WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Asked about Caitlyn Jenner’s plans to run for California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger said that his fellow Republican has a chance.
- The state and current Governor Gavin Newsom is facing a recall election in the fall, which could attract over a hundred candidates.
- Actor and former state governor Schwarzenegger added that anyone has a chance given the current dissatisfaction in California.
The former California governor was asked to comment on his fellow Republican’s recent announcement of her plans to run for governor during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday.
Schwarzenegger responded, “Anyone has a chance because I think the people are dissatisfied with what is going on here in California.”
“I hope as many people as possible are jumping into the race,” he added, saying that there were 150 candidates when he ran for governor during the 2003 recall election.
The actor estimated that there might be at least 100 candidates this time.
Schwarzenegger advised hopefuls: “The key thing about all this is — it doesn’t matter if it’s Caitlyn or if it’s anyone else — to have a clear vision of where you want to go, what are the kind of changes you want to make and why are you qualified to become governor.”
“I think the thing Caitlyn knows for sure is the changes she wants to make,” Kimmel quipped. “Because she made some real big changes.”
Schwarzenegger said that he is “very good friends” with Jenner and that he has “the utmost respect for her.” He noted, however, that he is “also very good friends with Governor Newsom.”
He added, “I am good friends with other people who have contacted me and asked for advice about running or not running,” but didn’t say if Jenner asked for his advice.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter