February 22nd, 2009
12:59 PM ET
4 years ago

Schwarzenegger calls stimulus plan 'terrific'

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Gov. Schwarzenegger is a fan of the stimulus measure.

(CNN) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday declared President Obama's stimulus plan is "terrific," an assessment that sharply differs from many of his Republican colleagues.

In an appearance on CNN's State of the Union, Schwarzenegger said he welcomes his state's share of the massive $787 billion package, believing it could create as many as 400,000 new jobs.

"We welcome this economic stimulus package. I think it's terrific and will help us," the California governor said. "We were happy even though there's…people complaining. It's not what they envisioned, but what is? The people will give you 1,000 different answers.

"It was Obama that got elected. He put the package together, so let's support it," he also said.

Schwarzenegger's comments differ sharply from those of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who earlier on State of the Union said he would turn down some of the stimulus money because it could lead to future spending requirements from his state.

Specifically Barbour took issue with extensions to unemployment benefits called for in the package, which he believes the state will have to finance after the federal funds run out.

But Schwarzenegger disagreed, suggesting the added unemployment benefits can be cut off once the economy rebounds.

"If you promise people this money will come next year and the year after that, you'll have a major problem," he said. "But if you use the money for one-time spending…it cannot hurt."

soundoff (412 Responses)
  1. Canadian View

    Wow, what a sharp about turn for Mr.Schwarzenegger. It's nice to see some red identify with the current administration.

    February 22, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Had It

    There are green-card holders in Arnie's state that will walk out on their mortgages and return to India, leaving the state with more of a mess. I know – at least three of them told me that in late 2007 when I worked on one of their projects. Their project is ending in June, they will leave and never look back.

    February 22, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. pat C.

    GOOD JOB ARNOLD,NOW JUST MAKE SURE THOSE JOBS GO TO LEGAL AMERICANS AND YOUR STATE WILL PROSPER MUCH FASTER. I HOPE YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM EXPERIENCE THAT A STATE CAN NOT GIVE OUT WELFARE FOR ILLELGALS AND SURVIVE. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR PRESIDENT.
    YOU ARE SO RIGHT,HE IS THE ONE ELECTED AND IT IS HIS DECISION TO GO FORWARD TO HELP OUR NATION WITH OR WITHOUT THE SORE LOSERS THAT STILL DON'T GET THE MESSAGE....THEY LOST!!

    February 22, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Franky

    Ohh come on Gov, you know you wanna "be back" for another term...get, get it? LOL!! Haaa, you get it...just one advice to you Gov...try Gov, try and make your people proud.

    Also, I just wanna say one last thing about John's new show,since I haven't commented on it.

    Is good!! Good stuff! He's going at it all angles, we like it and is in the morning. Now you see, that's how politics is supposed to be discussed...watch,. I'll say OVER on the ratings in a couple months...as a matter of fact, I'll bet on it, LOL!! Now let's watch GPS...and other stuff too, is a very busy day getting information and numbers.

    February 22, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Skynet

    I don't always agree with Arnold's policies. But I give him major props for being reasonable and willing to work WITH other people.

    February 22, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. Marge

    Isn't it a shame the kiss the feet mentality of republicans to bush was a real thing. But if anybody agrees that this stimulus will help those other than the super rich, big business and company CEO's they are accused of worshiping obama. Remember...the Senate and the House wrote the bill, and they are the ones, "with obama's approval only" got the ball rolling. So why is agreeing adulation to obama...Boy these republicans can still "spin" it can't they. BS that is.

    February 22, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. lizz

    He is the most democratic Republican.

    February 22, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. dittohead with forty names

    Arnold is much smarter than a redneck scumbag.

    February 22, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. bankrupt

    WOW. At least there is one honest Repuglican.

    February 22, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Gerry In Toronto

    Finally a republican who talks like an American. All the others should listen to Arnold and follow his lead.

    February 22, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Mike

    This from a guy who has driven California's economy into the ground? I'd say its scary if he thinks this is a good plan. Their state is one of the worst off in the entire U.S.

    February 22, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Debby

    Well Arnie we will see if the plan creates new jobs soon enough. As a buisness owner I am skeptical.

    February 22, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. noah robert

    In regards MR Donovan and his appearnce on State of The Nation what kind of remarks do you expect from someone from the Clinton adminstration. We can now start referring to America as The United Socialist States of America.

    February 22, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Rob

    Arnold is a tool. He likes the stimulus bill, of course, because it helps to cover up his failure to bring California's budget under control.

    Remember Arnold was going to "cut up the credit card"? What happened to that?

    February 22, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Phil L.

    How refreshing to see and hear a Republican not be a "nattering nabob of negativsm" (Spiro Agnew quote). Perhaps there is hope for bipartisanship ... well at least from our nation's governors. Doesn't look the same for the House and Senate. Are they out of touch? You decide.

    February 22, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. MTM

    For those of us living in a bankrupt state lead by the governator-his thumbs up to the stimulus plan confirms my belief that the stimulus plan is bad for the economy.

    February 22, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Deb

    I love Arnold simply because what he is not.........PARTISAN

    February 22, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. NYFN08

    Thank you, Gov. Schwarzennegger, for putting the wishes of your constituents first and not being obstinate in Republican ideology (for better or worse) like so many others.

    February 22, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Rafael VA

    When your state is in a finacial crisis I guess any money is good....

    February 22, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. republicans =obstructionists party

    finally a realistic and at least honest republican not one of those that publicly say no to the stimulus bill while rushing to the back to collect their share

    February 22, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Mberwa N.Y

    OMG! how is rush limbaugh feeling about arnold's statements? any ideas folks..

    February 22, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. Death of America by Obama

    Just because you're a failure in your state doesn't make obama right.

    February 22, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. lynn in NM

    Of course, Arnie would say that the stimulus package is "terrific." I'm sure he gets more than $1 for every $1 Californians spend in taxes. Other states don't. Minnesota only gets 75cents for every dollar they spend in taxes. I'm sure the money will be pouring into California. That's wonderful. Another reason not to go near that state.

    February 22, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Schwarzenegger is a true Republican..

    And watch: Arnold is going to get shunned by his own party for actually speaking his conscience.

    February 22, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. bmoody

    Now theres a real republican. Charlie Christ is also one. Too bad the republican party has been hijacked by the crazies like Palin.

    February 22, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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