ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO
RUN FOR PRESIDENT, HE TELLS "60 MINUTES" SUNDAY
The "Terminator" as president? Arnold Schwarzenegger would like to at least be able to entertain the thought, but the U.S. Constitution prevents foreign-born people from holding America�s highest office. So the Austrian-born governor of California tells Morley Safer that he is in favor of an amendment to change the law so he would be able to run for president. Safer�s interview with Schwarzenegger will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Oct. 31 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
"Yes, absolutely [I would like to be eligible to run for president]," Schwarzenegger tells Safer. "Why not? With my way of thinking, you always shoot for the top," he says.
Schwarzenegger favors an amendment that would make him eligible, but says he�s too busy doing the job he promised to do for California voters to think about becoming president now. "There are so many things I have to do in California and my promise was to straighten out the mess in California," he tells Safer.
So how�s he doing on that score? "Ten being the highest, I would give myself an eight," says Schwarzenegger. "I think I fell short on some of the things. Probably the communication with the legislators."
The California Republican governor called Democratic state legislators his now famous epithet, "girlie men," for not admitting they put special interests ahead of the public good and for balking on his budget. "It drove them nuts, but the interesting thing about it is, the following week, they signed the budget exactly the way it was a week before," says Schwarzenegger.
It�s not the first time Schwarzenegger has appeared on 60 MINUTES. In a humorous moment, Safer shows the one-time Mr. Universe clips from a 1977 60 MINUTES profile featuring the younger, more-muscled weightlifting star of the 1970s. "You have to get me a tape of that," he says.