“You have to do everything possible to win no matter what.”
“I was born to be a leader. I love the fact that millions of people look up to me.”
His opponents say they don`t know where he stands on the issues, but a group of tongue-in-cheek admirers have mined Arnold Schwarzenegger`s past comments for hints about his beliefs and on Monday posted as an impromptu voters guide for the October 7 recall election.
Welovearnold.com is the latest creation by the founders of a hugely popular Web site that paid homage to the dicta of Mohammed Saeed al-Sahef, the Iraqi minister who famously declared as U.S. troops took over the city: “I triple guarantee you, there are no Americans in Baghdad.”
Instead of finding gallows humour — as in the U.S.-led war against Iraq — the site pumps up laughs from another conflict: California`s October 7 recall ballot. That election pits Schwarzenegger against political columnist Arianna Huffington, former child star Gary Coleman and 132 others hoping to unseat Gov. Gray Davis.
“We thought that there was no way the year`s news could throw up anything quite as surreal as our Information Minister — well, we reckoned without the Golden State,” Kieran Mulvaney, co-founder of welovetheiraqiinformationminister.com, said. “Leave it to California to give us an election, and a candidate, almost as quote-worthy and deserving of irreverence.”
Schwarzenegger has made a handful of public appearances since declaring his surprise candidacy for governor on “The Tonight Show” on August 6, leading his opponents to accuse him of ducking serious issues facing the debt-ridden state.
But the Web site`s creators found that Schwarzenegger`s politics can be gleaned not only from his brief campaign stops but from past interviews and his breakthrough appearance in the 1976 documentary film, “Pumping Iron.”
On his political independence, the actor said in the film: “I was always dreaming about very powerful people, dictators and things like that. I was always impressed by people who could be remembered for hundreds of years or like Jesus for thousands of years.”
And asked in a recent appearance about his views on the environment, he said: “Don`t worry about that.”
On gay marriage, Arnold was once quoted as saying: “I don`t want to get into that right now.”
On the status of women, he allegedly had this to say: “When you see a blonde with great tits and a great ass, you say to yourself, `Hey, she must be stupid or must have nothing else to offer`, which maybe is the case many times. But then again there is the one that is as smart as her breasts look, great as her face looks … so people are shocked.”
Mulvaney, a British expatriate living in Alaska, said he and his partners in the Iraqi minister site stumbled onto the trove of bon mots after deciding to launch the new site last week: “Once again, we don`t write any of the material — it just falls into our laps,” Mulvaney said. “One of the beautiful things about Arnold is there are so many statements going back 25 years and beyond.”
Arnold`s political team may still be working on position papers, but the Web site team has already settled on a campaign slogan: “Pro-Kids, Pro-Jobs, Pro-Hope, Anti-Bad Stuff.”