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. Nick

    Don't forget what the most populated state is, of course CA is going to get a lot of the money compared to other states. Don't forget which state is generating the most Federal Taxes and GDP.

    February 22, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. kathy lattanzi

    not be able to feed cloth or provide shelter for my children now or leave them some debt i can help prepare them for in adulthood... there is only one chose. the ones bum rapping this stimulus have money like rush L and bill reilly to name a couple.

    February 22, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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    February 22, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. J


    Everyone expects cooperation? I do not remember any cooperation from the Dems after GW(not a fan of his) got elected..in fact I remember a bunch of them walking out when he addressed Congress the first time...so please stop the whining. Although, his package is a solution, it is definitely far off from a good solution. I am tired of Baby Boomers screwing every generation after them so they can be rewarded for their short-sidedness and greed! Although I like Schwarzenegger, he is from one of the worst performing states, where public service employee unions(police, fire, civil, etc) and a long series of horrible state legislatures have run the state into near bankruptcy! Some cities are even giving raises and pension improvements to service employees, while shutting down libraries and firing people...what sense does that make? We need to rip the bandaid off quickly, so we can then start recovery...the longer we intervene, the longer this process will take. I for one am sick of PAYING for others greed and mistakes.

    February 22, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. alvino

    Which republican is the real 'girlie man?' Maybe Rush will challenge Arnold to Suma Wrestle to the death.

    February 22, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Sherry

    Funny thing about the Republicans refusal...the bill has a provision in it that if the states do not accept the stimulus after a certain number of days, it automatically GOES to the state. So they can say We didn't take it but get it anyway.

    I am so sick of the Republican party...they put us into this mess with the banks and bottomless spending. Just keep on saying no because the next time people vote, they will remember that No vote!

    February 22, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Chan

    Bobby Jindal has to turn down (a very small) part of the stimulus money in order to position himself to be the change agent in 4 years. Arnold is glad to accept the money and be vocal about it because he must ditch the sinking GOP platform to run as a "for-the-people" senator when his term is up.

    February 22, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. Fairview NC

    I believe that the people have already spoken in November, Obama and a clear Democratic majority in Congress was the PEOPLE's answer.

    It appears that the Republican Party would just as soon see America fail for four more years. Such Idiots! W put us in this position and didn't give a damn. McCain I guess forgot that he was beaten for doing just what we all knew he would, follow the old party line.

    It's amazing that a drugged up radio DJ is running thier party, best of luck again in four years if you continue to buck the American People. And as for those of you governors who don't want the money, that is fine, just go ahead and give it to my state, I know we can sure use the extra to get our employment rate down and jump start construction and housing, which is what makes this country go and grow!

    February 22, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |


    February 22, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Ernie in LA

    Arnold says, "It was Obama that got elected, he put the package together, so lets support it.' He sounds like he has no mind of his own. If Obama does it, it must be right???

    February 22, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. rebecca

    okay, for everyone complaining about california - we're the biggest state with the largest problems AND a draught, so why shouldn't we get the proportionally larger amount of the money??? we need it too!

    February 22, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Dale

    Republicans are digging their own political graves by being this malicious and uncooperative. 2010...they are going to get voted out of the Senate...they'd already been tossed out of the House, and the Presidency in the last 2 years.

    February 22, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Chuck from KY

    I don't know if this "stimulus money" will help the nation or not. I know it will help some areas, but others...I am just not sure about.

    I am willing to give Pres. Obama some time to set some positive things in motion. But he is a centrist. Not a liberal. So he won't make everyone happy, all the time. Everyone has a different opinion about what the perfect stimulus bill would be. I remember being very against some of the original Clinton policies early in his first term, which led to a cash surplus for the first time in my lifetime. I was wrong on that one.

    As a result, I will be willing to give Pres. Obama and entire term to make a decision on 2012. But like most of you...I am quite nervous.

    I am a registered Republican. But I want the United States to have good leadership more than I want my party in power.


    February 22, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. what a joke

    I am glad his term is on the way out, he accomplished zero

    we need to revamp the whole California system, it is broken, over borrowed and discourages investment

    we need help and to start over

    February 22, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. WIll 18E

    of Course the Gov. Schwarzennegger is pleased, Along with other people's money, the stimulus, and the tax hikes that were just voted in, the gov. can hold his breath and hope he's out of office before the money runs out so he avoid being a true leader and make the hard decisions.

    February 22, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Calif native

    California is one of the top 7 largest economies in the world. This is comparing countries as well. Most of the money the federal gov gets is from CA, so it is only fit CA gets some of that back. More than half of the CA fed tax money is spent in improving and helping other states. So stop whining about how much CA is getting. Please know the facts before you open your mouth people.

    February 22, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Mark

    Whether they accept it or not.. americans would still be paying for it! Why not use it and maybe Republicans once more may look smart!!

    February 22, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. Linda Welch

    Halley Babour is the former Chairman of the GOP, and is passionate as a partisan. He is not interested in cooperating with any member of that party. He does not put his people in Mississippi, and their needs first. Look at the poverty all over the state of Mississippi. He ought to be ashamed to call himself that state's governor. Wake up people in Mississippii.. It's time to throw these self-promoting, egotistical, know-it-all GOP's bums out of office, and start thinking progressively for your state.

    February 22, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Peter

    Any state Governor who will not except this money has just lost their re-election plans and their presidential run in 2012 plans aswell...When these states collapse no one will vote for them

    February 22, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. Ernie in LA

    If Obama would have told everyone that they would be getting $65 per month from his plan, I don't think he would have been elected. One girl said that Obama was going to send her to college and pay for it and fill up her gas tank. Boy, is she disappointed.

    February 22, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. JJ

    I live in CA. The politicians (Iincluding Arnold) both Democrat and Republican are the very worst our country has to offer. (we are and have been run by Democrats forever) We were th 8th largest economy in the world at one time, but now we are on the verge of bankruptcy. He just signed the budget into law and gave us a 14 billion dollar tax increase. That takes away my $13.00 per week that Obama gave us plus! Housing and construction has left the state and these paid for life politicians act like they did something good. You people need to pull your heads from your butts and realize that no politician (including Arnold or Obama) is worried about what happens to us. As I said, they are paid for life. They keep there jobs because we argue about who's better, Republicans or Democrats and they like it when we do. There is only one way out of this, Americans for Americans and Americans buy American and sell American. Illegals go home and American money is for Americans. Stop believing that a politician will save us. Not in your lifetime. It's up to us.

    February 22, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. Mike

    Arnold is basing his judgments on what is needed for the people's benefit in his state, not on what he think will be the best tactical political position to take for his own political career. How refreshing!

    Those republican governors who want to turn down this money are simply thinking ahead selfishly to how they can craft campaign slogans describing their "character" for opposing the bailout bill. But it is going to be a huge mistake, as it will make the people in their states pay for their obstinance and unwillingness to compromise.

    February 22, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. John

    Arnold's become much more bi-partisan and respectful ever since California's public employees' unions have have humbled him a few times.

    February 22, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. Simmy

    Gov. Terminator, it's time to leave that party behind. Become an Independent if you are not quite ready to be a Dem. You, Gov. Crist, and a few others, have more in the sum of your parts than.......

    February 22, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. TJ

    deep down, arnold has a conscience and say what's right. there are a lot of cowards in congress – self-serving immoral politicians representing only themselves and their lobby constituents. their only purpose is running our country to the ground.

    they vote no and then go home to take the piece of the pie. i no apathy for their cries and whines...

    February 22, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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