Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Republican
3110 Main Street, Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: (310) 664-9002
E-Mail: not available
Website: www.joinarnold.com

Biography

Arnold Schwarzenegger is best known for his action movie-hero roles in numerous films, such as "Conan the Barbarian," "Total Recall" and "Terminator."

The former champion bodybuilder first entered the political arena last year when he successfully sponsored and promoted Proposition 49, the ballot initiative providing millions of dollars to fund before and after-school programs.

Schwarzenegger says Californians are 'overtaxed,' businesses are 'over-regulated,' and the state needs a change. He says he would not raise taxes, and he would make cuts to programs, except education, to balance the state budget.

The 56-year-old Austrian born Schwarzenegger is married to news correspondent and Kennedy relative Maria Shriver. They live with their four children in Brentwood.

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Background

Name: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Party: Republican

Age: 56

Since Arnold Schwarzenegger came to the United States in 1968, he has achieved one goal after another: reigning over the world of bodybuilding, becoming a successful businessman, rocketing to the top of the movie charts and helping children through his work with the Special Olympics, the Inner City Games Foundation, and leading the campaign to pass the After School Education and Safety Act (Proposition 49).

Born in Graz, Austria, Arnold took up weight lifting at the age of 15. At age 20, he surprised the weight lifting world by capturing the title of "Mr. Universe." He went on to receive thirteen championship titles, including Mr. Universe, Mr. Olympia and Mr. World.

Working as a bricklayer to earn a living, Arnold came to understand the world of business and become an entrepreneur. After attaining a business degree from the University of Wisconsin, Arnold began a successful real estate and business career buying property in Santa Monica, California.

However, bodybuilding and business were not Arnold's only career goals, he wanted to be part of the movies. In 1970, he landed a small role in a film titled "Hercules in New York." But it would be the critically acclaimed 1977 film "Pumping Iron" that captured his engaging presence in front of the camera.

Arnold's first big success as a movie actor came as the title role in "Conan the Barbarian." He would go on to become a box office star and action-hero in such movies as "The Terminator," "Predator," "Total Recall," and "True Lies." Arnold also pleased audiences with his comedic abilities in "Twins" and "Kindergarten Cop."

Arnold's most gratifying accomplishments, however, are much more steeped in reality. He has made countless contributions of his time, energy and money to philanthropic organizations around the world. He was named the International Weight Training Coach of the Special Olympics in 1979, and serves as a Global Ambassador to the organization founded by his mother-in-law, Eunice Shriver. He was appointed Chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under the George H. W. Bush Administration from 1990 to 1993, and also served as the Chairman for the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under Governor Pete Wilson.

In 1991, Arnold began a term as Executive Commissioner of the Hollenbeck Youth Center Inner-City Games in Los Angeles. He believed strongly that educating kids, giving them opportunities and encouraging them to set and reach goals was the only way to break the cycle of poverty, despair and untimely death for kids in our inner-cities. Four years later, in collaboration with Hollenbeck's Director Danny Hernandez, Arnold established the National Inner-City Games Foundation and serves as its National Chairman. Arnold wanted to create alternatives to violence, drugs and gangs for children during the critical hours after school. From simple origins in Los Angeles, the foundation now stretches to fifteen cities around the nation reaching more than 250,000 kids in over 400 schools. The latest project of the Inner-City Games Foundation is Arnold's All-Stars, an organization dedicated to providing after-school programs that offer academic, recreational and cultural enrichment programs for every middle school in California to help young people improve in school and in life.

In addition, Arnold authored and backed an after-school initiative - the After School Education and Safety Act of 2002 (Proposition 49), which passed in November 2002. As the initiative's sponsor, author and Chairman, Arnold designed the program to make state grants available to every public middle school in California to create quality after school programs for its kids.

Arnold's efforts have not gone unnoticed. Some of his many acknowledgments include the Simon Wiesenthal Center's "National Leadership Award," the ShoWest "Humanitarian of the Year Award" and the Boys and Girls Town "Father Flanagan Service to Youth Award." In 2002 he received the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award, presented to him by Ali, a longtime friend and sports mentor. He was also recently honored with the Caritas Award for "Spirit of Charity" from St. Johns Hospital with his wife Maria Shriver and with the "Sport For Good Award" at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

His alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, presented him with the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1996. Imadec University in Vienna bestowed an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration for his "Life Achievements" in 2001 and in 2002. Chapman University in Orange County, California presented him with a Doctorate of Humane Letters for his work with Special Olympics as well as Inner City Games.

From his early days as "Mr. Universe" to well-respected child advocate to reigning box office champion he expects the best from himself and inspires the best in others. All the while Arnold puts his family first - as husband of seventeen years to broadcast journalist Maria Shriver and father to their four children.

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When I first came to California 35 years ago, California was a place of dreams. This great state said to the people everywhere: Come here, work hard, play by the rules, and your dreams can come true.

But today, the dream - and the optimism that California represented to this nation and the world - has been shattered. I believe we can restore that optimism and the dreams that were once fulfilled here. Our people are good people - they work hard, they're paying their taxes, they're raising their families, and they're doing everything they can to provide their children with the tools to succeed.

We have everything we need here in California - except leadership.

California government is failing the people. The state government is not providing the leadership necessary to put people first - to put their hopes and dreams ahead of the special interests that have entrenched themselves in Sacramento.

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Rebuild California's Economic Engine
California is headed in the wrong direction. Businesses are leaving the state and taking jobs with them. To stop the flow of jobs from California, I plan to unchain business from over taxation and over regulation. Bringing businesses back to California will provide the jobs people need so we can pay for good schools, safer streets and a cleaner environment.

Restore Fiscally Responsible Government
Government must learn that it cannot spend more than it takes in. During difficult economic times, when government has less money that means taxpayers have less money. Rushing out to raise taxes hurts everyone. As governor, I will reign in reckless spending in Sacramento.

Put Our Children First
We must protect and nurture our children and give them a fair opportunity to succeed. I believe that a strong and prosperous future lies with the children of California. As governor, I will continue to promote opportunities for young people and will work tirelessly to strengthen our educational system.

Reform Government so that the People's Interest comes before Special Interests
I believe Sacramento is too often controlled by special interest groups and the people's business is ignored. I believe this form of government is not true to the ideals of this nation and that it is not fair to the people of California.

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It's disturbing to realize that after taking a close look at California's budget, it's hard to make any sense out of it. My Economic Recovery Council, comprised of the best and brightest among the state's economic and business leaders, recently drew this conclusion.

California's budget has become a patchwork of special interest give-aways draining precious resources from core programs such as education, public safety and health care. There are also hundreds of millions of dollars - if not billions - of documented waste, fraud and abuse in state spending.

Our first order of business is to get California's operating deficit - estimated at between $5 billion and $8 billion - under control. Runaway spending and structural deficiencies fueling this operating deficit are putting us deeper and deeper in debt every day. I will ensure that California government lives within its means - something working families manage to do everyday - and reins in spending to close the operating deficit.

I support a constitutional limit on annual spending increases and an unambiguous constitutional requirement that the state pass a balanced budget, so that California never finds itself in this mess again.

I will also restructure our inherited debt, estimated at between $12 and $20 billion - a very wide range that is itself another indicator of how difficult it has become to understand just what is going on in Sacramento. This includes the unprecedented $10.7 billion deficit bond and other borrowing in the current budget.

The bottom line is to make California competitive again so that businesses and entrepreneurs stay here and create jobs - which will bring new revenues to state and local government. I have formed Economic Recovery Council, and they have already begun work at my direction.

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I believe Governor Davis should be recalled because California government is failing the people. The state government is not providing the leadership necessary to put people first - to put their hopes and dreams ahead of the special interests that have entrenched themselves in Sacramento.

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The day I am sworn in, I will take action to deliver economic recovery in California. I will call a special session of the Legislature to reform our inefficient and costly workers' compensation system. I will order an outside, independent audit of the state budget so we can get a clear picture - uncluttered by politics and special interest influence - of how we can bring spending under control without neglecting our most important obligations. I will repeal the recent car tax increase. And I will send a message to the political class that it will no longer be business as usual.

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Education

Education is my passion and California is not where it should be. Our children are not where they can be. The academic achievement for California students must improve. Parents, teachers, principals, school boards and businesses know this. We have an achievement gap that leaves behind too many of our state's children.

This is unacceptable. I will take aggressive measures to improve our public schools. I guarantee to every Californian:

  • Schools that are safe and clean
  • Classroom instruction based on proven research
  • Quality textbooks for every student
  • Tests that measure student and school progress
  • After-school tutoring and public school choice when schools fail to make progress
  • Increased local control

My goal is to shift more power to local communities and give them more say over their budgets and get more money into the classroom.

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Health Care

Without a doubt, California's health care system is in crisis. Six million Californians-thirty percent of California Latinos-go without insurance. But the "play or pay" proposal in conference committee is not the answer for today. Businesses are already faced with choosing between paying workers comp premiums or shutting their doors. We simply can't afford to add another tax, another mandate on business, not until we get California working again. These proposals will hurt the small employer, those with 20 to 100 employees. If implemented now, not only will we have Californians without health insurance, we will have Californians without jobs.

We do need to find ways to reduce the number of uninsured Californians. We need a system based on an individual and his or her physician. We need to get rid of costly mandates that make health insurance costs prohibitive. We need leadership and innovation. Government may be part of the solution in the future, but with our current financial situation, now is not the time.

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Abortion

I support a woman's right to choose. I support the state's current family planning programs, and as governor, would make no changes to this policy.

I do not support partial birth abortion. I am in favor of parental notification, but I believe there must be a mechanism available where an individual can seek counsel from an outside entity, perhaps the courts.

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Public Safety

I support the death penalty because I believe it is a necessary and effective deterrent to capital crimes.

I support California's Three Strikes law and I believe it should not be modified. It too has proven to be an excellent deterrent to violent crime.

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Gun Control

I am a strong supporter of the second amendment. The U.S. constitution allows for law-abiding citizens to own a firearm.

I also believe that there are responsibilities that gun owners must follow in owning a firearm. I support the current assault weapons ban. I believe that guns must have safety devices or be stored as to prevent accidental discharge.

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Energy

California's energy costs are too high and undermine our competitiveness. Residential customers pay rates 61% higher than in other Western states, and businesses pay 90% above other Western states.

The current administration response to the energy crisis has taken us in the wrong direction. Governor Davis has saddled the state with contracts that cost Californians an extra $2 billion per year for the next ten years while doing nothing to make power more reliable or affordable. In fact, Sacramento is scaring off the private sector investment that we need to ensure power for the state.

As Governor, I will look towards replicating the successful regulatory models in other states to stimulate private investment in electricity generation and transmission while also eliminating incentives for gaming the regulatory system.

I will reform the state's energy laws to require a capacity reserve requirement to make sure that our power needs are met even during peak hours and seasons.

I will reform the state's 13 state agencies and create a uniform energy strategy that stimulates investment and ultimately produces more reliable and more affordable electricity for Californians.

We need to create more capacity for natural gas. Approximately 35% of electricity generation in California comes from gas-fired generators. We need to increase our capacity for natural gas transmission. I also support building facilities for safely importing liquefied natural gas in either the US or Mexican facilities.

I will do more to encourage conservation, including exploring real-time pricing for the largest customers. This will not only protect California against shortages, it will also help reduce the cost of doing business for energy-intensive industries, such as manufacturing.

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Environment

I will be a passionate defender of California's environment, providing real leadership to protect our precious land, air, and water. I believe that part of California's greatness lies in its natural resources and beauty. It is an essential part of the California experience. It is much easier for an employer to attract talent to our Golden State with its majestic coastline, snow-packed mountains and limitless recreational opportunities.

I believe what we do in this state must improve our quality of life, and environmental damage runs counter to that. Even from an economic perspective, our environment must be protected. If we have beaches soiled by oil spills, tourists will not come to this state. If we log our forests irresponsibly, stream beds will be destroyed and our fishing industry will be damaged.

California is identified for its beaches and magnificent coastline more than any other single feature. I am opposed to offshore oil drilling. I will urge the federal government to purchase the remaining offshore oil leases as has been done in Florida.

I will direct the State Water Resources Control Board to fully enforce all laws that protect our state's drinking and recreational waters from pollution. I will immediately take action to restore and protect our waters, beaches, trails, and wildlife.

22 million Californians rely on the San Francisco Bay Delta for the quality of their drinking water. Sacramento's lack of leadership in supporting state and federal cooperation on Delta water management (CAL-FED) has resulted in Congress not funding the CAL-FED program. As Governor, I will urge the Congress to restore CAL-FED funding now.

Using watershed management can better protect our streams, rivers, lakes, and bays. As Governor, I will direct Cal/EPA and the Resources Agency to fully implement their recent agreement to clean up California's watersheds. These watersheds feed Lake Tahoe and Santa Monica Bay that are among California's most precious natural gems.

Breathing clean and healthy air is the right of all Californians, especially our children, whose health suffers disproportionately when our air is polluted. California must be free of federal fuel additive mandates that increase pollution during the summer and affect California's ability to produce cleaner-burning gasoline and diesel at reasonable prices. As governor, I would bring together a coalition of industry leaders, community organizations, government agencies, and state legislators from both parties to work on reducing air pollution.

California's Clean Air Act was the model for the federal Clean Air Act and our state has always led the nation in clean air programs. As governor, I will direct the California Air Resources Board to examine the impact of the federal decision to exempt new sources of industrial air pollution from "new source review" and to propose state regulations to ensure that new facilities do not worsen our air quality.

I believe we can improve our economy without impairing our environment, and will govern by this belief. I am assembling a team of environmental advisors that will elaborate on key issues in the coming weeks.

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Transportation

California has some of the worst roads in the nation. We need a world-class transportation system, including roads, rail, ports and airports, to maintain the quality of life for all Californians and to keep our economy strong. Texas has recently surpassed California as the nation's top exporter and that is merely a taste of what is to come.

The current state budget includes another $856 million in loans of Proposition 42 funds to the state general fund. This brings to nearly $2.5 billion the amount the state government has borrowed from various transportation funds.

As Governor, I will order a top to bottom review of California 's transportation needs and create a multilevel plan to bring our system up to the qualifications Californians deserve. I will seek to implement innovative, market-based means of reducing congestion on California's highways.

As Governor, I will also take steps to allow motorists real choice of cleaner fuels to put in their tank. For example, hydrogen fuel has been acknowledged as the fuel of the future because it is plentiful, non-polluting, and can be produced locally. We can move forward if the refueling infrastructure is available, and I will take specific action to launch a program of "hydrogen highways", using available state funds and in partnership with the private sector, to make hydrogen refueling stations available as new vehicles come to market.

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Promise

"In spite of a national recession, our economy has grown from the 7th largest to the 5th largest in the world."
"But there's more to do - on our schools, our environment, our economy, and on energy."

Highlights

Since he was re-elected, Governor Davis has…

  • Announced an estimated $35 billion budget deficit in December, and a $38 billion deficit in May.
  • Said in his State of the State Address that his 'most immediate priority' is jobs.
  • Tripled the vehicle license fee in June.
  • Signed a 'compromise budget' on Aug. 2nd
  • Appointed President Clinton's budget chief to lead the effort to fix the budget.
  • Signed legislation reforming the state's workers' comp system.

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Promise

"I will do everything humanly possible not to cut one penny from public safety. If we can increase it, we will."

Highlights

Since he was re-elected, Governor Davis has…

  • Proposed an overall increase in prison funding in his budget plans.
  • Vetoed an early-release prison bill.
  • Proposed to preserve funding for local law enforcement programs in his May budget plan.
  • Signed a 'compromise budget' with some cuts to prisons and local law enforcement programs.
  • Signed gun safety legislation in September.

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Promise

"My fellow Californians, together we've increased education funding by 30% -- and student achievements scores are up three years in a row. But there's so much more to do."

Highlights

Since he was re-elected, Governor Davis has…

  • Proposed significant cuts to education in his January budget plan.
  • Approved nearly $2.6 billion in mid-year (2002-2003) cuts to education.
  • Reduced proposed January cuts and protected class-size reduction and accountability programs in his new May budget plan.
  • Signed a 'compromise budget' with cuts to education similar to those proposed in his May budget plan.
  • Announced in September $1.7 billion in bonds to upgrade overcrowded schools.

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Promise

"I believe we must continue protecting our coastline, our air, water."

Highlights

Since he was re-elected, Governor Davis has…

  • Signed a "polluter pays" bill increasing fees for air and water polluters.
  • Announced funding for coastal conservation and parkland improvement.
  • Proposed some reductions to environmental programs in his budget plans.
  • Signed a 'compromise budget' with additional cuts to environmental programs.
  • Signed coastal protection and air pollution bills.
  • Signed the electronic waste recycling bill.

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Promise

“I won’t be completely satisfied until every child in the state of California has access to quality, affordable health care.”

Highlights

Since he was re-elected, Governor Davis has…

  • Proposed to protect children's health care coverage in both budget plans.
  • Requested federal aid to insure more children statewide.
  • Approved cuts to the Healthy Families outreach program.
  • Proposed and approved cuts to Medi-Cal programs.
  • Signed a 'compromise budget': children's health care coverage was protected and proposed cuts to Medi-Cal were reduced.
  • Signed a landmark bill (SB2) that will require many businesses to provide health insurance to their employers.

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Promise

"...No governor ever spent as much money as we spent this year in real dollars, accounting for inflation, on transportation improvements. We will continue to do that for the next two to three years."

Highlights

Since he was re-elected, Governor Davis has…

  • Said in his State of the State Address that he "will direct his agencies to accelerate freeway and public transit projects by one year."
  • Proposed an estimated $1.5 billion in cuts to transportation.
  • Signed a 'compromise budget' with cuts to transportation.

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