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Schwarzenegger Comes to New York
Aired August 11, 2003 - 19:07 ET
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ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Bodybuilder turned actor turned politician, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was in New York today for the first time since he announced he wants to replace California Governor Gray Davis. No surprise, dozens of TV cameras capture the moment at an appearance at New York City's college, an awards ceremony. CNN's Deborah Feyerick has more now on Schwarzenegger's tour, what he said and did not say.
DEBORAH FEYERICK, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Arnold Schwarzenegger sounding very much the politician.
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER (R), CANDIDATE FOR CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR: Our goal is for the year 2010 to have after school programs available in all the schools, all the public schools in the United States.
FEYERICK: He was so busy rallying the young crowd, he almost forgot he was in New York to hand out an award.
SCHWARZENEGGER: I was just reminded to go to the prize -- why don't you come up here and help me here, on the end?
FEYERICK: It was a long-standing promise to visit the inner city summer camp he co-founded eight years ago, and to award the teen who came up with the program's new name, the After School All-Stars. The cookies and milk crowd sat patiently. Journalists and photographers more restless, hanging on Schwarzenegger's every word, all eager for anything that might shed light on his political views.
SCHWARZENEGGER: Have big dreams. That was my secret.
FEYERICK: The movie star said nothing on how he plans to fix California. Though the Terminator have this warning for the children.
SCHWARZENEGGER: We should say no to violence.
FEYERICK: On his way to lunch with a dozen New York Republican power brokers, CNN asked what he plans to do about his state's shattered economy?
SCHWARZENEGGER: We will let you know.
COOPER: Well, Deborah Feyerick joins us now. Deborah, do we get any closer to actually hearing what Arnold Schwarzenegger's platform is, besides say no to violence.
FEYERICK: No, we didn't. And apparently there is a Web site who has counted that he has killed 500 people in his movies. But to answer your question, we did not get any closer. He describes himself as a social moderate, a fiscal conservative. A source in his campaign tells us that they are going to spend the next week putting together they're team. The question is, he can put together a political platform that is as compelling as his stardom? We don't know where he stands on a number of the issues.
COOPER: All right. We'll keep looking. Deborah Feyerick, thanks very much.
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