Schwarzenegger says Obama's stimulus created jobs

WASHINGTON Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:20am EST

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger gestures as he speaks during an appearance on ABC's This Week in Washington, February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Fred Watkins/This Week/Handout

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger gestures as he speaks during an appearance on ABC's This Week in Washington, February 21, 2010.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Arnold Schwarzenegger, California's Republican governor, defended Democratic President Barack Obama's stimulus plan on Sunday, saying 150,000 new jobs were created in his state thanks to the legislation.

At a conservative gathering in Washington this week, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney blasted the $787 billion stimulus bill and asserted it did not create any new jobs.

The California governor, asked about the comments on the ABC news program "This Week," said many Republican politicians were railing against the program while seeking stimulus funds for their own districts.

"You have a lot of the Republicans running around and pushing back on the stimulus money and saying this doesn't create any new jobs," Schwarzenegger said.

"Then they go out and they do the photo ops and they are posing with the big check and they say 'Isn't this great?'"

The Obama administration says the stimulus has saved or created as many as 2 million jobs. Private economists widely agree that it staved off a far deeper economic contraction.

State governors are in Washington this week for their annual gathering and will meet Obama on Monday as both parties gear up for congressional elections in November.

"It's kind of politics," Schwarzenegger said of the claims by Republicans that no jobs flowed from the stimulus program.

He said teaching and infrastructure-related jobs were among those created in California.

(Editing by John O'Callaghan)

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Comments (22)
WRL wrote:
Whatever I may think of the governator’s competence in the political arena, it’s refreshing to see a high-visibility political figure giving kudos to someone in the other camp. Both sides nowadays seem to be getting too entrenched to get anything useful done, and the real moderates become political pariahs.

Feb 21, 2010 11:38am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlitoRAF wrote:
Kudos, yes. Kudos for creating a lot more government jobs but not jobs in the private sector. State politicos get money from Obama, spend it giving jobs to government employees, and then, the unemployment rate sky rockets. Hmm, something wrong here….

Feb 21, 2010 11:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
Arnold is great!

Feb 21, 2010 11:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
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