Though Arnold Schwarzenegger has spent most of this campaign season shilling for cell phone games, the bodybuilder-turned-actor-politician has now indicated that those TV commercials were actually his second choice. His first? A presidential run, if only it were legal.
In a new interview with AdWeek, released Monday, the former governor of California said he would have run for president this year if he’d been born in America. “Because now? This was a very good time to get in the race.”
Instead, the Austrian-born Schwarzenegger has become a vocal opponent of his party’s nominee for president, Donald Trump. The day after leaked hot mic audio exposed Donald Trump bragging about his ability to get away with sexual assault, Schwarzenegger tweeted that this year he will be casting his vote against the Republican candidate for president for the first time since he became a citizen in 1983.
The man once dubbed the Governator also talked to the magazine about his foray into reality television. Ironically, Schwarzenegger will be taking over for Trump on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, which airs January 2. According to AdWeek, “Schwarzenegger, a multimillionaire and proud self-proclaimed capitalist, says he’s looking forward to spreading his gospel of ‘turning one dollar into two,’ and coining a new catchphrase. ‘Hasta la vista, baby,’ is one option, naturally, with losers possibly being shuttled off in a helicopter instead of a limo—making the well-worn but somehow still funny ‘Get to the chopper!’ another possibility.”