Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) said Thursday that he would “absolutely” help the Biden administration if he was asked to.
Schwarzenegger was participating in an online event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency hosted by the Richard Nixon Foundation with its president Hugh Hewitt.
Hewitt asked Schwarzenegger, “Would you be willing to serve in a Biden administration?”
“Look, my mother-in-law Eunice Kennedy-Shriver, told me a long time ago, ‘Never turn down a president. It doesn’t matter what party he’s from.’ So yes, absolutely I would,” said Schwarzenegger. “And I already made it very clear to the Biden administration that I am not looking for a job or anything like this but that I am more than happy to help any way I can.”
Last year, Schwarzenegger told Howard Stern while appearing on his show that would likely not be voting for President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE despite being a member of the Republican Party. At the time, he indicated tentative support for Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren calls on big banks to follow Capital One in ditching overdraft fees Crypto firm top executives to testify before Congress Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker won't seek reelection MORE (D-Mass.).
Hewitt asked Schwarzenegger if he would consider running for the Senate seat left open when Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisPolitics must accept the reality of multiracial America and disavow racial backlash Symone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Bidens to attend Kennedy Center Honors following Trumps' absence MORE assumes office in January.
The "Terminator" actor said he was not looking to get involved in politics again, sharing that he had already signed up to appear on a television show about “super spies” for the time being.
“So I’m not looking for another political job or anything like that. What I’m looking for basically is just to be helpful,” he said.
The former California governor referred to the Schwarzenegger Institute at the University of Southern California as one way he liked to support causes he was passionate about. He listed issues such as pollution, universal health care and immigration reform as topics he wanted to concentrate on.
He said, “I just want to be a — use my celebrity power to further those kind of issues rather than really furthering anything that has to do with politics … sometimes politics gets in the way of really good policy.”
Hewitt noted that he had not directly said "yes" or "no" at which point Schwarzenegger affirmatively stated that he had no desire to run for any office.
--Updated on Dec. 3 at 6:47 p.m.