From Terminator To President? Schwarzenegger Eyes 2024 Presidential Election

Former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, recently revealed his political dreams and they’re huge. In an interview with Chris Wallace, the action movie star expressed confidence that he would emerge as the victor in the 2024 presidential election. However, his aspirations are hampered by constitutional restrictions.

During the conversation, Wallace raised the issue of constitutional limitations on foreigners running for president. The United States Constitution states that the president must be a natural-born US citizen, preventing Schwarzenegger, who was born in Austria, from being eligible. 

Despite this restriction, Schwarzenegger, who immigrated to the US in 1968 and became a naturalized US citizen in 1983, admitted that he would have definitely thrown his hat into the ring had he met the requirements, with a firm belief that he could secure the presidency.

When specifically asked if he would run for president in 2024, Schwarzenegger responded with enthusiasm, stating, “Absolutely. It’s a no brainer. I see so clearly how I could win that election.” 

His confidence stemmed from his victory in California’s gubernatorial race in both 2003 and 2006. Having served as the 38th governor of the Golden State from 2003 to 2011, Schwarzenegger, who is considered a Republican “too liberal for conservatives,” hinted that he has the necessary qualities to bridge the gap between different political factions and foster unity among Americans.

The Terminator star then went on to discuss his views on the current state of presidential elections. He argued that nowadays, it seems to be “a question about who do you vote against than who do you vote for.”

In addition to discussing his political ambitions, Schwarzenegger shared his thoughts on the possibility of former President Donald Trump’s return to the White House. He reassured Wallace that he is not concerned about Trump becoming president again, as he firmly believes it will not happen. 

While Schwrzenneger might be in for a surprise given Trump’s impressive performance in the polls even with his indictment, the former governor’s perspective is not surprising given his previous statements criticizing Trump. In 2021, he labeled Trump as “a failed leader” and “the worst president ever.”