Schwarzenegger says “maybe” to GOP convention
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to help kick off the opening night of the Republican Convention on Sept. 1, but the “governator” says his appearance is contingent on whether a state budget agreement is reached between Republicans and Democrats.
In a press conference Wednesday afternoon where the governor rolled out his budget compromise plan, Schwarzenegger said he “made it very clear” to Arizona Sen. John McCain that he’s “honored” to speak at the convention — but the budget comes first.
“The state of California and the budget is the most important thing,” Schwarzenegger said to reporters. “If I do not have a budget, I cannot speak at the convention.”
California Republicans and Democrats are battling over whether to raise taxes, hampering resolution of the stalemate.
Schwarzenegger urged both sides to “step out of their ideological corners and step in the middle.”
With only a week and a half to go before the convention, McCain better have a substitute for Schwarzenegger handy.
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Photo credit: REUTERS/Fred Prouser. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles on Aug. 15, 2008.