Report: Schwarzenegger to stump for Kasich in Ohio

Arnold Schwarzenegger is replacing Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE on "The Apprentice," but joining Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) for an event promoting his GOP presidential campaign, a new report says.

The actor and former governor of California is lending Kasich his celebrity during an appearance next Sunday, according to The Columbus Dispatch.


Kasich and Schwarzenegger are teaming up for that afternoon at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Schwarzenegger is visiting the city for the Arnold Sports Festival, it added, an annual athletic competition bearing his name. The action star has frequently praised Kasich, his longtime friend, without formally endorsing his White House run.

He helped Kasich with a fundraiser in Beverley Hills, Calif., last October, for example, and compared him with his iconic role as “The Terminator” before New Hampshire’s critical GOP presidential primary last month.

The Columbus Dispatch reported on Thursday that Schwarzenegger has donated $2,700 to Kasich, the maximum amount allowed for campaign contributions.

Kasich plans on staying in Columbus next week as results roll in from four Republican voting contests in Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan and Mississippi. The Ohio governor has placed all of his chips on his home state before its own GOP presidential primary on March 15, the publication added.

“I am going to go all-out to win in Ohio,” he said on Thursday during a press conference in Michigan. "I am going to win Michigan, plain and simple.”

Kasich ranks last in voter support among Republican White House hopefuls with about 9 percent, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls. He did not win a single state out of 11 possible voting contests on Super Tuesday earlier this week.

Schwarzenegger, meanwhile, will soon become the host of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” the reality television competition first hosted by Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner.

“If he’s not quick, he’s not going to do well,” Trump said of Schwarzenegger during a campaign rally in Maine on Thursday afternoon, according to The Columbus Dispatch.