ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger about a possible role as energy czar if Barack Obama is elected president.
STEPHANOPOULOS: “Newsweek” reported he might want you to be his energy czar. Would you be interested?
SCHWARZENEGGER: I don’t think about taking on a national role. There’s so many challenges we have in California.
STEPHANOPOULOS: If he were president and he called?
SCHWARZENEGGER: It’s hypothetical. I’m always ready to help in any way I can the United States. I’ve committed myself to be a public servant. I said to myself, this country has given me everything. It’s my time now, I’m through with the acting and all of those things that I’ve done, body building, even though I love all of those things still. For me, it’s important to give something back, do my work without getting paid, and give something back. No matter what i do. If i have this position or not, I will be traveling around the world and I will be promoting to be energy dependent, renewables, solar, windmills, all of those things, protecting the environment, protecting the oceans.
STEPHANOPOULOS: If he were president and he called, you would at least take that call?
SCHWARZENEGGER: I would take his call now, I will take his call when he’s president. Any time. Remember, no matter who is president, I don’t see this as a political thing, I see this as we always have to help no matter what the administration is.
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This video is from ABC’s ThisWeek, broadcast July 13, 2008.