Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) said Friday he was not planning a constitutional challenge that would allow him to run for president in 2016.

"Appreciate all the comments, but no plans to lobby to change the constitution," Schwarzenegger tweeted Friday afternoon. 

The Austrian-born actor-turned-politician was responding to a New York Post report that he might launch a legal challenge to the section of the Constitution barring foreign-born citizens from becoming commander in chief. 

Schwarzenegger became a U.S. citizen in 1983. 

Amendments to the Constitution must pass the House and Senate by a two-third majority and be ratified by three-fourths of the states. But the Post reported Schwarzenegger might attempt another route. 


“Schwarzenegger has been talking openly about working on getting the constitutional rules changed so he can run for president in 2016. He is ready to file legal paperwork to challenge the rules,” a source told the Post

The report notes in a 2010 appearance on “The Tonight Show,” host Jay Leno asked him if he’d run if the law was changed. 

“Without any doubt,” Schwarzenegger said.   

In 2003, he replaced former Gov. Gray Davis in a recall election and served as governor of California until 2011.

He finished his term that year and has largely been absent from politics ever since. His ex-wife Maria Shriver divorced him after revelations surfaced about an extramarital affair. Shriver’s uncle was the late President John F. Kennedy. 

For now, the actor is working on a new film with Sylvester Stallone called “Escape Plan.” 

This story was originally posted at 10:46 a.m. and has been updated.