Taken from a conversation this morning on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”, in which California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger discussed the recent movement towards a “centrist view” of the Democratic Presidental nominee Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and the hopes that the Republican nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., would do the same.
Aronld Schwarzenegger stated, “In politics out there, they always say, ‘Well, now, I don’t know anymore what he really stands for. He has just changed his mind…'”
Stephanopoulos responded, “Flip-flopper,”
Schwarzenegger ,”‘…and he’s flip-flopping’ and all those kinds of things,” the Republican governor continued. “Let me tell you something. Flip-flopping is getting a bad rap, because I think it is great. Someone has made a mistake. I mean, someone has, for 20 or 30 years, been in the wrong place with his idea and with his ideology and says, ‘You know something? I changed my mind. I am now for this.’ As long as he’s honest or she’s honest, I think that is a wonderful thing. You can change your mind…”
“I have changed my mind on things and there is nothing wrong with it,” Schwarzenegger continued. “But I’d just say to the people, I’d say, ‘Look, I once felt this way. Now I think this way,’ end of story.
Yet another reason I think Schwarzenegger makes such a great “politician”, he just gets it, and has the wherewithal to state it!