Arnold Schwarzenegger, the famous actor and former California governor, expressed his belief that he would win the 2024 presidential election if he were eligible to run. Although he was born and raised in Austria, Schwarzenegger stated that he would absolutely throw his hat in the ring if the Constitution allowed it.
During an interview on Who’s Talking with Chris Wallace, Schwarzenegger discussed his potential candidacy. When asked if he would have run for president if the natural-born citizen requirement didn’t exist, he responded affirmatively, highlighting the open field in 2016 and the current political landscape. Schwarzenegger expressed a desire to be a unifying figure, emphasizing the need for someone who can bring people together.
“Well, yes, of course. I mean, I think the field was wide open in 2016. And I think the field is open right now,” Schwarzenegger, 75, replied. “I mean, think about it right now. I mean, who is there that is really a person that can bring everyone together? Who is there today that people say OK, he’s not too old or he’s not too this or too that and all this stuff, because it’s now a question about who do you vote against than who do you vote for.”
Drawing parallels to his successful run for governor in 2003, Schwarzenegger believed that people were seeking a new answer beyond the traditional right-wing or left-wing ideologies. He expressed confidence in his ability to win the election and emphasized the doability of addressing the nation’s pressing issues by uniting people.
Regarding the topic of Donald Trump potentially winning the next election, Schwarzenegger stated that he was not worried. He acknowledged that the former president is innocent until proven guilty, but if the charges against him are correct, he would face significant trouble. Schwarzenegger further explained that he didn’t believe Trump could secure re-election with a relatively low approval rating and stressed the importance of attracting swing voters and independents.
When Wallace asked why he didn’t think Trump would get reelected, Schwarzenegger replied: “I just don’t think that you get reelected with 30% or 33% of the people voting for you in your polls. I think that’s — those are great poll numbers amongst conservatives. But I think if you put it all together, it’s not enough. You need the swing voters. You need the independents, you need everybody to jump in there in order to win. You have to drag a lot of people over across that line. And so the question is, can he do that? I believe he can’t.”
In summary, Schwarzenegger expressed his readiness to run for president if eligible, emphasizing his belief in his ability to bring people together and address critical issues. He also shared his thoughts on the chances of Donald Trump winning re-election based on current circumstances.
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