Arnold Schwarzenegger thinks Trump and Biden are ‘both flawed’

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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is not keen on the prospect of a Donald Trump versus Joe Biden rematch during the 2024 presdiential election. He thinks the nation could use “new blood.”

“I’m a big believer in new blood and a new generation. But if that’s what it needs, if that’s what this country needs, to have that kind of a showdown again and to finally find out, you know, that Biden is, you know, the legitimate president, then so be it,” the actor said, according to Axios. “The bottom line is, I think we need to find new leaders. To me they’re both flawed and I just think we’re at a time now where we need someone strong, where we need visionaries, and not people that tinker around with little Mickey Mouse stuff.”

Schwarzenegger is an immigrant to the U.S. who was born in Austria.

“I came over here because it’s a country with a great democracy, it’s a country that is free, it’s the country that has the greatest opportunities and there’s a great political system…Democracy, as they say, it’s not a bystander sport. You have to go in there and participate… We have seen our vulnerabilities in 2020 and we have to kind of make sure that those things don’t happen again,” he said, according to Axios.

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Current Golden State Gov. Gavin Newsom is scheduled to debate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis later this month, and Schwarzenegger said he plans to tune in, according to Politico. “I don’t know what the purpose of it is, but I think it could be interesting,” he said, according to the outlet. “You know, it’s show business. It gives them a platform.”

While DeSantis is currently vying for the GOP presidential nod, Newsom has been backing Biden’s re-election bid. But Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota, who is currently challenging Biden in the Democratic presidential primary, has accused Newsom of “running a shadow campaign.”

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