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Arnold Schwarzenegger on Why He Thinks Caitlyn Jenner Has a Chance at California Governor | THR News

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Arnold Schwarzenegger says he believes Caitlyn Jenner has a chance to become the next governor of California as Gavin Newsom faces a recall election in the fall.

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TIFFANY TAYLOR: Arnold Schwarzenegger says he believes Caitlyn Jenner has a chance to become the next governor of California as Gavin Newsom faces a recall election in the fall. Jenner, a Republican, recently announced her plans to run for the top state spot.

Jenner's run for governor mirrors that of fellow public figure and Republican Schwarzenegger's in 2003. He also challenged an embattled Democratic incumbent facing a recall election, and won. During an appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," host Jimmy Kimmel asked the actor and former politician if he thinks Jenner could win.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER: Anyone has a chance because I think that the people are dissatisfied with what's going on here in California. And I hope that as many people as possible are jumping into the race.

TIFFANY TAYLOR: Schwarzenegger noted when he ran for governor during a recall election, there were 150 candidates. He believes there will be at least 100 candidates this time around.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER: The key thing about all of this is, it doesn't matter if it's Caitlyn or is anyone else, you have a clear vision of where you want to go, what are the kind of changes you want to make, and why are you qualified to become governor?

TIFFANY TAYLOR: The star added he is, quote, "very good friends" with Jenner, but declined to say if she called him concerning her decision to run.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER: I have the utmost respect for her. But I'm also very good friends with the Governor Newsom, and I'm good friends with all the other people that have contacted me and have asked me for advice.

TIFFANY TAYLOR: For more on this story, go to THR.com. For "The Hollywood Reporter News," I'm Tiffany Taylor.

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