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Barack Obama: Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger in cabinet

11 years ago103 views

I think this may end up being less of a problem in the Feb. 5 primary than people may think. Low-information Democrats probably think this sounds like a decent idea.

Keywords: Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, cabinet member, government, Republican, climate change, global warming

ABC's Sunlen Miller Reports: Barack Obama has often said he'd consider putting Repbulicans in his cabinet and even bandied about names like Sens. Dick Lugar and Chuck Hagel. He's a added a new name to the list of possible Republicans cabinet members - Arnold Schwarzenegger [...]

"What (he's) doing on climate change in California is very important and significant. There are things I don't agree with him on, but he's taken leadership on a very difficult issue and we haven't seen that kind of leadership in Washington," Obama said of the California governor.

Honestly, until I see a full transcript, I wouldn't say definitively that Obama actually suggested Arnold for his cabinet. It sounds like, from the story, that he said he'd likely have Republicans in his cabinet (remember, even George Bush had a Democratic Secretary of Transportation, California's own Norman Mineta), and here are a few Republicans he respects.

Of course, Obama doesn't live here, and doesn't see, for example, Schwarzenegger's attempts to slow-walk the global warming law to favor business. Or his irresponsible borrow and spend policies and refusal to address the structural budget problem. Or his desire to bust unions. Or his cuts to care for mentally ill homeless people. Or... well, I could go on.

[UPDATE] by Julia According to the transcript sent to me by the Obama campaign via email, so no link, cant verify, Obama did not directly suggest Arnold as a potential member of his administration, but rather gave his name as a person going good things on the environment. It's on the flip.
David Dayen :: Oh, Obama: Barack Suggests Schwarzenegger For His Cabinet?

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