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. Gail

    A comment from a man who has a brain and cares, we need more folks to speak out about this anomally that is the Wicked Witch from Wasilla. Don't worry you intellegent Republicans, she will run on a whole new ticket, you know her silent motto is probably Divide and Conquer, without a whim of the consequenses.

    December 15, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. Dave

    Schwarzenegger needs to worry about his own state that is bankrupt!

    What is his motivation for slamming Palin? Playing to the Left that dominates the bankrupt over regulated California?

    December 15, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  3. Ra

    Keep up the publicity people, Sarah and Arnold are loving it they are laughing all the way to the bank

    December 15, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. Sterling

    Now, now, I'm sure Ms. Palin has all the very best data... that the oil companies would provide her. I certainly don't agree with everything Governor Schwarzenegger has done or proposed, but I'm glad at least one Republican governor is willing to concede the possibility that PEOPLE WHO HAVE SPENT THEIR ENTIRE PROFESSIONAL LIVES STUDYING THE SUBJECT EXHAUSTIVELY might have a better handle on what's going on. Our current warming trend doesn't fit on any kind of "natural" scale, people... Provide an explanation or leave the table, the adults are talking.

    December 15, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. Francis, Maui

    Same question I had in mind. What does she want to accomplish? Wonder why she wants to be in the spot light and why all these networks keep bringing her up. Wonder what these networks also want to accomplish? Don't need a nimble mined woman making all these remarks.

    December 15, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. Dr. Mary Pat Jordan

    Republicans need to go with a Megyn Kelly/Barbara Mandrell ticket in 2012. Megyn Kelly is hotter than Sarah Palin. Barbara Mandrell can play a mean fiddle. Both know more than Palin does about climate change.

    December 15, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. Pyalie

    Even IF climate change were not linked to human activity, does that give any reason to still pump the planet full of toxins? How idiotic!!

    December 15, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. Tall

    Bias Media and liberl hate mongers. Why did CNN not report that the Governor spoke out against the Senate Health bill, that it will cost 3 Billion to CA and many jobs?

    December 15, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. nick

    Arnold has run his state into the ground with the same kind of policies that Congress and Obama are trying to ram through currently (they have a $20 billion deficit). What a genius

    December 15, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. Brandon

    I actually will miss the Ahnuld, as he was a reasonable person – instead of a politician, and is and was more concerned about getting things done instead of engaging in any idiotic squabbles. California is still in the top ten economies of the world, which is more than we can ever say about Alaska.

    When was the last time we heard about alaskan innovation? When they invented the igloo?

    Anyways, Schwarzenegger can associate himself with any political party, but he has proven for quite a while now that he's above party politics, and will do what's best, instead of the other cookie cutter republicans want him to do.

    December 15, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. Lachman

    Ithink Arnold Schwarzenegger is hundrednper cent right in his comments.

    December 15, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. Rick

    Arnold has no clue at all...He is a big joke who keeps telling the same old tired joke of sleeping with a Democrat. A butt ugly one at that!

    He resents not be able to be President...Go back to pumping iron old man, the one sport you are mentally capable of doing..

    December 15, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. Tall

    Why are their only hate responses and no comments that challenge the validy of this story? More controlled main stream media?

    December 15, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. Andy

    Al Gore has all you simpletons fooled. He is making money off this crap and so are Schwaznegger and all the other "experts". I will listen to real scientists, some are for, some against. But I refuse to be one of the simpleton fools that follow those boobs.

    December 15, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  15. sarah

    And we should take the word of Arnold, the guy running the most in debt state known in the history of time. The guy who is cutting back education funds because he has handled the things SO WELL in his own state...PLEASE PEOPLE GET A CLUE!

    December 15, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  16. Tall

    Why are Liberals so in tollerant? They hate Governor Palin, Why? Because she is pro life, Believes in G-d, anti UN, Anti Big Gov't, lower taxes?

    December 15, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  17. Sergio

    To those who don't see the risk in having deeply religious people in power, Palin is a prime example of the immense danger involved. There is no doubt in her mind that Jesus is going to come back in a few years (these people always think it's gonna be in their lifetimes... funny how that's always the case) and clean up this mess we made, so why should we bother? Faith will trump common sense or scientific evidence 10 times out of 10.

    December 15, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  18. terry f

    Sarah Palin is only doing whatever she has to,to get her name into the media. the woman, like any other politician, is making statements that she hopes will win her votes in the conservative Republican circle. she's pandering to the crowd she hopes will vote her in, in any capcity, into Congress. once there, she's a voice for the dying breed of ultra conservatives that were spawned in the Regan/Bush era's. any power she has is given to her by talk radio, investigative tv reports, or something her family has done. she's yesterday's news if you leave her alone.

    December 15, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  19. Michael Hippenhammer

    When people say that the current warming of the earth is not a result of human behavior have a lot to learn about science. Warming happens over a period of tens of thousands of years in which we go through cycles. NEVER before have we seen carbon levels jump so fast in such a short time. The extra gain in CO2 starts in the 1850's with the start of the industrial revolution and grows exponentially to the present. We are pumping stored carbon buried for millions of years and burning it and it ends up in the atmosphere. We are burning the equivalent of the volume of lakes every year that does not go back into the ground. To deny these facts goes beyond stupidity it is pure 100% lies!!

    December 15, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  20. dee

    Sara, before we get to the imminent issue of global warming, could you explain the Bush doctrine is and whether you agree with it? I haven't heard your revised answer yet.

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

    What Has Obama done for this Country? Unemployment went from 7% to 10.5%, The world has less respect and fear of the USA, Kissing up to the dictators of Chavez and the Madman that runs Iran, North Korea. They are all expaning their Nuclear program, faster under Obama?

    December 15, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  22. Gore Leading the Blind

    This board is hilarious. Full of blind sheep ready to follow Al Gore off a cliff. Not smart enought to realize your hypocrite "global savior" is using you to get rich. If man-made global warming is real, he and his cronies just knocked a few thousand years off the life expectancy of Mother Earth with their little business conference in Denmark. Yes, I said business conference. Not unlike one of your so-called "evil corporations" devising a marketing plan to get you to buy their product. LMAO.

    December 15, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  23. Bill from GA

    Who'd of ever thought that HE was the smart one of the Repubs??

    December 15, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  24. Carramea

    No Just a MOM. He recognizes like the majority of non right wingers that she is not fit to preach about anything,. Of course she debunks climate change. She was able to give Alaskans thousands a year because of big oil. I work in an office of 75 people. One person thinks she is qualified for anything more than sprouting her mouth off. GO educate yourself

    December 15, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  25. Tall

    Obama is not a Capitalist, Gov't healthcare and trade & Cap will destroy this country. When does a Polar Bear come before our great Citizens?

    December 15, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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