September 2, 2004


Prime-Time Hero Schwarzenegger May Take Act on Road -- to Ohio: Pumped up from his convention speech, the governor might stump for Bush in the key state. (Joe Mathews, September 2, 2004, LA Times)

With his speech endorsing President Bush a hit among Republicans at their national convention, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may take his message on the road this fall to a key electoral state: Ohio.

The governor's chief of staff, Patricia Clarey, said late Tuesday that she had discussed the possibility of an appearance there with Bush campaign strategist Karl Rove and campaign manager Ken Mehlman. She said a decision on an appearance was not final and would depend on the governor's schedule and the president's political needs at the time.

"It's definitely on the table," Clarey said.

The move would be a departure from Schwarzenegger's reluctance until now to campaign for Bush outside California. It would put Schwarzenegger in a state in which he has long-standing business and personal ties — specifically to Columbus, a political bellwether. No Republican has won the presidency without Ohio.

Those "moderates" sure don't ssem like such reluctant warriors after all, do they? The big test for Mr. Schwarzenegger though is knocking off Barbara Boxer.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 2, 2004 8:55 AM

Arnold in Ohio campaigning for Bush. Joe Lockhart can save Kerry.....

Posted by: AML at September 2, 2004 9:01 AM

Good news that Arnold will more actively campaign for Bush. But I thought Ohio was moving toward Bush so maybe another state like PA would be better. And agree with OJ - if Arnold can help knock off Boxer and make CA competitive for Bush it would help a great deal.

Posted by: AWW at September 2, 2004 9:10 AM

The thing that was hurting Bush in swing states was the apparent Southern, religious right tone to the Bush presidency. You can't get much further away from that than Arnold, Rudy and McCain, and they are all working to get him elected.

Meanwhile, Democratic moderates with a long history of electoral success are fleeing Kerry and endorsing Bush, people like Koch, Miller, the mayors of Youngstown Ohio, and StPaul Minnesota.

So who is the polarizer?

Posted by: Bart at September 2, 2004 9:42 AM


Bush is. It's just that 60% are on his pole and only 40% on the seciular Left's.

Posted by: oj at September 2, 2004 10:07 AM

Arnold's not going to campaign for Bush in an attempt to help him win. He's going to campaign for him because he knows that Bush is going to win, and he wants in on that action. The man is a genius, after all.

Posted by: brian at September 2, 2004 5:54 PM