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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Report: Schwarzenegger Considering Presidential Run

Report: Schwarzenegger Considering Presidential Run

Is former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) eyeing the White House in 2016?

The New York Post reported on Friday that the actor-turned-politician-turned-actor has been openly discussing a potential run for president. But Schwarzenegger faces one major obstacle: the U.S. Constitution.

Schwarzenegger was born in Austria, and became a U.S. citizen in 1983. For any other elected office, U.S. citizenship would suffice. But Article II, Section One of the U.S. Constitution clearly states that only natural-born citizens are eligible to become president.

According to the Post’s source, “Schwarzenegger has been talking openly about working on getting the Constitutional rules changed so he can run for president in 2016. He is ready to file legal paperwork to challenge the rules.”

“The law is very clear,” Columbia University Law School Professor Michael Dorf told The Post, “but it’s not 100 percent clear that the courts would enforce that law rather than leave it to the political process.”

If Schwarzenegger is in fact lobbying to change the law that would prevent him from running, it would require congressional approval. Both the House and the Senate would have to approve the Constitutional amendment by a two-thirds majority.

While Republicans have eagerly questioned Barack Obama’s eligibility to serve as president due to their enduring certainty that he was born in Kenya, they are less skeptical of their fellow GOP members, even those who were undoubtedly not born in the U.S. In 2004, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced a Constitutional amendment that would allow Schwarzenegger to run.

Of course, it’s possible that Schwarzenegger is less interested in a presidential run than in a bit of free publicity. Schwarzenegger has recently been busy promoting his new movie, Escape Plan, which hit theaters on Friday.

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  • Budjob

    Just what the good old USA needs.Another republican grade-B movie actor.No thanks,King Ronald the Rat was enough for me!

    • Independent1

      Guess he wants to follow in Ronnie’s footsteps – they both virtually tripled California’s debt during their terms in office. Maybe Arnold wants to try and do Ronnie one better – by spending money even faster than Ronnie did (which would be accomplishing something) so he can quadruple America’s debt while in office instead of just tripling it like Ronnie did. (Seems kind of strange wanting to follow in the footsteps of America’s worst president ever.)

  • Lynda Groom

    This has to be total nonsense. Even that tolt understands that he was not born in America or that he came from an American vigina.

    • Independent1

      Although many Republicans have never stopped railing falsely about Obama not being a natural born American, they have no problem thinking that it would be okay FOR THEM to somehow skirt around the rules. It seems like lying, distorting the truth, cheating in anyway you can, has become the normal ‘modis operandi’ for the majority of today’s Republicans.

      • angryspittle


  • Shows you how desperate they’re going to be by 2016. Desperate enough already that rewriting the rules of the Constitution is sounding more plausible to them than any of their current prospects getting elected.

  • karen_green

    Please save me from even having to think about it. It was bad enough having to live under his governorship.

  • Gerard Strommer

    no way Ahhhhhnuld gets to be the first to run. I say that to say this: the time is right for that provision in the second article to fall under some close scrutiny. an amendment would not be out of bounds…

  • idamag

    Schwarzenegger was born in Austria, the son of a nazi. He is not eligible to run for president. He was not born to an American. The Constitution says, “Natural born citizen…”

  • Carol Dijkhuyzen

    And where are the crazy birthers?This repubs guy was born in Austria,Europe.

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    This rumor last surfaced when Orrin Hatch (anyone else remember the “logical” Senator from Utah?) floated the idea for a Constitutional Amendment to allow anyone who had been a Naturalized Citizen for at least 20 years, and who met the age requirement, to be eligible to run for President. People started jokingly calling it the “Schwarzenegger Amendment”, and the idea was dropped.