November 9th, 2008
05:02 PM ET
14 years ago

Calif. governor says he's allowed 'back into the bedroom'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says his wife has been 'gloating' about Barack Obama's win."]

(CNN) - Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that even though his party didn’t win the presidential election, he has at least one thing to be happy about.

“I can get back into the bedroom, so there's the big advantage,” the California governor said Sunday on CNN’s “Late Edition.”

Schwarzenegger, a leading Republican, is married to Maria Shriver, a member of the very Democratic Kennedy clan.

Shriver endorsed Barack Obama in February, just days after her husband announced his support of John McCain.

Schwarzenegger said his wife has been “gloating now for these last few days” and running around the house with a life-size cutout of Obama saying, “We won.”

Striking a more serious tone, Schwarzenegger said he doesn’t see how any incumbent party could have held onto power this year, given the economic situation and the housing crisis.

“I think no one knew that it's going to be that bad. I think the Republicans were trying to hold on to, you know, if it would have been just the housing crisis or the mortgage crisis. But then when the stock market crash came, I think it was just too much,” he said.

Looking to the future, Schwarzenegger said that Democrats and Republicans should come together and avoid getting stuck in ideology.

“Democrats and Republicans should do everything they can to help [Obama] and his administration to be successful, because when he is successful … then the nation is successful. And then the world is successful. So, we've all got to work together on this,” he said.

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soundoff (321 Responses)
  1. Maggie from Virginia

    When republicans say they lost because of the financial crisis; what does that mean? They cannot handle a crisis? Judging the past 8 years, I would say not; but that's still up for debate. Does it mean that their constituency is mostly well-to-do, so they can't relate? I don't know... Help me out here!

    November 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Doug

    The only republican with half a brain.

    November 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Casey

    Gov. Schwarzeneggar shouldn’t be disappointed by the loss.Sarah Palin will be back in full force in 2012. There are several young and able rising stars for GOP that are listed here on the Web site.

    November 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Wayne in CA're next...the California steroid experiment gone bad is a joke...and we deserve better..smarter and more competent leadership..

    November 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Michael in San Diego

    It's great to hear a Republican speaking about not getting stuck in ideology now. Where were they for the last 8 years?

    November 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Montana is still Obama Country


    Oh Arnie,,, you are such a "girlie-man"..


    November 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Matt

    You're next Ahhhnold. When is our term up anyway?

    November 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. kogola

    well said Arnold, definately it was going to be had for the incumbent gov to hold with the economic situation and expensive wars with two go to ur bedroom and!!!!

    November 9, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Denny Gieck

    Go back to making movies you.. HUNK! *kissies*

    November 9, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Hope

    Trying to be relevant ha!

    November 9, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Lovejoy

    Very well said.

    November 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. Ann

    Yeah Governor! That is the attitude to have. The Republicans that show a postive, can do attitude, and accept and hope that Obama will be a great President will be a healthy, referesing attitude. If they really want to know how to "remake and revitalize" their party, they will find ways to diminish that slandering, biggoted, and negative, downright hateful attitudes of the so-called "religious right", the malicious attitudes of some of the talk show hosts (Rush Limbaugh is the #1), and the followers.

    They need to wake up and realize that Democrats have very patriotic, religious people, and want to do what is right for all of us. We can work together, but can only make that happen when there is a willingness to work, and cut out the mud slinging that has occurred with a minority of the Repubican party, but who seem to speak the loudest. The healthy Republicans need to say "enough", and not allow any attention to be given to them, not sponsor their shows, or give them any continued credibility. Yes, we should have freedom of speech, but real leaders don't continually attack people with difference of opinions.

    November 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Gary

    Maria would be smiling a whole lot more if Arnold were doing to her what he's doing to the rest of citizens of California.

    November 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. mb

    Good for you Arnold. ha, ha

    November 9, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Aida, CA

    Yes, we won Maria!! I have always loved and admired the Kennedys, they are truly Americans heroes who have been fighting for those who have no voice for decades. And Governor ......that was one of the best things I have heard you thank you!

    November 9, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. James (Toronto)

    Rich comment ("... should come together and avoid getting stuck in ideology") coming from someone who immediately reverts to the Republican camp regardless, and supports their platform as Governor of a State who doesn't provide equal rights (i.e. same-sex marriage) to all human beings. Maria has it right, and must find it difficult being married to someone with such opposing ideology.

    November 9, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Dakota, Lake Stevens, WA


    As the late Ann Landers would say, Governor Schwarzenegger needs to "wake up and smell the coffee."

    I have been a Republican since the first time I could vote, for Barry Goldwater. That was in 1964.

    That was a time when “being a conservative,” meant that you favored careful spending; and developing a common sense budget and sticking to it.

    “Being a Christian,” meant that you accepted Jesus Christ as your savior.

    “Being a Republican,” meant that you favored business, especially the opportunity to create and grow them, and see them prosper.

    Therefore, it was OK to be a conservative, a Christian, and, a Republican.

    About the time of Ronald Reagan, “conservative Christians” appeared – and those are the far right religious nuts, who want everything [u][i]their[/i][/u] way.

    Maybe 10 to 13 years ago, [i]the conservative Christians [u]hijacked[/u] the Republican Party[/i]. Rather than start their own party, they hitched their trailers to the Republican Party.

    Some would say that President George W. Bush sold his soul to, or at the very least, pandered to, the far right conservative Christians for the sole purpose of trying to get their votes.

    George Bush helped create the "family values" issues, which were notably absent with the 2008 election, what with Senator McCain's admitted previous adultery and Governor Palin's family situations.

    One of the founding tenets of this country is freedom of religion – and I like to add, or, [i]freedom from religion[/i]. The first sentence of the First Amendment says it all:

    There are religious zealots who want prayer is school, but they would balk if those prayers were only Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, or, God forbid, Mormon or Islamic. Prayer is acceptable only if the prayer is of [u][i]their[/i][/u] religious beliefs.

    There are religious zealots who insist that we live according to the Bible – [i][u]their version of the Bible[/u].[/i] Plus, we have seen what many preachers have done to interpret the Bible toward their own beliefs. We only need to recall all of the religious oriented sex scandals.

    The trouble with "the Bible" is there are more than 2,000 versions; and I believe that all of those are different in some ways.

    Many people would proclaim the King James Version, without knowing anything about King James. People need to read a few books about the history of Scotland, and learn a few things. King James definitely had a few kinks in his hose.

    So, all of this is “part and parcel” as to why the Republican Party is in "The Crapper."

    The blame for failure goes directly to the religious nuts that tried to take control of the Republican Party.

    Nearly all of the moderate, and most fiscally conservative, Republicans agree with Colin Powell; that the GOP has been heading in the wrong direction. He spoke about it more eloquently than I can.

    Those moderates rejected the conservative Christian ideals and voted for change, by voting for Obama. I am one of them.

    If the Republican Party wants to recover, they need to go back to basics, and most of all, they need to divorce the Party from the conservative Christians. The conservative Christians really should form their own party.

    I am a fiscal conservative, I am a Christian, and I am a Republican; but, I am not a conservative Christian Republican – there is a BIG difference.

    November 9, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. KJL

    It makes me sad there's an "American born" requirement to run for president.

    November 9, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. abhi Buch


    November 9, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Marie S.

    I don't know how appropriate this is however, Arnold is lucky that she did not permanently kick him out of the bedroom and replace him with the life sized cut out of President Elect Obama who is far better looking.

    November 9, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Ron , West Coast

    Who cares about Arnold and his bedroom ? I could care less. I wish he and his hypocrite republicrook party would stay out of mine.

    November 9, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Sia

    Well we the people have finally conquered racism, Now before it gets out of hand let us work on Radicalism.

    Self proclaimed Christans are playing God with private lives. Just because they attend church does not make them Christ.

    November 9, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Felines for Freedom

    Wow, I actually laughed reading something on the CNN ticker.

    November 9, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. Joyce Cornell

    Is anyone else less than impressed with this character? Gee, California is broke, on the brink of bankruptcy...isn't that how the previous Governor of CA got RECALLED?

    November 9, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Carl Justus

    How can republicans say that democrats favor big government, when this administration has increased government by almost 50 percent. They cut taxes and then BORROW MONEY AND PAY THE INTEREST ON THE MONEY WHICH MAKES IT COST SOME 4 TO 7 PERCENT MORE. If they do not more about simple arithmetic than that how did they finish high school much less college??????

    This has been the worst eight years of government we have ever had, even worse than when we were governed by the British.

    If stupidity was money we could buy the world and have money left over to paved the streets.

    November 9, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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