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Schwarzenegger Shrugs Off Presidential Bid

February 28, 2005

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may have joked about becoming president, but he said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he’s never seriously considered it.

The Austrian-born Schwarzenegger said he is not the reason behind talk of amending the Constitution so immigrants can occupy the White House.

``I don’t think the idea is that all the push is because of me. I mean, I have never thought about running for president, and this is not my vision,″ Schwarzenegger said on ``This Week with George Stephanopoulos.″

Schwarzenegger said when he predicted in 1977 that he would become president, he wasn’t serious: ``You’ve got to have a little bit of sense of humor about all this.″

Several lawmakers have proposed amending the Constitution to let immigrants run for president after being citizens for 20 years. Schwarzenegger, who became a U.S. citizen in 1983, has said he supports such a measure.

A Web site, Amendforarnold.com, promotes the effort with photos of Schwarzenegger. The same people who are sponsoring the Web site have bought ads on California television, hoping to create a groundswell of support.


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