July 14th, 2008
08:05 AM ET
6 years ago

Schwarzenegger would consider cabinet position from Obama

Gov. Schwarzenegger said he would consider a cabinet position if Obama offered one.
Gov. Schwarzenegger said he would consider a cabinet position if Obama offered one.

(CNN)—California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who endorsed John McCain’s presidential run before his state’s February primary, said Sunday he would consider accepting an energy-related cabinet position from Democrat Barack Obama if the offer were extended.

“I’m always ready to help in anyway I can,” the California Republican told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, describing himself as a committed public servant. “I’d take his call now, and I’d take his call when he’s president anytime.”

The former box office star-turned-politician said he is through with his days acting and body building, and plans to travel the world promoting energy independence after leaving the governor’s mansion, whether or not he joins the next administration.

California, a predominantly Democratic state, is thought by some analysts to be somewhat of a long-shot for McCain in November. But Schwarzenegger encouraged the presumptive Republican nominee to continue to campaigning, telling ABC that one in five California voters are swing or independent voters.

Schwarzenegger also defended Obama from recent accusations that he is shifting his positions since effectively claiming the Democratic nomination. “Flip-flopping is getting a bad rap,” said the California governor, adding that he expects both presumptive nominees to move toward the center now that the primaries have ended.

“As long as he’s honest or she’s honest, I think that [changing your mind] is a wonderful thing,” said Schwarzenegger. “I’ve changed my mind on things and it is nothing wrong with it, but I just say to the people I once thought this way now I think this way. End of story.”

soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. Steve, Madison WI

    WOW – a REAL bi-partisan, "do what's best for America" Republican.

    I'm glad to see there still is ONE out there. McSame used to be one until he decided to run for Prez.

    July 14, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. jimmy velman

    I JUST WROTE MY COMMENTS AND CNN DID NOT PRINT THEM
    THERE WAS NOTHING OFFENSIVE, CRUDE, VULGAR, PROFANE IN ALL OF MY COMMENTS ON CNN.
    ALL THE CANDIDATES N THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES COULD NOT MATCH NOR EVEN COME CLOSE TO MATCHING OBAMA AND hILLARY CLINTON IN THE NUMBER OF VOTES AND THE MONEY AND FUNDS THEY RAISED AND END UP AS THE ONLY TWO WITH THE MOST. HILLARY CLINTON IS BY FAR AND AWAY NOT ONLY BEST QUALIFIED,BUT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT ARE HER NUMBER (18 MILLION)OF SUPPORTERS AND HER FUND RAISING ABILITY. THAT AND ADD BILL CLINTON AND CHELSEA CLINTON FOR FUND RAISING AND VOTE GETTING
    AND YOU HAVE AN IDEA WHO IS BEST ABLE TO ELECT OBAMA PRESIDENT.. THE OBAMA CAMP SEEM RELUCTANT BECAUSE THEY SAY BILL CLINTON'S PRESENCE "COMPLICATES" THINGS?
    BILL CLINTON WILL MERELY BE A FUND RAISER AND NOTHING MORE. OBAMA AS PRESIDENT CAN SEND BILL CLINTON AS AN OCCAIONAL EMISSARY TO SOME FOREIGN COUNTRY IF HE SO DESIRES. BILL CLINTON IS NOT SEEKING ANY POSITION IN OBAMA'S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN OR HIS ADMINISTRATION.
    SO WHAT IS THE PROBLEM? BILL CLINTON HAS BEEN AND IS GOING TO BE OUT OF SIGHT FOR A LONG TIME, EXCEPT FOR HIS
    PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY WHICH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OBAMA OR THE CAMPAIGN. HE WILL NOT BE IS A SPEAKING TOUR .

    July 14, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Linda31

    Hey! I think Maria is wearing him down! Go Maria! Bring Arnold over to the Obama camp. We welcome everyone.

    July 14, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Hope Obama leaves any Republican out of his cabinet!!!! For example, take George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, etc., etc., etc.! No thanks!

    July 14, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Linda from Prescott AZ

    My apologies...typo.
    Good for you Governor!

    July 14, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Nia - AZ by way of MN

    WOW....that was waaaaaayyyyyyy out of left field. So far out there i had to laugh. Chuck Hagel would be a better candidate. Not sure how i like the term "Vice Presenator"

    July 14, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Arnie is actually the definition of BiPartisan. If you review his record, although it leans republican, he would be absolutely perfect as an independent. He has a long record of researching both sides, and voting for the best decision, regardless of which party it supports most. It really is a shame that he can't run for President, he would certainly be a formiddable, no nonsense candidate.

    He has served my state well, and fairly. His time has been spent repairing alot of wrongs done by Governor Davis, and since it was pretty messed up, his achievements are not as bright as they might appear. I think he has done GREAT with getting us back on track, we still have more to go. We need more people like him in politics.

    July 14, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Joe Reg

    Arnold for Obama.

    A hero in many ways.

    Go Obama go.

    July 14, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Bill in L.A.

    Arnold, instead of a cabinet post, please seriously consider running for mayor of Los Angeles. We need you!!!

    July 14, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. not important

    Why would he do that? He said he supports John McCain. I guess he is a girlie man.

    July 14, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Mark

    Well looks like he is trying to campaign for a job any whichway he can be it seperating from the Rep to the Dem wow. This isnt another action movie were you can be terminated in one and brought back in a sequel

    July 14, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Foreign observer

    Arnold is a real flip flopper. Politicians need a long lasting convictiion so people know what they are going to elect. He should step down instead of changing the sides.

    July 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. SARA

    YOU MUST BE SLEEPING ON THE COUCH.

    July 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Foreign observer

    Arnold is a real flip flopper. Politicians need a long lasting conviction so people know what they are going to elect. He should step down instead of changing the sides.

    July 14, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Matt.G

    More like McCain as the Zero and Obama is the Hero!!

    OBAMA 08'

    July 14, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Naomi, Texas

    Obama has produced his birth cert copy – get with the times!

    July 14, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Kevin, D.C.

    This flip-flopping stuff is a joke. As much as we are fed the daily idea that we are a democracy, that's not entirely true. We're a republic. We elect people to REPRESENT us. So if a politician is not allowed to ever change positions on an issue, they wouldn't really be representing the public, would they? We don't elect someone based on their pre-election personal opinions and then just let them stick to those for a term until we re-elect; they need to in SOME MANNER reflect public sentiment, even if it means recanting on a previous sentiment, or else we'd be a temporal monarchy. Someone get me a copy of the Federalist Papers....

    And for the record, McCain shouldn't be labeling anyone a flip-flopper, if it be so negative. I remember him vehemently opposing offshore drilling at the end of May only to flip his position less than 3 weeks later. He used to be the "maverick," and now all he's become is Republican motor vehicle. If anyone has been inconsistent, it's him.

    July 14, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Frank

    Wow, this nation is doomed with all these dummies getting to the top! I am convinced; if McCain does not win the Presidency, it will truely be the end of U.S. as the supreme power in the world as soon the wise and the witty will be ahead of us!

    July 14, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. RSR

    Arnold has always been a democrat hiding in repubican clothing. So it shows true colors to side with a dem. besides he will need to find a job soon anyway. He has been against off-shore oil drilling just like Obama and the democrat congress. He can be Energy Chief and help our 4 dollar gas become 8-10 dollar gas!

    July 14, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Chuck, Democrats United We Stand

    Who would have thought this would happen? I think enegry cabinet would be a great place for this man. He has stood for the environment for many years now, and has tried countless times to change the way our government does business when it comes to energy, its effects on the environment and the over all impact of business and people on the environment. There needs to be stricter laws with a stingent enforcement policy when it comes to global warming, green house emissions, and the effects our way of life has on the environment.

    July 14, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. white people

    another republican for Obama...

    July 14, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Pat

    Barak husein Obama
    could invite
    Osama bin laden
    Or one of Huseins brothers to be in his cabinet

    July 14, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. William, from Cali!

    I thought, Arnold was a Republican!...........................Guess, I was wrong; he's a "Demo-c-RAT Republican".................

    July 14, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. Shannon

    What a respectable guy.

    July 14, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. A from MA

    I see no reason why someone born outside of the U.S can't be the president. It's descriminating to say they aren't qualified to become president. Let's take Arnold for example and let's ask ourselves what makes him unqualified for the job... well I can't really think of anything that might have to do with him being born outside the country....

    July 14, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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