December 15th, 2009
07:21 PM ET
6 years ago

Schwarzenegger slams Palin

 California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is questioning the motives of a felllow Republican, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is questioning the motives of a felllow Republican, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

(CNN) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – who has backed strict new emissions controls to combat climate change – made a comment Tuesday that's sure to raise some heat, especially in GOP circles.

The Republican governor of California is questioning the motives of a high-profile opponent of the idea: Sarah Palin.

The former Republican vice presidential nominee and former Alaska governor has questioned whether human activity contributes to climate change, and written op-eds blasting the cap and trade policy promoted by the Obama administration to limit emissions. Last week, she called on President Obama to boycott the Copenhagen conference.

"You have to ask: what was she trying to accomplish?" Schwarzenegger, in Copenhagen for the international climate change summit, told the Financial Times. "Is she really interested in this subject or is she interested in her career and in winning the (Republican presidential) nomination? You have to take all these things with a grain of salt."

Palin, dubbed a climate change "denier" by Al Gore, slammed the former vice president for promoting "doomsday scenarios": "Climate change is like gravity – a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, any governmental attempts to affect it," she wrote in a Facebook post last week.

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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. Mark in Tennessee

    Palin is an airhead cheerleader (wink) and a quitter. Good riddance.
    The sad thing is that so many republicans are rallying around her like she's some kind of savior. I suppose that's their right but when will they realize she's damaged goods.
    Personally it will be a while before I vote republican again.

    December 15, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  2. SeanDetroit

    Just goes to show you: You ca NOT judge a book by it's cover or a republican by his party affiliation. Arnold is the most independent thinker the GOP has. He doesn't kowtow to the party bigwigs and special interests. Go Arnold!!

    December 15, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. Shanna

    even if you believe man made climate change is a hoax, isn't reducing pollution and preserving nature the morally correct thing to do?

    December 15, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. German,Irish American

    For the warmers to deny the evidence of the East Anglia cooking of the books to support global warming is astounding. Al Gore, "the center core of the earth is millions of degrees." Most students learn by the fifth grade that the core of the earth is thousands, not millions of degrees. Al Gore, "the latest scientific evidence is that there is a 75% chance that the summer ice will be completely gone within the next five years." Even the warming scientists immediately debunked this. Think what the outcry would be if Palin had made these stupid statements. Yet, Arnold and the rabid warmers wait with abated breath for their Oscar winng climate guru Gore to speak again.

    December 15, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  5. John McCann

    Sarah Palin is a joke. Arnold is spot on in his questioning of this woman's motives. She most likely does not know much of climate change. All she is interested in is selling her book. Best seller OMG. Scary to think that some people in this country actually believe Palin is qualified to lead this nation? Are you kidding me? Blame the folks who ill-advised John McCain to make this moron with lipstick his "running mate". Sarah Palin will be the laughing stock of most of this country soon enough. All this woman has to do is keep talking and making stupid comments. Her ignorance will shine on through. Poor Palin. "Ambushed " by Katie Couric, who asked her the tough question "what do you read?". Please go back to Wasilla Ms Palin.

    December 15, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  6. morgan thomas

    'Muscles" is just jealous because he can't run for President plus Palin is way better looking than his wife.

    December 15, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. ed

    It says a lot that for the last month this 'news' network won't cover the climategate fraud exposition but never hesitates to make it headlines when somebody has anything negative to say about Sarah Palin. Anyone wanting real news coverage should look elsewhere.

    December 15, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  8. ChrisInSD

    Good job Arnold!

    December 15, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  9. Barbara

    Terminate her-Terminator! Shut her up. She's mindless; a liar and a quitter. She should donate all that greedy book money to charities; then disappear once and for all-and for all a good night!

    December 15, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. Wanda

    Sarah Palin cares about one thing and that thing is Sarah Palin. She will say anything and do anything to advance herself.

    December 15, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Bunksplace

    Good for the "Terminator"! Palin gets a lot of print and TV media attention because she's become a "The Political Britney Spears"! She's a no-nothing red neck and meat head. President Obama had it right about these kind of people that "cling" to guns and religion, an AK-47 in one hand and a bible in the other. Evangelical radicals are just as scary as Islamic radicals!

    December 15, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  12. German,Irish American

    George Bush-Worst President Ever- Still repeating the debunked lies about Palin I see. What is your explanation for the mass global warming 12,500 years ago that melted the ice sheets that covered most of Canada and the Northern US? Dinosaur flatuation?

    December 15, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  13. Erik

    Hopefully there are more rational, moderate repubs out there that can at least steer their party towards a little sanity.

    However, I guess I would rather see the right-wing divisiveness last a few more election cycles. The Democrats need more time to actually fix some things...

    December 15, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  14. K. Parks

    'gravity – a naturally occurring phenomenon' and mankind can affect that too. Make gravity felt less or more by artificial means. No one I know is stating that global warming/cooling does not happen in cycles naturally. The question is to what degree is mankind speeding up that affect 'UNNATURALLY'

    Humans are relatively newcomers to this planet. The planet is not what needs saving is it human's ability to survive on this planet.

    December 15, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  15. babs reinard

    Oh please-you people who think we need Sarah Pallin after she quit being governor need your heads examined. What in all that is holy could she do when thinks get tough quit again. She does not have the brains you need for the job. We do not need another stupid president.

    December 15, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. Mark Borok

    So climate change is like gravity. If Sarah Palin should ever fall off a cliff, I'm sure it will be reassuring to her in her last moments that gravity is a natural phenomenon.

    December 15, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. Reggie

    Arnold is WRONG on this issue. Nothing else needs to be said.

    December 15, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  18. Peter E

    All of mathematics and engineering is also a fraud because professionals use 'tricks' to solve problems!

    December 15, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. Carla

    The woman is definitely stupid to an extent. However, she's smart and cunning enough to have figured out how to extend her 15 minutes of fame. She is totally self-absorbed and cares for only herself. The environment – who cares? She'll be long gone before anything totally catastrophic happens regarding the planet, so why should she care? She will just exploit it and people for her own personal gains. She is so fake.

    December 15, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  20. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Excuse me? Why is she a 'high profile' republican? She has little political experience and she even quit as governor. The ONLY people making a big deal out of her are the corporate media! She is a loser, a nobody, and a quitter! She should be ignored! I'm fed up with hearing about the random mumblings of a political nobody! Isn't there REAL news to report?

    December 15, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  21. Mary

    Arnold the ONLY thing you need to worry about is your state – IT IS BROKE – and do not expect other states to PAY for your mistakes!!!!


    And Palin is right on her comments!!! Go Sarah!!!!!

    December 15, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  22. Billy Davis

    She can see the lack of climate change from her house.

    December 15, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  23. Byron

    Anything said by Arnold should be taken with a grain of salt. I wouldn't trust anything from a governor of a state so deep in debt. He should stick to bringing California out of the dump instead of TRYING to be relative to what's going around now. Hopefully this clown gets voted out of office soon b/c Californians can't afford this dude.

    December 15, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  24. mary

    Oh please Schwarzenegger - you can't be serious, fallling into Al Gore's follies.......

    December 15, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  25. Louis

    Thank God for Arnold!!!

    December 15, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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