Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • Aired:  10/01/12
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As governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger could not defeat the politics of welfare reform like he defeated the Predator. (7:02)

>> Jon: MY GUESTS TONIGHT, ACTOR, FORMER GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA, HIS NEW MEMOIRS IS CALLED "TOTAL RECALL", MY

UNBELIEVABLE TRUE LIFE STORY, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER!

>> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: YOU ARE LOOKING GOOD, WHAT DO YOU BENCH, 150? 160?

>> A LITTLE HIGHER.

>> Jon: A LITTLE HIGHER?

>> EXACTLY.

>> Jon:.

>> I STOPPED BENCHING IN HIGH SCHOOL SO I AM NOT SURE WHAT IT IS.

"TOTAL RECALL", SO, LISTEN, SO YOU OBVIOUSLY, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TO GET THE ELEPHANT OUT OF THE ROOM, OBVIOUSLY WHAT EVERYBODY

IS THINKING ABOUT WHEN THEY LOOK AT THIS IS WHAT WERE YOU THINKING WITH JINGLE ALL THE WAY? WHY WRITE THE BOOK NOW

WHEN YOU, WHEN YOU GO ON THE SHOW, THEY ARE JUST GOING TO DREDGE UP ALL OF THIS TERRIBLE STUFF.

WHY NOT WAIT UNTIL THE COPS, THE HEAT, EVERYTHING COOLS OFF? WHY DO IT NOW?

>> WELL, I NEVER WAS THE KIND OF PERSON THAT RUNS AWAY FROM THE PROBLEM, SO I RUN TOWARDS IT,

AND THE THING IS, THIS IS A MISTAKE THAT I MADE, I FEEL EMBARRASSED ABOUT IT AND ASHAMED OF IT, I HEARD A LOT OF PEOPLE,

AND I WANTED IT TO BE A PART OF THE BOOK BECAUSE MY BOOK IS ALL ABOUT A GREAT IMMIGRANT STORY AND WITH ALL OF THE SUCCESSES

AND ALSO ALL MY FAILURES AND THE MISTAKES I HAVE MADE.

>> Jon: SO IT IS SHAKESPEAREAN TO SOME EXTENT.

>> IT IS THE WHOLE PACKAGE, IS WHAT IT IS.

SO, YOU KNOW, THOSE QUESTIONS WILL COME UP NO MATTER WHAT, IF THEY COME UP NOW OR COME UP IN THE NEXT MOVIE, YOU CAN'T RUN

AWAY FROM THOSE KIND OF THINGS.

IT IS MUCH BETTER TO JUST TALK ABOUT IT, PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT IT, IT IS IN THE BOOK, I WRITE ABOUT THE

WHOLE THING AND ALSO I GO OUT AND DO INTERVIEWS AND DEAL WITH IT AND LET THE QUESTIONS COME UP.

>> Jon: DID ANYBODY EVER SAY, LIKE DON'T DO THIS, DUDE, DON'T, DON'T, DON'T.

>> I THINK THAT MY KIDS HAVE A HARD TIME WITH IT.

>> Jon: SURE.

>> LOOK, THIS WAS VERY TOUGH ON MARIA.

>> Jon: SURE.

>> THIS WAS VERY TOUGH ON MY CHILDREN, IT WAS VERY TOUGH ON SOME OF MY FRIENDS AND EVERYTHING LIKE THAT, I

DISAPPOINTED AWE ALL OF THEM.

>> Jon: IT IS FEW ON ME RIGHT NOW.

I DON'T LIKE THIS.

>> THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE IT.

>> Jon: I AM UNCOMFORTABLE.

I DON'T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT EITHER.

STOP.

>> COULDN'T YOU JUST GO TO THE FUTURE AND THEN COME BACK AND KILL THAT ARNOLD? AND THEN THERE COULD BE SOME -- THERE HAS

TO BE SOMETHING YOU COULD DO.

>> I WAS TRYING TO FIGURE THAT OUT, BUT IT DIDN'T COME UP WITH THAT SOLUTION.

>> Jon: SO YOU COME OUT WITH THIS AND YOU STARTLES A THINK TANK.

>> RIGHT.

>> Jon: AT USC.

WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE THINK TANK?

>> THE USC SCHWARZENEGGER, BASICALLY THINK TANK.

>> Jon: YOU HAVE TO DO BETTER THAN THAT.

>> THE SCHWARZENEGGER THINK TANK?

>> THE INSTITUTE OF STATE AND GLOBAL POLICY THAT WE DEAL WITH ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, ECONOMIC ISSUES, HEALTHCARE ISSUES, AND

ESPECIALLY STUDYING OF HOW DO WE BRING BOTH OF THE PARTIES TOGETHER SO THEY CAN MAKE DECISIONS.

RATHER THAN WHAT IS GOING ON IN WASHINGTON RIGHT NOW WHERE THEY ARE ALWAYS FIGHTING ABOUT WHO IS RIGHT AND WHO IS WRONG, POINTING

FINGERS AT EACH OTHER AND NOTHING GETS DONE.

>> Jon: SO YOU ESTABLISH A PLACE WHERE PERHAPS THEY COULD COOPERATE AND, IF YOU THINK IT IS POSSIBLE.

>> HOW DO WE GET FUTURE LEADERS TO LEARN ABOUT THAT? BECAUSE SO MANY TIMES YOU LEARN THINGS AT

UNIVERSITIES AND HOW TO CRAFT POLICY AND HOW TO REALLY SOLVE A PROBLEM, BUT THEN THE NEXT STEP IS HOW DO YOU GET IT REALLY

DONE, WHEN POLITICS GETS INBETWEEN, AND I SAW THIS FIRSTHAND WHEN I WAS IN SACRAMENTO, THERE WERE A LOT OF

GOOD IDEAS PUT ON THE TABLE AND WE HAD GREAT IDEAS BUT QUESTION CAN'T ALWAYS GET IT DONE BECAUSE OF THE FIGHTING THAT IS GOING ON

AND THE POLITICS.

>> Jon: THE WHOLE IDEA, HOW DIFFICULT IS IT FOR YOU, YOU HAVE GOT THE ENTIRE LEGEND OF ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, THE BODY

BUILDER, THE ACTION STAR, AND YOU GET IN AND YOU CAN BE STOPPEDABLE -- IN THE OLD DAYS I REMEMBER, WHO WAS IT, PREDATOR

COULDN'T STOP YOU.

BUT NOW YOU ARE IN CALIFORNIA AND SOME GUY FROM SACRAMENTO, A DEMOCRATIC STATE SENATOR IS LIKE -- DON'T YOU -- WASN'T THAT MANY

SOME WAYS A RUDE AWAKE MING TO SOMEONE WHO WAS A HOLLYWOOD LEGEND ACCUSTOMED TO EVERYTHING COMING HIS WAY?

>> WELL, THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT WE WERE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH A LOT BY BRINGING BOTH OF THE PARTIES

TOGETHER, I MEAN, REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE IN CALIFORNIA STEM CELL RESEARCH, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, MORE THAN ANY OTHER STATE OR

COUNTRY PUT ASIDE FOR SPECIFIC RESEARCH AND STARTED REBUILDING THE CALIFORNIA INFRASTRUCTURE, THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS

GOT TOGETHER AND GOT IT APPROVED AND PUT IT ON THE BALLOT, THE PEOPLE APPROVED IT, $42 BILLION SO A LOT OF THINGS LIKE THAT,

REBUILDING OUR PRISONS AND ALSO ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRESS, REDUCING OUR GREENHOUSE GAS, 25 PERCENT, ALL OF THIS STUFF WAS DONE BUT

THERE WERE OTHER THINGS THAT WERE MUCH MORE DIFFICULT AND IT WAS A REAL EYEOPENER LIKE YOU SAID, WHEN I SAT THERE AND SAID

LOOK, WE HAVE TO CUT DOWN THE SPENDING BY $5 BILLION AND THEY SAID, HELL NO, WE WILL CONTINUE SPENDING BECAUSE THE PEOPLE

IMMEDIATE TOES PROGRAMS AND THOSE SERVICES, WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE WELFARE REFORM AND NOT DO THIS OR THAT, SO I WAS

RUNNING UP AGAINST THE WALL.

>> Jon: CALIFORNIA IS A VERY INTERESTING STATE BECAUSE THEY HAVE MADE IT VERY DIFFICULT TO RAISE PROPERTY TAXES.

THEY ARE SORT OF THIS STRANGE DIRECT WHERE THEY CAN PUT THINGS ON REFERENDUM WHERE YOU CAN'T RAISE TAXES BUT THE PEOPLE CAN

ALSO VOTE ON WHAT THEY WANT.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Jon: SO IT IS THE PERFECT SYMBOL FOR THE DIFFICULTIES WE HAVE IN THE COUNTRY OF GETTING THE SERVICES WE WANT WHILE

CONVINCING PEOPLE THAT THEY DO HAVE TO BAY FOR IT.

>> YES.

YOU HAVE THAT ROB, BUT YOU ALSO HAVE THE OTHER PROBLEM, WHICH IS THAT MISTAKES WERE MADE, NOT ONLY IN CALIFORNIA BUT ALL OVER

THE UNITED STATES, WHEN IT COMES TO PENSIONS.

WE HAVE IN CALIFORNIA NOW FOR INSTANCE $400 BILLION OF UNFUNDED LIABILITY, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WAS DONE BY THE

LEGISLATURE, NOT BY THE PEOPLE, SO THERE IS A HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT IS BEING GOING OUT, AND NOW IT IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR

PROGRAMS FOR THE PEOPLE, JUST BECAUSE IT IS FOR RETIRED PEOPLE AND KIND OF LIKE YOU ARE LIVING IN THE PAST, YOU ARE TAKING CARE

OF THINGS IN THE PAST RATHER THAN LOOK TO LOOKING TO THE FUTURE AND BUILDING SCHOOLS AND ROADS AND UNIVERSITIES AND LESS

STUDY --

>> Jon: I KEEP COMING BACK TO THIS IDEA, IF ONLY SOMEBODY COULD COME BACK FROM THE FUTURE.

DO YOU HAVE A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO STICK AROUND?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> Jon: ALL RIGHT.

"TOTAL RECALL" IS ON THE BOOKSHELVES NOW, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK.

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