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Arnold Schwarzenegger: King of bodybuilding, movies, politics and media, by Greg Tingle - 8th August 2003


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Ric Flair recently signed a deal to be a spokesperson for the lottery in the Carolinas... The Shelby, NC Star ran a story noting that Ric, David, and Reid Flair are scheduled to appear on Saturday at the Rec Center for a charity show to raise for the Shelby City Parks and Police Department. If he attends this would be Reid's first public appearance since his arrest last weekend.

"This is of course totally the opposite direction to Jesse Ventura's stance on gambling, at least publicly," notes Media Man, Greg Tingle.

Tingle made reference to Ventura's support of an online gambling enterprise,, where he was a paid spokesperson for more than two years. Interestingly enough, the state of Minnesota for which Ventura served as Governor, announced last week it will try to block access to online gambling websites from citizens of that state.

Then there is California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a one time friend of both men, who reportedly would support an initiative in his state to legalize online poker.

In November 2004, an advertisement began airing in California featuring Ventura. In it, Ventura voices his opposition to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's policies regarding Native American casinos, the very casinos that stand in the way of the proposed poker legislation. Schwarzenegger and Ventura have not spoken in years, according to reports.

In September 2005, Ventura announced on The Mike Malloy Show that he was leaving the U.S. and planned to "have an adventure". In late October 2005, he went on the The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch and reiterated that he was leaving the U.S. due to, among other things, censorship. He has since moved to Baja California, Mexico.


Arnold Schwarzenegger: King of bodybuilding, movies, politics and media, by Greg Tingle - 8th August 2003

Following in the footsteps of Ronald Reagan, Jesse "The Body" Ventura and a cast of other charismatic, Hollywood types, Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking on the world of politics, the closely related cousin of media.

Schwarzenegger has been carefully cast by the powers that be, and was endorsed by President George W. Bush himself, to conquer the American political arena, in the role of Californian Governor.

California has created a political circus that will make Florida’s 2000 presidential vote look normal. California, after all, gave us presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, congressman Sonny “I Got You, babe” Bono and mayor Clint Eastwood.

Television stations are broadcasting their campaign images with slogans like, "California's Crazy Recall" or "Craziness in California."

One many ask the question, how much of politics is a tawdry act?

The announcement by Schwarzenegger has caused tremendous debate, and excitement in all kinds of circles - politics, Hollywood, fandom and every other demographic conceivable. Even Oprah!

The vote for governor is in two stages. Californians must first state whether they think Gray Davis should be recalled. If not, they then must choose who should be governor from what may be a potentially huge list of candidates. At present count there have been over 500 applications. Any Californian can stand provided they can collect 65 signatures, pay a fee of $5000, complete pages of paperwork and want the attention.

Detractors of Schwarzenegger say that he is under qualified, and the like, whilst supporters say he is living the American dream, going from an unknown, to world class bodybuilder, iconic movie star, role model, and now, leader for America!

Schwarzenegger knows how to work the media and political machine, with a recent appearance on the Jay Leno Show, and his wife, Marie Shriver being a household name and face of American television. It will be interesting to see how much time NBC devotes to promoting Arnie. Shriver, a member of the Kennedy political dynasty, is set to take a leave of absence from her NBC role. On NBC's Today show, Arnie said, "Leadership means that you set goals for yourself, as I have always done in my life".

On the 7th August, The Late Show with David Letterman even went with a Top 10 Arnold Schwarzenegger Campaign Promises.

Schwarzenegger is of course, still fresh of the set of the highly grossing blockbuster, Terminator 3.

One may wonder what motivates Schwarzenegger. In his campaign appearances so far, he has insisted he is so rich that he cannot be bought and will not be beholden to special interest groups. True lies?

Scores of voters feel that even with fame and money, Arnie is the man for the top job.

The world's press, whilst not all pro Schwarzenegger, are giving him what he wants - a ton of free publicity.

Like it or not, and many don't, Americans can relate (and now vote), for this likable guy.

Get ready for Arnie to terminate the opposition!

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Arnie declares candidacy - The Age

Star reveals finances - The Age

Candidate Arnold could set California wealth record - The Age

Schwarzenegger blowing political opposition away - The Age

ABC Radio Australia - The World Today: Arnold Schwarzenegger runs for Governor of California - 7 August 2003

ABC Radio Australia - AM - George Bush endorses Arnold Schwarzenegger's bid for Governor - 9 August 2003 - Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Warren Buffett Adds Muscle to Schwarzenegger's Campaign - Yahoo! News

Schwarzenegger adds former statesman George Shultz to campaign team - Yahoo! News

Cable TV Networks Pull Schwarzenegger Films - Yahoo! News - Reuters

Bush Says Schwarzenegger Would Be 'Good Governor' - Washington Post

A Land Governed by Film Stars - New York Times

In Full Field, It's All About Schwarzenegger - New York Times

Host of Candidates Poses a Challenge for California Republicans - New York Times

Schwarzenegger Shows Hand to Media - - 20th August 2003

In Marketing, All Things Arnold - New York Times - 25th August 2003

Arnie bulks up the brains trust - The Australian - 22nd August 2003

Actor adds Buffett to campaign - The Sacramento Bee - 14th August 2003

Candidates' finances get a first look - The Sacramento Bee - 10th August

Put Schwarzenegger Under Media Microscope - Los Angeles Times - 8th August 2003

Schwarzenegger out front - The Washington Times - 12th August 2003

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August 6th, 2003


Arnold Schwarzenegger made a special appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Wednesday, August 6 (11:35-12:35 A.M. ET) to officially announce his intentions with regard to the recall election for Governor of California. While an abundance of rumors about whether or not Schwarzenegger will join the historic race for the Governor’s office have been circulating in the past week, viewers finally got an answer from Schwarzenegger himself.

Schwarzenegger, a frequent guest and friend of “The Tonight Show,” most recently appeared on June 26 to promote his return to the big screen in “Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines.”

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