Arnold Schwarzenegger reportedly wishes he would have been able to run for president this year.
“If I’d been born in America, I would’ve run,” Schwarzenegger, who is ineligible to be US president because he was born in Austria, told Adweek in a new cover interview. “Because now? This was a very good time to get in the race.”
After the leaking of the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape in which Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was heard bragging about groping women, Schwarzenegger announced on Twitter to his nearly 4 million followers that he would not be voting for the real-estate mogul.
“For the first time since I became a citizen in 1983, I will not vote for the Republican candidate for president,” he wrote.
Adweek suggested Schwarzenegger might have been similarly successful as Trump at marketing himself in a presidential race. As California governor, Schwarzenegger was known to use stunts and gimmicks to get people’s attention – something he learned as a young man in the 1960s.
“I realized early on in bodybuilding that you have to be able to sell yourself, your ideas, your position to the public,” he said. “You have to set yourself apart, whether it’s policy or movies. How do you make them remember you?”
Fiscally conservative and socially liberal, Schwarzenegger would certainly have rocked the boat if he were allowed to run in this race.
“I didn’t love politics, but I love policy,” he said.