Schwarzenegger: Shriver Initially Opposed Run for Governor

On tonight’s “60 Minutes,” former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, on the eve of releasing a new memoir, further elaborated on the affair with the family maid that led to the birth of another son. He also talked about the opposition that wife Maria Shriver had to him running in the recall election in 2003, and that she even “had tears in her eyes” when he told her that he was throwing his hat in the ring.

But one of the more revealing interviews comes from Laurence Leamer on The Daily Beast. He sat down for an interview with him recently, and not only challenged notions that his troubled marriage was a recent concern, but confronted him over the quality of his friendships. Moreover, he got Schwarzenegger to talk about his plans to become a major star again, given that. at 65, he’s now a senior.

“Yeah.
It sucks. Mentally I’m young. But you cannot stop the body from aging.
Someone like myself despises the thought of death. I have a real problem
with that. And after you run up the stairs 10 times, your knees hurt
the next day. What the fuck is that? You know what I’m saying? I mean,
no one told me that’s part of the deal. So it’s like you hear about it
as a kid. Then you grow up. But you don’t pay any attention to it. And
then all of the sudden, you’re at that age and you say, ‘How did that
happen all of a sudden?’”

Another nugget from the “60 Minutes” interview: Schwarzenegger says that he believes in the traditional definition of marriage, but he is not opposed to same-sex marriage. In fact, he tells Lesley Stahl that he performed two same-sex marriage ceremonies when it was legal in California for five months in 2008. They were for his chief of staff, Susan Kennedy, and her partner, as well as an aide.

And despite advocating a California health reform plan that resembles Obamacare, as well as greenhouse gas initiatives, Schwarzenegger says he has not given thought to leaving the Republican party. But he has yet to decide whether he will vote for President Obama or Mitt Romney.

The “60 Minutes” interview, along with backstory, is below.



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