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Schwarzenegger says Jenner has chance at governorship

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Arnold Schwarzenegger predicts Caitlyn Jenner has just as much a shot at becoming California’s next governor as any other candidate, because “anyone has a chance.”

“I think that the people are dissatisfied with what’s going on here in California, and I hope that as many people as possible are jumping into the race and going for it,” the “Terminator” star and California’s former Republican governor said in a Monday interview on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Jenner, a former Olympian and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star, announced last week that she would run in a recall election aimed at deposing California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). The California secretary of state released data Monday indicating that the recall effort had enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.

“When I was in the recall election, there were 150 candidates there and there was a huge circus,” Schwarzenegger, 73, said.

The Hollywood action movie actor-turned-politician was governor of California from 2003 to 2011.

“It was kind of fun to run for governor at that time. It will be fun this time too for everybody,” Schwarzenegger told Kimmel.

The former bodybuilder offered some advice for the Golden State’s gubernatorial candidates: “The key thing about all of this, it doesn’t matter if it’s Caitlyn or if it’s anyone else if you have a clear vision of where you want to go. What are the kind of changes you want to make? And why are you qualified to become governor?”

“This is what you have to convince the people,” Schwarzenegger said.

Calling himself a friend of Jenner who “has the utmost respect for her,” Schwarzenegger said, “All the other stuff is all nonsense because the press will attack you no matter who you are.”

“They attacked me,” he added, “but then in the end, I won.”

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