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. Amanda

    That guy is an opportunist. He supports death penalty because it is the easy way and he refused to vote for Obama. So now he is sucking up to him ? Please.

    February 22, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. J

    To Matt in MN and Mike,
    Ill have you know that California sends about the most money to Washington. In fact for every dollar we send we get back only a mere seventy-seven cents back. So don't you think California deserves SOME of our taxpayer dollars back. I mean its not like we contribute nothing to the country like Mississippi.

    February 22, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Louis

    If "illegals" are stealing your jobs, then you need to get educated. they mostly take the jobs no one wants at salaries that no can afford to live on. we basically had an open door policy, letting anyone in while the economy was strong and we needed the cheap labor, but now that things are tightening up we are going to try to strip them of their basic human rights... Bailey you are ignorant! you should go and post on fox news with the rest of the wack jobs!

    February 22, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Alex

    Wow, a Republican who listens to voters, homeowners, and consumers instead of the talk-radio ayatollahs. This might even be a Republican who wants to be reelected, unlike the rest of his party colleagues.

    February 22, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. R.O.B.

    And that's just the stark difference in a Moderate Republican using common sense and a Conservative Republican being idealistic. Common sense wins everytime. It's sad to say that most southern Republicans are stuck on idealistic views. That's the very reason why a lot of things done in the Southern states seem to not make sense. Because they don't make sense!

    February 22, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Richard D. Duffy

    The stimulous package for any state is a bad reward for the governor and legislature's monetary mismanagement, lack of responsibility and leadership and avoidance of law to live within a states budget. It sets a poor example for the people of that state to live within their own income and it perpetuates a states illogical overspending continuing the economic downward spiral.
    Each state should be left to solve its own problems and pay for its excesses to put an end to mismanagement.
    In the case of California, much of its problems stem from its unwillingness to deal with the illegle immigration problems which is draining its states coffers. Too bad-poor decision!!

    February 22, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. mike

    I hope everyone in the US enjoys paying for my states debts. Personally, I am embarrased for Californias pathetic leadership-both Democrat and Republican.

    February 22, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. John

    Good for Arnold!
    The rest of the Republican Party has a lot of nerve calling the stimulus wasteful after falling over themselves to help fill Halliburton's pockets with trillions of tax payers dollars on two wars that have helped destroy our National morale and economy. Then they throw another trillion at their greedy fat cat friends in banking and wall street.
    If the Republican Party is really looking for a model and foundation for the future they only need to look to Arnold Schwarzeneggar.
    I hope he switches to the Democratic Party and leaves the Republicans in the dust where they belong.

    February 22, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. harry1

    More money more spending No responsibility Hand outs who really gets theses jobs Lets see some ID and trim the fat Arnold!

    February 22, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. fredfromsj

    "it is a shame to put illegals first"

    I couldn't agree more. As a part American Indian, I wish all of you ILLEGALS get off our land that you stole from us the past 250 years.

    February 22, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Payback is Coming

    Arnold ... this is from the same man you talked s–t about in Ohio when you were campaigning for John McCain.

    I can't wait until he is able to get at you without hurting the rest of California. You are a marked man ... kissing up now won't help buddy.

    Florida's Republican Governor, Charlie Crist, is on safe ground with Obama because he didn't shoot off his big mouth the way Arnold did.

    February 22, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. The Blessed One

    Juice Man supports anything blowing his way. He first disrepected President Obama now he's backing him.

    Just another example of what the Juice can do to your mind.

    February 22, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. why

    It would be nice to see the republican party stop trying to get elected in 2012 and get in the game that is "now". This constant non-bipartisan stance is not in the best interest of this country. Our government has the smartest people in the world at their disposal to help us get through these hard times and the administration is seeking this knowledge. We need the governments help since they are the only ones with deep enough pockets and influence. It would be nice to see a little support from the other side of the aisle instead of the "we are not going to support anything from Obama/democrats".
    Quit trying to separate yourselves in an effort to change your image of a failed 8 years. Step up and start doing what you were elected for and help your country out.

    February 22, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Joe

    Arnold is one of the smartest republicans I've seen. He's great. He's very bipartisan and acts in the good of the people and not for his party. I would make a bet that if he could run for Pres., he would and would do pretty well. I don't like what the republicans have become, but would def. consider voting for a republican like Arnold. God bless America!!!

    February 22, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. windfall

    Arnold has the right idea. It's about what's best for the people of the U.S.; not what's best for a party politician.

    Aren't we getting sick and tired of the right blasting everything Obama does, when they could be helping to come up with solutions...like ADULTS????

    February 22, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. L. Ellington

    At last! One Sane Republican with a conscience, willing to work with the man millions chose to lead us out of this mess.
    There is nothing more honorable than standing up for what`s right!
    And are we not the UNITED States of Ameria?
    Thanks, Arnold!

    February 22, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Jean, Indiana

    Another Republican governor - Charlie Crist of Florida - said the same thing on Meet the Press today: The plan is not perfect but it's needed. He has to do the best thing for the people of Florida, which is to accept the funds.

    February 22, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Frankenblog

    It's refreshing to see a Republican speak his mind regardless of what his party will think. Sure, California's getting more money, but it's also one of the largest states. I'm tired of all the fighting about this. Mad McCain won, he would also be pushing a stimulus package and I bet it would be similar to the one Obama just signed into law. And remember, it's only been a MONTH since Obama took office. Let's sit back, give the guy a chance, and see what transpires before passing judgment. The new guy has some great stuff cooking and I, for one, am going to be watching.

    February 22, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. ;sldkf@aol.com

    90% of it will go into politician's pockets and those of their friends.

    February 22, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Kelly

    Gov. Schwarzenegger is in a very humble position right now considering California's state of affairs. However, the thing that amazes me most with the GOP is there is no humility.

    The best way to start making amends in the Republican Party is to do as the Governator is doing–putting legislation, although not perfect, on the table and get it passed in order to show the American people that you aren't just standing around with your arms folded complaining without alternatives or a solution. Like it or not every state will see stimulus money coming to help out. It will be very interesting to see if these governors can put their money where their mouth is and utilize this funding appropriately for the people. If not, I guarantee you Mr. Obama has eyes watching on how this money is spent and will call you on it in a heartbeat.

    February 22, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Lefty

    400,000 new jobs . I really doubt that number.

    February 22, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Jon Stewart

    Finally a republican with a Brain and not just brain farts!!

    February 22, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Ben, Hartford, CT

    Arnold's simply playing it smart.

    He knows his state's current fiscal situation was caused by the problems Bush started – not anything for which he was responsible.

    The 40 MILLION Americans in California need help, and luckily, they'll get this stimulus package. Obama's simply trying to administer a booster shot to get the free-market economy back on track. He's NOT asking us all to become socialists or something.

    As a native of San Diego who is going to college in Connecticut (another state with a street-smart Republican governor working hard to effectively handle the economic crisis), it shocks and saddens me to see so many people hate on California's situation when they:

    a) clearly don't live there and

    b) are bitter about the GOP's loss of the White House. We're all one nation – suck it up and deal with it. America's been through tougher times before.

    February 22, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Chona Grefiel

    I firmly believe President Obama will do the job he has promised to upheld with the best he can.This is I can say with fervor,he may not be able to fulfill all he promised during the campaign,he will do most with honesty and dignity.I hope and pray that we all be supportive of all his under takings to fix the economic woes,security concerns,
    health issues,and the global diplomatic standing of the U.S.A.
    Remember the saying:After the storm,the sun will always comes up,
    and it will be another day.Be optimistic.HOPE AND CHANGE.YES WE

    February 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Just Me

    Matt and Dana You both are absolutely correct.

    February 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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