LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger distanced himself from President George W. Bush on national television on Wednesday, saying he was as far from his fellow Republican as he was from winning an Academy Award during his film career.Yea....well...link this:
"To link me to George Bush is like linking me to an Oscar," the former bodybuilder and Hollywood action star joked during an appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." "That's ridiculous."
Schwarzenegger plans Ohio trip to boost BushPoor Ahnuld...buyer's remorse, perhaps? Why would you turn your back on Bush, Arnold? Why wouldn't you show him the love you showed him in 2004? After all, his grandaddy helped your daddy during World War II, by funding Nazi projects! I think you owe him at least a little debt of gratitude.
Carla Marinucci and John Hubbell, Chronicle Political Writers
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans a high-profile trip to the presidential battleground state of Ohio on the weekend before the Nov. 2 election -- an effort aimed at pumping up GOP voters and leveraging the governor's star power to boost President Bush's chances of success.
Though the governor downplayed the idea Tuesday of campaign appearances for Bush, insiders said plans are under way for a trip the weekend of Oct. 29 -- enabling the former Mr. Olympia to maximize his influence in Ohio, where he has real estate holdings and a following thanks to his annual Columbus-based Arnold Classic bodybuilding competition.
Some political insiders have wondered aloud why the most popular GOP politician in the nation -- who publicly broke ranks with Bush and his party on the issue of stem-cell research this week when he endorsed California's Proposition 71 -- has been noticeably absent from the campaign trail for the Republican president.
Or perhaps you summed up your link to him best yourself:
We are one America, and President Bush is defending it with all his heart and soul.You made your bed, now sleep in it.
That's what I admire most about the president. He's a man of perseverance. He's a man of inner strength. He is a leader who doesn't flinch, who doesn't waiver, and does not back down.
My fellow Americans, make no mistake about it: Terrorism is more insidious than Communism, because it yearns to destroy not just the individual, but the entire international order.
The president did not go into Iraq because the polls told him it was popular. As a matter of fact, the polls said just the opposite. But leadership isn't about polls.
It's about making decisions you think are right and then standing behind those decisions.
That's why America is safer with George W. Bush as president.
He knows you don't reason with terrorists. You defeat them. He knows you can't reason with people blinded by hate. You see, they hate the power of the individual. They hate the progress of women. They hate the religious freedom of others. And they hate the liberating breeze of democracy.
But, ladies and gentlemen, their hate is no match for America's decency.
We are the America that sends out the Peace Corps volunteers to teach our village children. We are the America that sends out the missionaries and doctors to raise up the poor and the sick.
We are the America that gives more than any other country to fight AIDS in Africa and the developing world.
And we are the America that fights not for imperialism, but for human rights and democracy.
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