February 22nd, 2009
12:59 PM ET
10 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. Jerry from Oregon

    Keep in mind just how remarkable this is. the reason Arnold is a Republican is because he is a fiscal conservative. He has thusfar proved to be an excellent governor for California as he has shown that his intellectual muscle is as formidible as physical strength!

    February 22, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. AK

    U republicans are a bunch of negative thinking folks without any ideas to fix things at all in the first place. Without the last President we would have been much better of with way less dept.
    The stimulus will help all states, fixing our schools, bridges, rail roads and highways creating jobs urgently needed. Schwarzenegger at least got it right helping the new president to fix this broken country.

    February 22, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Mark

    Listen to all of this hatred. Everyone needs to calm down and support the US right now. You can play your party politics later. Obama and Schwarzenegger are doing what is best for out country right now.

    February 22, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. jj

    Where the credic of spending and not paying during
    George Bush spending spree

    February 22, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Aubrey

    to Governor of Calf., get your facts right, Mr. Terminator, Ob didn't write any bill, The house Speaker and her Boy Friend, chairman of the Senate wrote it and told OB what to say and how to push it through. Same old lies and dirty tricks on the Hill. They both publicly said, "We won, so we write the bills." To me, a life time Democrat, that is just two self serving fools, out to get even with the Repubs for being in power the last 6 years, yes, I said 6 years, remember the dems took control the last 2 years before Obama's election.So those two think, "to hell with the people", we are entitled to our victory, what ever it cost. In those two years, they did nothing to correct Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, and so now we have some real opportunities to fix. As for Mr New attorney Gen, go get a life, and stop all the racial whinning. How is it only white people can be called raciest? Try white history Month, or White college fund, or White Miss America, and the list goes on, Be advised there are near 60 all Black colleges in this country, but no all white colleges.

    February 22, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. rich

    Rumor is Arnold is switching partys.Join early to avoid the rush.

    February 22, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Andre

    Let's set the record straight.....
    In case you all forgot...America had a bafoon of a President named George W. Bush that left this mess behind. President Obama is just left with cleaning it up. There is no quick fix to the economic problems that the US and the rest of the world faces. Some action is better than no action at all. And for Gov. Arnold...what's he pumped about? The stimulus package is an attempt to bring some help/relief to what we're dealing with and he just signed a bill last week to raise our taxes here in California. Idiot.

    February 22, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. phillip taft

    Honest Governor ??!!!!!.... People need to take their heads out of the clouds and recognize this two faced so called "Green Governor" for his true colors. Under the guise of twisted and false environmental science he has been pushing his precious peripheral canal agenda. A canal designed to pump more water out of the already fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in order to support his wealthy, agricultural, co-conspiring business partners. With the Pacific West Coasts struggling salmon fishery on the brink of collapse, this canal will be the final death blow as well as Schwarzeneggers corrupt legacy upon the future generations of all Californians.

    February 22, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. David Newport, OR

    This why the highly-educated people supported Obama and the poorly-educated did not in the election. Is there any wonder why so many people do not understand this package too? I would suggest a simple Econ course but I understand that the same people complaining couldn't pass the course. Too bad when you think about it.

    February 22, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Tariq

    Gov. Schwarzenegger should take money meant for other states with governors refusing it.

    As a governor, you are free to denounce and speak out against the stimulus bill all you want but the money is not yours to refuse it, if you wanted to stop a bill...go be a senator!

    Gov. Jindhal, your state of Louisiana needs the money more than any state even if the country was not in a recession, people are still recovering from Katrina!!

    For Jindhal to turn down the money can't be seen as anything but a political stunt.

    February 22, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. reggie

    Arnold, It's far from terrific.

    February 22, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Ceiling Art

    Arnold has done more for this state than any governor has for any other state for that matter. The cultural diversity and beautiful weather here are a direct result of Arnold's friendly neighbor and environmentally friendly policies. Arnold will restore the public's image in the Republican party.

    February 22, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

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

    We'll also remember who put the package together when it comes time to pay the bills in the form of higher taxes, high unemployment due to the level of taxation, the collapse of the dollar due to inflation, etc., etc.

    February 22, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Byron

    Glad to see someone with common sense. Any business man knows it takes money to make money and investing in jobs is a trickle up economy. Once people are back to work, service industry picks up and then the infrastrucutre industry picks up and everyone gets back to work.

    As long as failure is the republican agenda, the republicans are doomed to fail. Pretty sad when the most powerful nation in the world makes standing up against unemployment benefits their top concern. Get those people back to work! Thanks Arnold.

    February 22, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Paul

    I have to agree strongly with Matt and Dana. Do the republicans of the country honestly forget what the economy was like when Clinton left office? Look up those figures and see if your stomach doesn't turn when you consider what we have now after good ole' president Bush. How can you knock a stimulus package presented by Obama when the entire reason we are having this discussion is because of the shortcomings of the Bush Administration? It is becoming apparent that Arnold may just have more common sense than anyone else in the Republican Party. Doesn't everyone see that it is time to get past the political affiliation borders that in many ways weaken our government? Until we can all act under the understanding that we are Americans (not Republicans and Democrats), I don't feel that we will ever fully recover from the problems facing this nation. I support President Obama with no reservation, I can only hope that the American people who have concerns will set them aside to support the nation we all love and stand behind OUR new president. Only after this happens will things start to get better.

    February 22, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Marty

    Arnie- do you want a cabinet post as Secretary of Commerce?

    February 22, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Hopeful Greeny

    Where were these so-called fiscal conservatives during the LAST 8 YEARS when their beloved president overspent on HIS pet projects which did NOTHING for the general unemployed, flooded-out public but rip them off of hope and menial prosperity? Oh ya, getting fat off the pet projects which banckrupt Our Dream. You poor southern saps, I certainly hope you remember your considerate leaders during your next election. Many of us in the west have turned BLUE; we fight for the middle-class and our leaders know it.

    February 22, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Scott

    CA should get the most money. We ar th most populous state, contribute more tax dollars to the Feds than any other state. If CA was it's own country we would have the 7th largest economy in the world. So those ofyou who are griping about it, get over yourselves and PLEASE DO NOT MOVE HERE.

    It;s a ashame the politicians and many of you hee can not see past your own party affiliations and bring solutions rather than complain about hte problems themeselves or the solutions arrived at by our elected political leaders.

    February 22, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. Truth Bomb Thrower

    Arnold, you were not NEAR enough of a Republican to get the job done and straighten out California. It should be no surprise to anyone that you would support this ridiculous and foolish piece of legislation.
    Californians would be so much better today if they had chosen McClintock over you in 2003. At least he was a REAL republican.

    Arnold, you are no Governor Reagan!

    February 22, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Trudy

    How are we going to pay for this? & please, stop reporting this as a "stimulus package" & call it what it is - a spending bill laden with ridiculous items like, 5 billion for ACORN, etc. Wake up people, it is only going to get worse.

    February 22, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Bell

    If you thought it was so great, then why didn't you vote for it? I don't think that any state that voted against the bill should get a thin dime. That would leave more money for the states that did vote for it.Only three people from the Rush McCain party stood for the voters. Does anyone recall the words {A house devided will not stand.}

    February 22, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. chris

    please stop talking about illigals in this country without them we would be in worse shape then we are now. i am native american so actually who is really the illigals mexicans have just as much right to be here as white people black people or asians get a life people.

    February 22, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. Colin

    What? Since when are Republicans "conservatives"?

    This is becoming a bit. . . excessive. Everything and everyone is being bailed out, seems to me we're on the way to becoming a Socialist country. Anyone every heard of Free Enterprise or Capotalism??

    February 22, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. mr. phil

    Based on revenue, California as a state is the 7th richest country in the world. Of course we'll get more money because we contribute more to the federal budget you morons. Silicon Valley alone probably contributes more in federal taxes than most of the podunk states you guys live in.

    February 22, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. Philly B

    Let's pay off one credit card with a second card, then open a third card and give it to our angry ex (the democratic party of Pelosi and Reid control) !!!!!!

    February 22, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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