Friday, October 1, 1999 Published at 10:45 GMT 11:45 UK
Schwarzenegger eyes governor job
Arnold Schwarzenegger at George Bush senior's 75th birthday party
Tough guy actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is thinking of standing for election as governor of California - following in the footsteps of Ronald Reagan.
The Austrian-born star of the Terminator movies, a well-known supporter of the Republican party, told the November edition of Talk magazine that he considered himself a "compassionate conservative" in the mould of George W Bush, the party's leading presidential candidate.
The release of the interview comes as speculation mounts over whether fellow actor Warren Beatty will run for the Democratic nomination.
He said: "The possibility is there because I feel it inside. I feel there are a lot of people standing still and not doing enough. And there's a vacuum."
Schwarzenegger also said the Republicans needed to become more inclusive and show they "love the foreigner that comes in with no money as much as the gay person, as a lesbian, someone from the inner city."
He added California "has had governors that were not totally aligned with their party", and admitted he had "inhaled, exhaled everything".
If he does stand, he will be following the example of Ronald Reagan who quit the movie industry in 1964 and became California governor two years later. He won the presidential election on the Republican ticket in 1980, after twice unsuccessfully standing for the Republican nomination.
Schwarzenegger backed Reagan while he was in office, and George Bush named him chairman of a council on physical fitness in 1989.
Ironically, his family connections are with the Democrats. His wife Maria Shriver is a niece of John F Kennedy.
On Wednesday, Warren Beatty tore into both Republicans and Democrats in a speech in Beverly Hills, accusing them of being part of a "slow-motion coup d'etat of big money interests over the public interest".
He did not confirm or deny that he would attempt to run for president - but the 150-strong crowd of journalists dwarfed the attendance at any speech this year of the leading candidates from either party.
Last year Beatty - as well known for his love life as for his film career - won acclaim for playing a corrupt senator in the film Bulworth.
Actress Cybill Shepherd has also said she is thinking of running for president on an abortion rights platform.
Talk show host Jerry Springer - feted in the UK as well as the US for his controversial programmes - said in August he was considering running for the US Senate.
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