Tuesday, June 30, 2015


  Well, well. It seems that five years after leaving the governor of California's office Arnold Schwarzenegger still has political ambitions. And this time, he tells me, he'd like to be President!

  One small problem is that he wasn't born in the U.S. so that's out of the question. But it doesn't stop him deriding the "crazy stuff" coming from the jumble of candidates vying for the Republican nomination.

  "If I had been born here it would give me great pleasure to jump into that race," he tells me when we talk in a suite at the Four Seasons hotel where he is promoting his new movie Terminator: Genysis.

. "I think I could make the same impact I did during my race as Governor, getting through the crowd very quickly and emerging with sound statements and sound visions instead of the crazy stuff that you hear out there now," he says.

   The 67-year-old bodybuilder, actor and former Governor, who describes himself as being in the centre rather than on the right of the Republican party, reveals: "I have to say that I fell in love with policy and politics and sometimes even today I miss it, especially when I see all of this field of candidates jumping into the race.

   "The Republican party always has a large tent and I don't have to always agree with them but there are some issues that are very important to me, so I will always be a loyal Republican."
   Four years after the sex scandal that ended his marriage and threatened his career and his credibility he has bounced back, more ebullient and happier than ever.

   "I am absolutely delighted with my life," he beamed when we talked in a suite at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.  "We all fall at one time or another and this was a major fall. I had to get up again because only losers stay down and winners get up."

   Divorced from his wife of 25 years Maria Shriver, he is currently dating Heather Milligan, a physical therapist almost 30 years his junior. "It's terrific, she's a wonderful woman," he says. 

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