February 22nd, 2009
12:59 PM ET
11 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. Annie, Atlanta

    Mike, do you realize Arnold can't run again? Also, California has the THIRD largest economy in the WORLD. It would be in all our best interests that it does not fail.

    February 22, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Mike2

    I'm sure glad Republicans and Democrats alike can come to a common ground and rape the average citizen in harmony. I'm really glad that families are going to be taxed into bankruptcy and foreclosure. You partisan people, Rep/Dems, are fools. Nobody in government is looking out for you and your family. It's a stuggle for money and power...that's it. If a massive tax hike in the middle of a recession doesn't prove that...you have your collective heads in the sand.

    February 22, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Bruce

    It's all about the Benjamins isn't it "Ahnold?"

    February 22, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    The needs are different. The governors have and will act accordingly. So what is the big deal. Schwarzenegger is the governor of California and responds in the way that will help California residents. Must we worry about others? Take care of your own States and its needs. Not its wants.

    February 22, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. bankrupt

    Barbour is an idiot. He has no ideas. Former RNC Chairman Barbour just wants to throw mud at Obama no matter what. Barbour never complained about the massive federal spending in his state and the massive deficits incurred under Bush and the Repuglican Congress. Barbour has no credibility whatsoever with his very transparent partisan political attacks on Obama.

    February 22, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Arnold full of common sense

    " I'll be back"

    The Terminator would make a good Secretary of Commerce

    February 22, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Kelly

    W. wasn't exactly a bum. He did have some unexpected priorities that had to be attended to. W's greatest failure was not utilizing his political goodwill after 911 to maintain a focus on the war on terror in Afghanistan and pass real fiscal reform.

    As to the Governator's political perspective...I think the GOP should start listening to him a little more closely and drop the likes of Limbaugh and Rove. At some point if the Republican Party is to ever recover and start winning elections again they have to start seeing things in more realistic terms and stop being spoon-fed by these ultra-conservative wacko talk show hosts promoting inaction and negativity...THEY AREN'T TELLING YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. YES-MEN PAT YOU ON THE BACK AND WILL GLADLY TAKE YOUR MONEY BUT WON'T GET YOU OUT OF A TIGHT FIX.

    I say the GOP needs to look to the middle. It doesn't make you a bad Republican to find common ground with folks across the aisle. On the contrary it gives you an opportunity to take some credit on bills that are passed for the common good as is the case with Governor Schwartzenegger. Don't leave your fiscally conservative base but start looking to leaders like Arnie as he seems to have it right.

    Compromise ain't such a bad thing...especially if you are in the minority. And oh yeah one more thing...if you are a Republican and you think you are so different than those liberal, welfare-minded Democrats you are wrong. Democrats aren't the only politicians who like to spend taxpayer dollars. They just spend it on a few things other than the military and foreign wars.

    February 22, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. jd

    I don't understand why some of these Governors don't want the stimulus money, they are all crying too much spending, while when "W" was in the office of the presidency and the Republicans were in control of Congress, they spent more money than ever spent in this country.

    Republicans are all sore loosers, now all of a suden, they want to cut spending, what a bunch of hypocrytes. I hope their constituent votes them all out of office when they run for re election.

    What ever happen to the so call mantra, "COUNTRY FIRST" Senator 13 houses McCain cried and preached during the election, how quick do they forget because they lost.

    Oh, I forgot, they are all once Liberals until they make their first MILLION DOLLARS and all of a suden they become conservatives and forget about the rest of the people who are just trying to make ends meet.

    America is the riches nation on earth but we can not help the homeless and want to create some more homelessness, yet we spend billions and billions of tax payers dollars to fight wars that was not necessary while our own people are loosing their jobs, homes, medical insurance and these so called conservatives are playing politics with other people's lives because it does not affect them one iota.

    Why should they care when they don't pay for anything from their pockets, they don't even know how much bread or milk cost because they don't go to the grocery store since they have maids who does those things for them.

    Give me a break.

    February 22, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. JFK

    Good for Arnold! At least he stands up for something right and doesnt always bow to the party rhetoric.

    February 22, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Lisa

    When CA first voted in Arnold, I thought they were just voting in an action hero. But as I've listened to him over the years, before this time of crisis, he has said often that the ideology needs to go and the politicians need to listen to their constituents and forget the politics; It's not about politics. Whether you aree with him now or not, he's had that attitude from the start, and I've been impressed by that. I'd like to see more of that myself.

    February 22, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. llabesab

    Is that "terrific" in like "..I vunder vy I never received an Oscar..I vas such a 'terrific' actor."

    February 22, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Cheryl

    I applaud the Governor for stepping up and making some sense. Those republican governors who are loudly complaining about the stimulus sure as hell don't mind getting in there and demanding some of the money. what hypocrites they are – clinging like leeches to their failed ideology while their constituents, the people who got them elected, are hurting for jobs, homes, food, heat.

    I will never vote for another republican as long as I live.

    February 22, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Al

    Bravo to Arnold,
    Even he is a republican he is willing to admit mistakes of his own party and support democrats when it is due.

    He is the type of person republicans should follow not Rush Limbaugh

    February 22, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. hexter

    Maybe" Madoff" should b
    e in charge of this s
    tate stimulus money; which ever way this goes were screwed anyways, at least "Madoff" would promise us 10% on our money.

    February 22, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. ken from jefferson city mo

    I think the gov. was being honest and he also doesn't have to do what
    the republican leaders want him to do and contrary to other republicans he does what the people want he's different maybe the
    republican party could take some notes, also listen to him speak
    he wants to do what the people say to do and he refers to the people
    all the time you never hear any republican say that they say tax cuts ,
    and then how big business means prosperity for all when it really means the rich get richer and the poor get what they want us to get.

    February 22, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Rick

    Finally a sane Republican. All this opposition to the stimulus bill? How soon we forget that Bush's bailout was initially $700 billion and signed just October 3rd, with hardly a peep from anyone? Watch Letterman's final "Famous Presidential Speeches" on D-TV. HILLARIOUS, How we supported that idiot for so long??? No wonder McCain and Palin stood a chance with Bush supporters. HA I hope we are a single party system one day and kick all the winy Republicans back to there respective country clubs, then maybe progress will be made. Remember who got us in this mess, and they have the nerve to chastise someone trying to get us out. The Republicans can say "Mission Accomplished" on ruining this country.

    February 22, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Too many casted stones

    Republicans are so bitter. They slam the stimulus because they have NO CLUE if it will work. But they do the devil's work of sowing doubt to keep things from getting better.

    They think that being the voice of HATRED it will draw people to their party.

    Most of all they are trying hard to distract us from the fact that THEY GOT US INTO THIS MESS. btw, it was a GOP President that created the first stimulus that had NO ACCOUNTABILITY.

    So to the GOP: sit down and shut up!! Obviously, you don't have a clue of what you're talking about, and you certainly don't have solutions that are proven to work.

    February 22, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Debbie

    As a former Californian, I'm not surprised. What a greedy state and "thank God there's money now!" If they could balance their budget they would be in line with every other state that is going to refuse funds. Get it together California!

    February 22, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. chris

    It is such a shame that for 8 years, George W. Bush, spent and created massive debts for this nation, with the blessing and supports of those two-faced republicans, governors, senators and house representatives. To think of them as having supported this all along, no matter the debt this action by W, now we have to remind them that this is not the Bush adminsitration and that their asses were kicked in the election which still bothers them so much, i wonder if they even see Obama as the president of this country. Governors like Jindal and Barbour dont have anything to worry about employment or food for their families, you and I are paying all of those for them, so why should they care if you get any breaks from this stimulus plan. It is just politics as usual. Why didnt Jindal refuse all the money sent to Lousianna to help the people of New orleans who until this day are still suffering? It hurts me to think of these governors who as i have come to realize are solely concerned with their political base. Like one reader, Republicans are truly robots. You wonder why minorities are still lacking in that party, and forever will. You may have a chairman of the RNC who is black, but he is a joke. He will never amount to any support from any minority groups in this nation. Or i forget, they have Alan Keyes, that sick and sad human being...

    February 22, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Annie

    Arnold has never really played the party game – probably because he is an immigrant and KNOWS the hardship of making his own way. He has not forgotten what people who are middle class feel, nor has Mr. Obama because they have walked in our shoes. People facing no job and no unemployment get desparate. .

    February 22, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. Steven

    The national debt is over $10 Trillion even before President Obama took office. That was what Bush left at the doorstep on his way back to Texas. Any worry about the $800 Billion stimulus or $350 Billion TARP II mortaging our children future is moot. Our next generation's future are already mortgaged. It is only now that most people begin to take notice after falling from the top of an economic bubble ballooned by a subprime mortage con game. What President Obama and his administration is trying to do is to rescue our nation and children out of this debt.

    February 22, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. PS / North Carolina

    GOP is still in deniel.
    They think we are not in a ressession.
    They still think, the country on the right direction.
    They still think The U.S. Health Care is in prety good shape. (Although we spend 16% GDP and have 70 million under / un insured while other G& countries spend only 7% of their GDP and have universel Health coverage.)

    GOP Is still in denial. They are dellusional. They

    February 22, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. Greg

    We are borrowing from our children's children future. Has anyone looked at our national debt and not realize that one day someone will have to pay for our current government's excesses. I know its not popular to talk about this government and socialism but we are in the midst of our banks becoming nationalized, our government becoming so large that we can't pay for it and a President who wants to make it larger. Our founding forefathers knew that government was to protect and not to provide. Once we have a government that provides and is voted in on that provision then we can say goodbye to the vast majority of our paychecks and an economy that will be 2nd rate at best. Also, look at FDR's stimulus package – The New Deal. Did it work? Nope.

    February 22, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. Gwats

    I don't see any of the morons posting here coming up with any other way to jump-start this economy. These are also the same losers who looked the other way when the Bush Administration was making war in Iraq with no-bid contracts and credit cards. Come up with a solution that doesn't involve stimulus money that is workable and you might have a seat at the table.

    February 22, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Mr Yan

    California sends more money each year to the Feds than most of the complaining Red states combined.of the states combined. We subsidize states like TN, OK, ID, MS with our tax dollars every year.

    Don't tell me you are subsidizing my state. We getting back a small portion of what we over contribute each year.

    If Alaska doesn't want federal aid then let's cut it all off...not just the stimulus portion. Palin's state would not no what to do without our federal aid money.

    February 22, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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