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. Baby Huey

    At least Schwarzenegger is a pragmatic republican governor, more than I can say about some of these other neanderthal republican governors, who claim they won't accept aid from the stimulus package...oh wait, they didn't say NO to all the stimulus, just the parts of the stimulus they don't like. Two-faced hypocrites! Glib-tongued charlatans! These governors have the gall to criticize the stimulus package while stretching their hands out for a little bit of the stimulus dole out. If they don't like the stimulus package, they should refuse all of it, not just part of it.

    February 22, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Sara in VA

    Hilarious. All these liberals now sticking up for Arnold. Gosh, wasn't it just last week when you called him an idiot for running California into bankruptcy?

    Now he's a genius because he supports Obama? Really people, you really are ignorant. Arnold is incompetent.

    February 22, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Mac

    Cut out all the name calling! I'm sick of seeing one side bash the other constantly. If you don't agree that doesn't automatically make you a: idiot, rethug, dimocrat, unpatriotic, racist, etc. All it means is that don't agree!

    The Republican governors are simply stating that if they accept the money for unemployment extensions then THEY will have to fund those extension when the federal money runs out and that is what concerns them.

    They already can't balance their budgets and now they are being asked to increase their spending in a couple of years when the money runs out. Sort of the same way people did with their housing mortgages and now WE have to bail THEM out. Are we going to have to have another spending stimulus package then to bail them out again? A never ending cycle.

    Since this is what concerns them, it doesn't make them jerks, idiots, dishonest, uncaring about their people, etc. It actually makes them responsible.

    By the way, Arnold is a Republican in name only. He's always been a Democrat at heart so his responses never suprise me.

    February 22, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. lived9lives Southern Oregon

    Republican Position:
    If Obama wears a suit coat in the Oval office, he's an elitist. No jacket then he's unAmerican.
    If he stays in the White House he is out of touch with the people. If he goes out and speaks with the people, he's not doing his job.
    If he gives states money they have been screaming for it's too much or we really don't need it.
    If Obama goes to the bathroom is it a publicity stunt or does he have kidney cancer?
    Do I get it or maybe I don't?

    February 22, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. dina levine

    Maybe you should stick to acting Arnold. Cali's not doing so great and if you were a true Republican your state wouldn't be such a mess.

    February 22, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Living in the Heartland..

    First of all, it was John McCain that wanted a tax "holiday" giving people $65 for their gas FOR THE ENTIRE SUMMER as a solution to the crisis back this summer. How easily some forget..

    Those who are against the stimulus and are against getting at least $65 a MONTH are the SAME people who were in favor of the ONE-TIME payment of $65 tax holiday.

    But nevermind that: it takes a stuck up person to say that $65 is not enough money. For those of us who work hard for every penny, an extra $65 each month is enough for an extra tank of gas, or an increase in one's monthly food budget, it is a credit card payment, or a utility payment.

    $65 may not mean much to those who can afford to be childish (GOP and fat cats), but for the rest of us, it helps. It helps A LOT.

    February 22, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Zion

    Arnold, you will be like the governor of Florida, still employed. The rest of the Republican governors and senators will soon join the rest of the American people.

    February 22, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. fearful for my country

    Well Arnold. You're just going to give it to the illegal mexicans taking over your state. Pretty soon, the entire state of california is going to be a bario. Who's going to support them whne the money runs out? Your people who pay taxes are abandoning ship.

    February 22, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. Matt

    All you in the privare sector hoping to strike it rich are hurting now, while those of us in the public branch are making a steady income feeding our families. Life is still going good.

    February 22, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. kj

    Why can't we toss political bickering aside and come together to do what's best for our country??? I congratulate Governor Schwarzenegger!!!

    February 22, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  11. survivor

    I really think that nobody reaaly realizes what deep doodoo this country is heading into – the extraordinary steps that both Bush and Obama have had to take isn't just for show folks. So your opinion is just hit air – Aronold knows something I and Rush Lushboy is a big fat fool!

    February 22, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. gina

    I will not join you in this disremembering game; Arnold is only in office because Grey Davis got stuck holding the Wilson Republican hot potato. The CA GOP is a total parsite with paranoid delusional fantasies that allow them to deny what happened with Enron and ignore the insustainable nature of suburban-car-dominated-stucco-mini-mall-sprawl models of growth. (Another Home Depot/Starbucks/Appleby's?? Sure! We can't get enough of mediocre products that funnel money out of our communities!). These are the fake-work jobs that Steele claims to know so much about.

    February 22, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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