He was once famous for saying “I’ll be back” and he might very well be.
The United States Constitution forbids foreign born citizens for running for president, but many have attempted to challenge the law. According to the New York Post, former governor of California and action movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger will attempt to challenge the law and run for president in 2016. The news broke while Schwarzenegger was promoting his new film “Escape Plan,” in New York City, also costarring another veteran action star, Sylvester Stallone.
The 66 year old Schwarzenegger was born in Austria and became a United States citizen in 1983. The former Republican governor of California was elected in 2003 during a recall election and won reelection 2006, holding the office until 2011. Sources note that Schwarzenegger will file paperwork in an attempt to challenge the Constitution so he can be on the ballot in 2016.
“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.””
Schwarzenegger appeared on the “Tonight Show” in 2010 and told host Jay Leno that if the law was changed, he would seriously consider a run for the nation’s top office. In order to have the law changed, it would have to be approved by two-thirds in the House and Senate and be ratified by 38 of the country’s 50 states.
If Schwarzenegger was able to successfully challenge the law, he would in an interesting position. For the last five years that President Obama has been in office, he has faced tremendous scrutiny from the far right who, despite overwhelming evidence against their position, believe that he was born in Kenya or another foreign country. Schwarzenegger was popular during his early time as governor, but in his final months in office his approval rating had dropped to the mid-20s, nearly matching the former governor Gray Davis who Schwarzenegger replaced in 2003.
If Arnold Schwarzenegger happens to change the U.S. Constitution, he would still have an uphill battle to climb. Before returning to film, Schwarzenegger was on the front page of the entertainment headlines when it was revealed that he had fathered a baby with his former housekeeper and eventually split from his longtime wife, Maria Shiver.