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. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    Terrific only because his state is BROKE and needs all the help it can get right now! I'm willing to bet if that wasn't the case it would be a different story! He is a Republican ya know!!!!!

    February 22, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Yaking

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

    Schwarzenegger can not be that dumb.
    He don't even know who put the Stimulus package together.

    February 22, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Glennis

    Yes, and there's one born every minute.

    February 22, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. gobama

    hey look a republican with some sense. dont see that everyday

    February 22, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Proud American

    How much longer do we Californians have to put up with this Idiot?

    February 22, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Jeremy

    Ca Governor is right on this one! We need to be solid and focused into solving this common problem. Bad Economy is not Republican(though repubs policy lead us into this) neither is it Democrat. Excellent plans are being watered down along political idieologies and infighting as opposed to neutral assesments and implementations aimed at getting out of this galloping hole. Tax cuts to the super rich have never worked neither will they work this time again. We are in a liberalized Economy whereas our main competitors like China runs Controlled Economy right from production to exports. We lower our cost by tax breaks for example and they lower costs of labor and devalue their currency! Simply our mode of Capitalism is not instep with Global market not unless the rest of the World is equally fair with their Economic policies(UNIFORM POLICY FOR GLOBAL MARKET.....WTO).

    February 22, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Ex-Republican Gal

    I applaud Arnold and Charlie Crist for crossing party lines and doing what's right for the people of their state. This is also the behavior that will bring more people back into the Republican fold because there are still phisosolphical differences. The Republicans are just too stupid to see that.

    February 22, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. S Callahan

    Again, deep breath...I'm choking on my coffee......really? Did I hear you say that? He's right!

    February 22, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Sara from Arizona

    Phony Republican.

    February 22, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |


    February 22, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Kim

    Go, Arnold! Now go talk some sense into your republican colleagues.

    February 22, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Tyrone

    I am from Mississippi and I hope all of the ohter residents of Mississippi will make Haley Barbour eat those words when his reelection comes up.....

    February 22, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. dittohead with forty names

    CNN should hire more people to moderate on the weekends,what a bunch of cheapskates,they must be republicans.

    February 22, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. CHANGE we need

    Finally get this RINO out of the closet and into the DemacRAT party!

    February 22, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Arnold got it right this time. If the red state Republican governors don't want the stimulus money, Arnold is more than ready to accept their share on the behalf of the citizens of California.

    February 22, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Ben, Hartford, CT

    Arnold is one of the most level-headed, approachable, savvy politicians out there. He's definitely in Obama's league, and I hope he runs for Senator in 2010.

    February 22, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. Ryan

    How can you say Arnold is a true republican when he is for big massive gov't.

    A true Republican would be 100% against all this spending

    February 22, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Mr.HappyPeaches

    Who gives a damn what Rush Libaaaaahhhh thinks.
    That overweight grandpa needs to do America a favor pick out a retirement home. Noone takes him seriouslly anymore. His arguments are invalid so he results to name calling like a 2nd grader.

    February 22, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Matt

    I wish more people from his party would take the same outlook he is. I mean Obama can't get us anymore in the hole than Bush already did and for any republican to even think any different is crazy. Maybe Arnold is trying to become a democrat b/c he realizes how ignorant his party is.

    February 22, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. abraxis

    Let's admit that the stimulus package is another huge expenditure from the democrats. Let's also admit that it is needed b/c tax cuts and doing nothing will make the economic conditions worse.

    The tax money that will be spent is going into the hand of the people so we can jump start the fluid cycle of the economy, even though it is our borrowed money.

    For those politicians who want to grandstand let the people in their states do something about them. Let's take the money that they are going to turn down, if they are honorable politicians (oxymoron), and give it to us so we can spend it for them.

    Repugnant idiot republican politicians who are out for their own political futures, who do not worry about the working people, let their constituents worry about them when their is no money for their local programs like the schools, roads and bridges, and health care for young children.

    February 22, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. dan

    Well his political career ended long ago, his only hope is to live through his wife's family the Kennedy's. His state is run by the democrats that bankrupted it long before he took over. The problem is these democrats in Calf. f up their own state, make it impossible to live there with the out of control spending and taxing and then have to leave for other states like AZ. They take their stupid political ideas with them and then proceed to f up that state. They're like locust. It's happening in Az right now where the democratic gov. just left to join obama's team leaving what was a financially fit state now billions of dollars in debt. Thank god she's gone.

    February 22, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. kq

    wow. go arnold. way to be honest, and unafraid of what your fellow republicans will say to you (more like rip you apart). funny how a former actor is better than almost the rest of his party. maybe other repubs will come out from their hidey-holes and admit that this stimulus may actually work instead of complaining and being completely unsupportive and useless.

    February 22, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Philip Ham

    Great Show / Hideous Desk

    John King is a great program anchor.... We love(d) his magic wall. He is extremely knowledgeable and has a impressive TV personna. His SOTU program is top notch... Governor Schwartzenegger's interview was first rate... However, starring at the modernistic Swiss Cheese desk is so irratating. Can't CNN do better than that? How about a splash panel CNN State of the Union.... Anything is better than the Swiss Cheese.

    February 22, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Sabrina

    Finally – a Republican that is thinking more about the people of the state that he governs vs. his party. I am not a fan of Arnold but I say kudos for this action. He will be ostracized for it.

    February 22, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. irene

    thank you,a repuplican who can think for himself ,and dont have to take his cue from that brainless limbough,good for schwarzenegger.

    February 22, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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