California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is confident President Obama will win re-election, he said in a recent interview with German magazine DER SPIEGEL.
"I assume that Obama will get a second term in office," Schwarzenegger said, citing a weak field of potential Republican candidates.
Schwarzenegger added that a Republican House takeover this November could boost Mr. Obama's electoral prospects in 2012.
"Obama can watch this casually, knowing that afterwards he will be in a much better position," he said.
Schwarzenegger, California's outgoing two-term Republican Governor, campaigned for John McCain in the 2008 Presidential election, but the former Hollywood actor has not hesitated to support bipartisan initiatives since Mr. Obama's election - and he has been a rare voice of Republican support in debates over hot-button issues like health care reform and the stimulus package.
He also pointed out years of inaction by Republicans to pass their own legislation on such matters.
The GOP had years to push through their policy initiatives, the governor said, of longtime Republican Congressional majorities. "But what ever happened to the Republican health care reform?"
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