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

Schwarzenegger calls stimulus plan 'terrific'


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. Melody Chapin

    Thank you Governor Schwarzenegger for stating "It was Obama that got elected. He put the package together, so let's support it." This is the most professional statement anyone has made since President Obama has been in office. It isn't just because you believe we should give the plan a chance, but it is positive. I am tired of the negative and insecure statements other politicians are making regarding the President's work in office.

    February 22, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Mike

    Obama can't put us more in the hole the G.W.? I think perhaps you need to go back to school and take a remedial math class. Perhaps this is why Dems can't do their taxes.

    February 22, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. BLUE


    February 22, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Breaking News - Republicans are steadily losing key GOP support as Democrats steadily gain support

    Good to hear that the Governator gets it and accepts President Obama's stimulus plan even though the Governor's own economic mistakes caused California's massive economic crisis in the first place. I spoke with a California legislator who informed me that the Governor got rid of the license plate tab higher fee and lowered it thereby causing Billions of dollars of reduced state revenues and then never replaced that shortfall with anything else. So, now is a good time for the Governator to change his political affiliation and join his wife's party. More and more key politicians are supporting President Obama. The old-school GOP thinking is dead, the majority of Americans have voted for change, yet those stupid Republican'ts continue down the path of destruction, ruin, and ignorance. What a bunch of idiot losers. Wow! It feels so good to say those words out loud – Obama Won! Yaay – America Won! Boooo to the GOP (Greedy Old Party).

    February 22, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Sarah Kroll

    I think arnold is one of the few politicians looking at the big picture. There are possible repercussions in the long term, but if the money from the stimulus package CAN be used to create more jobs, it could up the states productivity and get it out of debt faster.

    February 22, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Idaho Rich

    Folks in California,

    Look out your idiot Governor doesn't know any more about finance than he does about running your state which he has done until you have no water, power, jobs. Just plenty of illegal aliens sucking on the teat of the state of California.

    February 22, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Neutral

    When your state is bankcrupt, you'd say anything to get government cheese, that's REALITY.

    February 22, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. SC

    Arnold, tell that Mississipian how to govern. Smack him for he needs some. It doesn't mean I'm agreeing with you on everything. Remember, you were the guy, who said McCain was better and had more experience, and you made fun of Obama during primaries. Now, see how phony you look.

    February 22, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Fon

    The RNC can use a whole lot of Arnolds.

    February 22, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. catmom

    And for once he makes sense. The Republicans who are talking about not accepting funds from the stimulus package should not accept ANY of the funds. Then go back to their constituents and explain how they were looking after their best interest. Let their constituents know that even though Republicans have no answer, their plans are to reject anything President Obama has to offer. They should also let them know that while the Republican Senators have nothing more than tax cuts to offer, They'll be doing everything in their power to undermine the President while whining that the Democrats won't do it their way. Man up. That should go over great with their constituents.

    February 22, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    "Qweek, get in da chappa!" "LUKE OWT!!!"

    February 22, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    February 22, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Justin

    Ca gets about $.75 in federal dollars for every $1 in federal taxes paid, so for those of you who think Ca is stealing from your state, odds are pretty good they aren't only going to be responsible for paying back their share, they will be paying back a large chunk of yours as well.

    In fact, it's states like MS, AL, SC, and LA, that take way more than they pay in federal dollars. I'd love to hear some of you acknowledge this, and I'd really love to see your states demand that they only get what they pay in federal taxes.

    You'd be doing those of us in the "subsidizing" states a huge favor.

    February 22, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Kathleen

    The Republican way obviously did not work. Arnold is being honest and open to something that has a good chance of working. I live in California and am proud that he is putting the people he represents first. The other Gov's. should take a lesson and remember that their people always come first, go out there and actually talk to them, and after they have done that, , , roll up their sleeves and get in there and help!

    February 22, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Marc

    Yup, it's so obvious that most Republicans are still bitter about their big loss in the election...and more importantly, the loss of the American public's trust. So they are going to rip anything up that Obama attempts to fix that thier leader oh so badly messed up! Even if Obama does things the GOP wants him to do, they'll find a way to mock it. If in two years we still see our country sinking, then give our new President a hard time. Gee...it only took eight long years for a majority of us to finally grasp what massive harm Bush was doing to this nation. Hmmm....go figure.

    February 22, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Tricia

    It's time to educate the american people on what exactly is a mortgage and the necessary steps it takes to obtain one. There should be a govenment mandated education system in place for anyone who wants a mortgage for a refinance or purchase transaction. There loan will not close unless the borrower/co borrower completes a course and passes the test. We all are on board with educating our children, how about educating ourselves in the details of something that we are responsible for for the next 20 to 30 years. Stop blaming everyone else and GET EDUCATED on the loan process, the paper work and last but not least. CAN YOU ACUALLY AFFORD THIS LOAN if " life" gets in the way. As a regulatory compliance analyst, I see all types of loans, excuses and most of all lack of evidence that the borrower can afford the loan. Lets go back to the 1980's and have the borrower put 20% down on a purchase transaction, limit the amount of cash out to borrowers with less than steller credit to $4000 and be able to verify his occupancy, as well as his/her identity and most importantly his/her income.

    February 22, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. Onthewall

    "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," Schwarzenegger's comments.

    Look, the GOP is again scaring us. Isn't Schnwarzenegger the Republican Gov. of Calif? Just last week, didn't the Rebs (Oops) Republicans openly say, that they wanted no part of the stimulating pork? Just asking!

    February 22, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. M. H.

    I think Arnold isn't using this as a political ploy unlike Barbour and Sen. Shelby of Alabama who said he wouldn't help the big 3 auto companies even if they had facilities in Alabama even though he helped get BILLIONS of tax breaks and incentives for the foreign plants in HIS state. You can tell he is lying- just watch his lips move!!!

    February 22, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. RS

    Great- so when is he going to authorize payments to state tax refund for Caulifornia? Gray Davis looks to be at least as competant as AS, in retrospect.

    February 22, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. MN Voter

    Wow - a Reublican that looks at things from a non-partisan standpoint and doesn't let his party tell him what to think! A Republican governor who cares about the needs of the people of his state more than he cares about the party line. GO ARNOLD!

    February 22, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Linda in MS

    Hurrat for Arnold! At least he has the cojones to stand up to the RNC who obviously have been threatening all Republican politicians with being blackballed. it seems like the name of the game is if you don't toe the line, you won't get a dime.

    February 22, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Lynn

    Even Gov Pawlenty stated on CNN yesterday that the 4 or 5 Governors are only talking about 2% of the money being offered. Why isn't CNN reporting this statistic?

    February 22, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. RG

    not many in usa care about lim....?
    because his contribution to the american society is ..... words, words.words.

    February 22, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    you better be careful Gov. before Limbaugh labels you as not being a "real" Republican.

    February 22, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. nina

    Please if the federal goverment is only giving it but demanding more of the states later how is that gonna help. The unemployment portion of this package is not logical.
    Guess no one can see how socialist this something for nothing concept is. This package is not gonna help and sorry if you got over your head in a mortage you couldn't afford. Deal with it. It's called being responsible for you own life. Are we really gonna teach this next generation that there is no consequences to being irresponsible!! We are instilling in them that you are better of to do nothing for yourself because the goverment should take care of you. This has failed in every socialist nation!! What happened to the dream and earn your way.
    The dems had control the last 2 years of congress.. you can't lay all of this on bush. It was all of them.

    All of them should be terminated. Or hey, if your such a public servant maybe you should have a pay cut or go without your 300,000 a year, after all you just want to help. 300k times 545 is alot saved!!! even a 3 percent pay cut or more would go along way. Many companies are doing this to their employess to save jobs so should we to congress.

    We should petion our leaders to take a 3 percent pay cut!!! They have done a below average job so far. If any refuse they should have to give up there seat!

    February 22, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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