senator as a Republican, he would be to the right of both Boxer and Feinstein, on at least some issues. He has made a terrible chief executive (governor), because he has tried to make everyone like him, and has failed.

19 posted on 12/22/2008 12:21:22 PM PST by NathanR ( Drill here. Drill now. Pay less.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I don’t mind very much the idea of amending the Constitution to allow naturalized citizens to be president. But I wouldn’t vote for Schwarzenegger. He can go make another Predator for all I care.


20 posted on 12/22/2008 12:22:27 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Sure! Why not? He's done such a bang-up job out there in Cauleyphoniyah.{/s}

The actual Terminator character did less damage to the state over the course of three movies.

21 posted on 12/22/2008 12:22:49 PM PST by AngryJawa (SOCIALISM SUCKS)
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To: alarm rider

this bozo couldn’t carry California even if he was able to run.


22 posted on 12/22/2008 12:23:04 PM PST by wny
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
The article is simply ignorant. It takes 2/3rds of both houses of congress and 3/4 of the state legislatures to pass an amendment of any kind.  No serious person believes either to be possible in Arnold's lifetime. This article was simply written by someone that thinks he has to write something every day and didn't have anything else to write about.  It's sole purpose is the same as the guiding principle of People Magazine & The National Enquirer... eyeballs count, not intelligent thinking.
23 posted on 12/22/2008 12:23:05 PM PST by HawaiianGecko (Online internet polls are foolish: Winston Churchill, 1939)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

He’ll do for American what he did for California.


24 posted on 12/22/2008 12:23:14 PM PST by pogo101
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25 posted on 12/22/2008 12:23:19 PM PST by Eye of Unk (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! SA)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Schwarzenegger for President?

Aside from the fact that he is Constitutionally barred from the office, I still would say, thanks but no thanks. The last thing we need is another RINO in a position of any authority."

26 posted on 12/22/2008 12:24:49 PM PST by mort56
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I think it would be great to let Ahhnold start campaigning right away. Screw the Constitution. When confronted, he just needs to point to the lack of interest in Obama’s eligibility questions. Maybe it will shine a brighter light and force Obama to show legitimate proof.

Hey, if Obama didn’t have to show proof, why should anybody else?


27 posted on 12/22/2008 12:25:07 PM PST by Hatteras
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
If the rats changed the Constitution we would be lucky to get someone like Arnold. Sorrors would demand the position. Arnold is just s dull muscle head that has bankrupt Kalifornia.
28 posted on 12/22/2008 12:25:31 PM PST by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: MplsSteve

He’d be better off running against Feinstein or Boxer.”

After following all the threads about NObama and his birth certificate, I am understanding that NObama might not have been eligible for that job, either, and if so, the same would apply to Arnold.

If not born here, they cannot be in the senate and be a POSSIBLE ascendant to the office of President.


29 posted on 12/22/2008 12:25:56 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
Nope! Secret Agent 0 man cancelled out those eligibility requirements and by the time he gets done the money printing presses will have worn out.
30 posted on 12/22/2008 12:26:37 PM PST by mcshot (Zero man! Fill out your own employment application for US.)
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To: Tublecane

Why amend it? after Obama, the question is moot.

Especially if the truth about his citizenship status comes out. People will yawn and Arno’s star power will propel him, despite his citizenship as a naturalized, since the voters will have come to accept Obama’s rather dubious status as well.

IMO, B. Hussein Obama is NOT qualified to be President according to the 1952 Immigration Laws, in effect at that time.


31 posted on 12/22/2008 12:26:43 PM PST by swarthyguy (*Bush Promised us Osama, instead we're getting Obama*)
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To: alarm rider

The guy is completely delusional. He apparently has no clue that he has been a complete failure in his present job.


32 posted on 12/22/2008 12:28:47 PM PST by Oldhunk
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To: MplsSteve

Sorry, but Arnie here could make a box of rocks look smart by comparison. He’s too stupid to chew his own food and I don’t think California would have been any worse off if they’d just left Gray Davis in there.

If we had any kind of reasonable and enforceable intelligence levels for voting, he probably wouldn’t be eligible to vote, much less hold office.


33 posted on 12/22/2008 12:28:59 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Parmy

“My question. What qualification does a ‘movie action hero’ have that would make him qualified to be ‘president’.”

Schwarzenegger might be qualified, not in a Constitutional sense but in a practical sense, because he is governor of California. The story mentions this at the outset.

Anyway, being an action hero would not qualify one to be president, whether you were heroic on the screen or in real life. Some people will disagree with me on this, citing Washington, Jackson, Grant, Eisenhower, etc. But of course those men weren’t elected because they threw themselves into the breach. They were elected, mostly, because they proved themselves able administrators.


34 posted on 12/22/2008 12:30:00 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I can hear the left screaming about birth certificates now..........


35 posted on 12/22/2008 12:30:27 PM PST by Red Badger (I was sad because I had no shoes to throw, until I met a reporter who had no feet.....)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Schwarzenegger For President? So he can bring all his marvelous leadership skills to Washington? Uh, no.


36 posted on 12/22/2008 12:31:48 PM PST by ScottinVA (islam IS the problem!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
He's a LIBERAL! Why would we want to change the Constitution just for him? He has NO chance of winning the Republican nomination. Fudgitaboutit, Ahnold!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

37 posted on 12/22/2008 12:31:58 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Well, Ahnold, we realize that with the coronation of BO, actually accomplishing anything in a lower office is no longer a requirement to be elected president. Neither is proof of natural birth, for that matter. Nevertheless, can you name even one accomplishment as governor which you feel would make you qualified to be president?


38 posted on 12/22/2008 12:33:19 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: ridesthemiles

“If not born here, they cannot be in the senate and be a POSSIBLE ascendant to the office of President.”

Not so. First, if what you say were true, it would only mean that he couldn’t be named president pro-tem, which is the only Senate position that stands in the presidential succession line. Second, unqualified persons have occupied offices in the succession line before, most notably Kissinger as Secretary of State.


39 posted on 12/22/2008 12:33:22 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Noooo McArnolds go away!
40 posted on 12/22/2008 12:33:30 PM PST by Cheetahcat (Osamabama the Wright kind of Racist!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

41 posted on 12/22/2008 12:33:56 PM PST by Pinkbell (Liberals are only tolerant of those with whom they agree.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I’d vote for a Democrat before I would this liberal....


42 posted on 12/22/2008 12:35:19 PM PST by Sybeck1 (Million Minuteman March (Spring 2009))
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To: goldstategop
He has NO chance of winning the Republican nomination.

Unfortunately, a look at our last nominee for President indicates we need to consider your statement carefully.

Our primary process is BROKEN. Until we fix it, we run the risk of RINO candidates like John McCain and R-nulled continuing to destroy the party.

43 posted on 12/22/2008 12:35:35 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (You're either in or in the way.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

We have enough natural born RINOS
Thanks anyway, Arnold

(PS: Even though your Austrian birth is verbally understood, at least you know you don’t have to produce a birth certificate to anyone if you do decide to run)


44 posted on 12/22/2008 12:36:48 PM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Emmett McCarthy
I don’t think California would have been any worse off if they’d just left Gray Davis in there

If we had left Gray Davis in there then the blame for the current situation would fall squarely on him. Instead, what people will remember is that the Republicans are at fault for destroying the state.

45 posted on 12/22/2008 12:37:47 PM PST by mhx
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

NO MORE RINOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


46 posted on 12/22/2008 12:40:14 PM PST by hamburglar (The result of spreading the wealth around is spreading unemployment around.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I believe changing the Constitution will no longer be necesary for him now. President-to-be Hussein has probably already effectively nullified that particular provision and that will become officialat some point in his reign.


47 posted on 12/22/2008 12:40:20 PM PST by arthurus ( H.L. Mencken said, "Every election is a sFranken will ort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

This idiot campaigned in New York while running for California governor. Explains everything.


48 posted on 12/22/2008 12:40:50 PM PST by Niuhuru (I'm A Racist and Proud Of It!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
A few months ago, I, along with many other freepers pointed out that if the birth certificate thing is ignored and obama is - in fact - not a natural born citizen, then it opens the door to every RINO and two-bit, tinhorn dictator in the whole world.

You might note too that the rule doesn't - to my knowledge - require a candidate to even speak English...so we could end of with Osama Bin Laden as president following Obama Bin Lyin'.
49 posted on 12/22/2008 12:41:18 PM PST by FrankR (“Turtle up”, economically, for the duration of the 0bamanation.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

It is a trick to change the Constitution so that Obama will qualify. If they’re gonna go after a rules change and implement amnesty, why not back date the changes a bit and retroactively give Kenyan Zero a clear pass?


50 posted on 12/22/2008 12:41:27 PM PST by Gaffer
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