Sch­warzeneg­ger not ready to en­dorse Trump — or any­one

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

LOS AN­GE­LES—Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger says he isn’t ready to en­dorse Don­ald Trump for pres­i­dent — at least not yet.

“I will make an an­nounce­ment be­fore the elec­tion, you can be sure of that,” Sch­warzeneg­ger said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sun­day. “But I will do it my way, which is al­ways an un­usual way.”

The Repub­li­can former gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia an­nounced his 2003 gu­ber­na­to­rial run on “The Tonight Show.”

Sch­warzeneg­ger, who ear­lier this year cam­paigned for Ohio Gov. John Ka­sich, said he plans to “study the var­i­ous dif­fer­ent can­di­dates, what they rep­re­sent, all of them” be­fore mak­ing his en­dorse­ment.

But Sch­warzeneg­ger also care­fully avoided crit­i­ciz­ing the soon-to-be Repub­li­can nom­i­nee, whom he will re­place as host of “Celebrity Ap­pren­tice.”

“I think it is im­por­tant that we go and bring both of the par­ties to­gether,” he said. “The more we go to the left, the more we go to the right, I be­lieve of what Pres­i­dent Eisen­hower said, ‘Pol­i­tics is like the road. The left and the right rep­re­sents the gut­ter, and the mid­dle is driv­able.”

The 68-year-old body­builder turned ac­tor turned two-term gov­er­nor said he doesn’t think about the sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween his un­likely po­lit­i­cal rise and the one Trump is cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

“I don’t re­ally study that much of what is the dif­fer­ence,” Sch­warzeneg­ger said.

While stump­ing for Ka­sich in Fe­bru­ary, Sch­warzeneg­ger com­pared the Ohio gov­er­nor to his most fa­mous role.

“This is you,” Sch­warzeneg­ger said. “You are the Ter­mi­na­tor.”

Mean­while, Ver­mont Sen. Bernie San­ders — whom Trump is re­fus­ing to de­bate — is forg­ing ahead in the Demo­cratic race against Hil­lary Clin­ton with the Cal­i­for­nia pri­mary and its 475 del­e­gates just 10 days away.

“Ob­vi­ously, if we don’t do well in Cal­i­for­nia, it will make our path much, much harder,” San­ders said on “Meet the Press.” “Cal­i­for­nia is the big en­chi­lada.”

San­ders was asked if he would con­sider be­ing Clin­ton’s run­ning mate.

“Well, right now, here we are in Cal­i­for­nia,” San­ders said. “I’m knock­ing my brains out to win the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion.”

He added: “That’s where I am right now. What hap­pens af­ter­wards, we will see. But right now, my fo­cus is on win­ning the nom­i­na­tion.”—Agen­cies

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