April 30th, 2010
10:02 AM ET
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Schwarzenegger betting on Romney in 2012

 California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno Thursday.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno Thursday.

(CNN) - The race for the Republican presidential nomination is a ways off, but that isn't stopping California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger from predicting who will carry the party's banner in November 2012.

Appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday, Schwarzenegger said he's betting on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney "by a hair."

But Schwarzenegger, who endorsed Sen. John McCain over Romney and Mike Huckabee in the 2008 presidential race, says he himself would run if the Constitution allowed foreign-born citizens to be president.

"Without any doubt. There's no two ways about that," he said when asked if he wants to mount a presidential bid of his own.

The California governor also slammed the controversial Arizona immigration law that in part permits law enforcement officials to interrogate individuals who they suspect are in the country illegally.

"This is a mess," he said. "As governor here, I would never do that in California. Pass a law like that - no way."

Schwarzenegger - who will leave the governor's office in January - also took aim at Congress for so far failing to pass an immigration reform package.

"The last six years since I've been in office, they've been talking about it," he said. "And every single time, they say, 'Well, this is election year. We can't get it done.' Well, hello. I mean, every two years is election year … get it done."

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  1. Jim in Idaho

    Sure....he's run California into the ground. The only logical thing to do now is to change the rule so he can run for president and take a crack at that one also. Hasta la vista, baby.

    April 30, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Peace

    Oh Arnold ! you are throwing your bet without asking yourself why Romney did not make it last time, and what he has done to rectify that mistake!

    April 30, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. DS

    As an immigrant and a California resident, I feel qualified to comment on our governator's attempt to change the Constitution so he can run for president. I think that will be a huge mistake. While he may indeed be loyal to this country and no longer feels any attachment to his native Austria, an amendment would open the gate for those who may have divided loyalties.

    As for his qualifications...well...just look at California. It's bankrupt and in disarray. Arnold is good at talking. That works in movies, but not in real life. This bozo should go back to acting. Oh wait, he can't do that either. Oh well, he has made enough money to retire...in Florida, hopefully.

    April 30, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. me in California

    Thank God,for that. He helped run California into the ground, he would dothe same with the US. I am so glad when he is gone.

    April 30, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. perryrants

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he himself would run if the Constitution allowed foreign-born citizens to be president.

    well, JUST protest the unfairness of that. you have all the rights.

    How is that OK with "equal protection"?


    April 30, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Travis In Colorado

    DO NOT allow Schwarzenegger to become President. We already have one foreign born joke in the Oval Office, we don't need another. Arnold may be a great movie star, but he doesn't belong in politics. We need serious people who are ready to do some serious work, and Arnold is not up to the task.

    April 30, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Ron B

    Don't forget – he called J an idiot like 5 times haha. Arnold is the man.

    April 30, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Dale

    Immigration reform?

    Get real, what about enforcing our current laws?
    All these government people have lost r
    Their minds.
    We would have 450 million people in the USA within 6 years. All wanting government assistence. How about we just give them California?
    All starts can ship their immigrants to CA. And problem solved – but no fed help...sorry

    April 30, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Ryan

    He's gloriously failed at running his own state, so perhaps he's the last joker we should be hearing predictions from.

    April 30, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Privatism

    How ironic that the very founding of the Republic of California will be the conclusion of their failure.

    April 30, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Lilarose in So. Oregon

    My California cousins don't like Ahhhhnold and they don't think he has done a great job in California.

    I think Ahhhhnold knows this, so why would he want to be president if the people in California wouldn't vote for him?

    Delusions.........back to movies, Ahhhhnold.

    April 30, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. Death Panel Sarah

    Arnold is about the ONLY Republican I would vote for for President......he has more sense than the lot of them!!!!!!

    April 30, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Who the politica machine wants, and who the voters want, will likely be entirely different people.

    The voters have already said no, to Romney.

    April 30, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Future expat

    Mitt Romney is a MORMON who holds multiple degrees from HARVARD and who passed a major piece of SOCIAL WELFARE legislation.

    These are unforgivable sins in the eyes of today's GOP.

    April 30, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Brenda

    No, Arnold we will NOT be changing our Constitution so that you can run for President.

    And, you are a RINO--so you would not have the support of Conservatives.

    And, because you are a RINO--not a true Conservative--you assisted the Democrats' efforts to destroy the economy/state of California, due to illegals and loony left libeal policies.

    April 30, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. beth

    Romney's a sleeze, but I'll take him over the brainless bimbos. I think that Arnold is probably right in his prediction. It's going to come down to courting the evangelicals, and who he picks as a running mate. I pray it's Huckabee. Please dear God, keep Palin out of the picture.

    April 30, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Tristan

    Although he is one of the few Republicans with any ideas, he failed to bring about any meaningful reform as our state has sunk in a sea of red ink. I doubt he would have gone far, even if he were constitutionally allowed to run for president.

    April 30, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Eric

    Arnold has been a joke for California. He will leaving our state absolutely bankrupt. That is hardly a ringing endorsement to enter presidential politics. I would give him a B- on environmental issues, but that's about it.

    Go back to Hollywood and your land of make believe.

    April 30, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Bob Cooper

    Thank God we still have laws in this country. We don't need another Socialist RINO as our President. Can you imagine... Obama destroys our country and we have a European (Arnold) rebuild Europe all over again. No way in hell I want my kids living in a Socialist country.

    April 30, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. markinboston

    Mr. Schwarzenegger has been a US Citizen and has served the country for many years. The law should be changed to reflect the realities of today, and he should be able to run. I don't know that I would vote for him, but that doesn't matter.

    April 30, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Arnold has been wrong about almost everything during his tenure as California Governor. I see no reason to believe him about anything.

    April 30, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. notfooledbydistractions

    Romney? In today's republican party? That's a joke right?

    Romney didn't stand a chance when the republican party acted half way sane – now they're totally tipping off the far far right – even Romney doesn't have enough money to buy his way in to that nomination.

    April 30, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Sniffit

    "by a hair."

    How appropriate. The real question is, when will the walking talking brain damaged mormon Ken doll realize that he's not supposed to drink the Grecian Formula too?

    April 30, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Chris C - Ohio

    We do not need another foreign-born president – the one that we have is more than enough.

    April 30, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. Debbie from Arizona

    I like Arnold. If it were possible for him to run, he would make a good president after President Obama's second term in office.

    April 30, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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